HARTLEPOOL’S best companies were today told “get your name into the hat for a new-look competition”.
The annual Hartlepool Business Awards are back with prizes worth £12,000 up for grabs.
Once again, it promising to be a glitzy affair with a grand finale at the Borough Hall on Thursday, May 15.
But first, entries are needed for the competition which has a couple of twists for 2013/14.
l There’s a new category for the Hartlepool Business Personality of the Year.
l There’s a new award co-ordinator too. Andrew Steel. The Hartlepool College of Further Education assistant principal has taken over the role which was previously held by John Megson.
l Plenty of familiar categories are back such as retail, manufacturer, exporter, most promising new business, and tourism.
l There are ten categories to compete for, each carrying a prize worth £1,000.
l And there’s the ultimate accolade of Hartlepool Business of the Year which this year carries a £2,000 prize.
Last night, a packed audience of invited guests gathered at Cleveland College of Art and Design for the awards launch, to hear the details of this year’s competition.
Mr Steel said: “We may be in difficult economic times but we should be doing our best to shout about all the good things we have in this town.
“There is no better event than this one to celebrate our successes.”
The categories for the competition are;
Retail sector – sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses.
Service sector – sponsored by Waltons Clark Whitehill.
Manufacture category – sponsored by Tilly Bailey and Irvine.
Most Promising New Business – 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 – sponsored by Hartlepool Borough Council.
Business Personality of the Year.
All of the above categories carry a prize worth £1000.
The Business of Year title is sponsored by HSBC. The winner of this category receives a prize of £2000.
Tickets for the event are £35 per person if they are bought before April and £40 after.
Interested people can also take out differing levels of sponsorship packages for the awards, ranging from bronze to silver, gold and platinum.
For more details and application forms, visit the Hartlepool Business Forum website at http://hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk/