Professor to be guest speaker at Hartlepool Mail-backed business awards

Andrew Steel, Assistant Principal, Hartlepool College and Further Education, and Hartlepool Business Awards co-ordinator
Andrew Steel, Assistant Principal, Hartlepool College and Further Education, and Hartlepool Business Awards co-ordinator
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THE guest speaker for this year’s Hartlepool Mail-backed business awards has been announced.

Professor Graham Henderson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Teesside University, will be the guest at the Hartlepool Business Awards on Thursday, May 14, from 7pm at the Borough Hall on the Headland. Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel said: “It is a great coup for us.

Vice-Chancellor,  Professor Graham Henderson VCE.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Henderson VCE.

Teesside University has national acclaim and has won numerous awards for its progress as one of Britain’s best regarded modern universities.

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills, Dr Vince Cable MP, has described Teesside University as ‘Britain’s best for working with business’.

Professor Henderson has been awarded a CBE in 2011 for his outstanding services to local and national higher education.

Mr Steel added: “The university works very closely with establishments and businesses in Hartlepool and has a fantastic track record, working successfully with businesses in the town. We are really pleased to have him on board.”

Tickets for the awards are £35 for anyone who buys their ticket before April 1, and £40 after that. Categories in this year’s competition are;

• Service Sector category sponsored by Waltons Clark Whitehill.

• The Manufacturing category, sponsored by Tilly Bailey and Irvine.

• The Community sector sponsored by the Hartlepool Mail.

• The Business Leader section sponsored by the Hartlepool Business Forum.

• The sector for Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality sponsored by the Passport Group.

• The category for Creative Industries sponsored by Cleveland College of Art and Design.

• The Young Entrepreneur section backed by the Gus Robinson Foundation & Northgate.

• The Most Promising New Business sector sponsored by Brian Beaumont and Hartlepool Enterprise Centre.

• The Investment in Training section backed by Hartlepool College of Further Education.

• The Best Small Business award sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses.

• Overall Business of The Year sponsored by HSBC.

To enter, visit http://hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk/ by Monday, March 16.