New backers for Hartlepool Business Awards

Hartlepool Business Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel.

Hartlepool Business Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel.

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An awards night - recognising the elite in the Hartlepool business world - has attracted top-class sponsorship support.

New backers have joined the Hartlepool Business Awards. And in a second boost, organisers have told how this year’s competition is in demand from entries.

The double dose of good news was given by awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel who told how the Gus Robinson Foundation had taken over as the new sponsor for the Overall Business of the Year award.

Mr Steel said: “I am extremely grateful to the Gus Robinson Foundation for sponsoring the main award as well as the Young Entrepreneur category.”

He said the awards evening and prize money was made possible through such sponsorship.

Mr Steel said the support was “a fantastic gesture and one that is greatly appreciated by many.”

Also on board are new sponsors in EDF and UK Steel Enterprise this year.

Mr Steel said: “It shows how well the awards are respected by major businesses in the town and again I am extremely grateful to both organisations for supporting the event.”

Guest of honour this year is Jeff Stelling and the awards finale will be at the Borough Hall on Thursday, May 12.

Categories up for grabs are Community; Most Promising New Business; Creative Industries; Best Small Business; Investment in Training; Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality; Manufacturing; Young Entrepreneur; Service Sector; Business Leader of the Year. An Overall Business of the Year will also be chosen.

To apply, visit www.hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk/application