Top firms have more time to enter Hartlepool 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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HARTLEPOOL’S top companies have even more time to put themselves forward for the town’s prestigious business awards.

Organisers of the annual event have moved the deadline - for entries in the Hartlepool Business Awards - to Monday, March 24.

And that means even more time for firms to give themselves a chance of winning the competition which concludes with a glittering finale in May.

Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel said: “The message to companies is don’t delay. There are plenty of opportunities for firms to put themselves in the running and be part of a gala evening. It would be great to get even more firms involved.”

The competition concludes with the awards night at the Borough Hall on Thursday, May 15. There are 10 categories to compete for, each carrying a prize worth £1,000.

But the ultimate accolade is Hartlepool Business of the Year which this year carries a £2,000 prize. Tickets to see the event are £35 per person if bought before April and £40 after.

The categories for the competition are;

Retail sector sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Service sector sponsored by Waltons Clark Whitehill.

Manufacturer of the Year sponsored by Tilly Bailey and Irvine.

Most Promising New Business sponsored by Hartlepool Enterprise Centre and Brain Beaumont

Exporter category sponsored by the North East Chamber of Commerce.

Community category sponsored by the Hartlepool Mail.

Training category sponsored by Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Innovation sponsored by Digital City.

Tourism and leisure sponsored by Hartlepool Borough Council.

Business Personality of the Year.

All of the above categories carry a prize worth £1,000.

The Business of Year title is sponsored by HSBC. The winner of this category receives a prize of £2,000.

Mr Steel added: “We need as many businesses as possible to come forward and make this as successful an event as possible.”

For more details on the awards and application forms, visit the Hartlepool Business Forum website at http://hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk/