A SPECIALIST design company is celebrating after being declared the best business in Hartlepool.
Deepdale Solutions, which marks its 21st year in business this year, lifted the trophy as the Hartlepool Business of the Year.
Delighted representatives of the firm, based on the Queens Meadow Business Park, collected the honour at the Hartlepool Mail-backed Hartlepool Business Awards held last night at the Borough Hall.
Deepdale, which has a staff of more than 60 people working in design, manufacturing and installation for the construction industry first won the title in 2006.
Now it has been crowned the best in town again.
The company also won the title of Manufacturer of the Year at last night’s event.
It has been an exceptional year for the number of entries and for the quality of them.Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel
Deepdale specialises in curtain walling, windows and doors and associated items.
Other notable winners were Advanced Retail Solutions, which develops products for industries including the hairdressing sector.
They were tops in the Most Promising New Business and Best Small Business categories. Catcote Academy, which has 146 students aged from 11 to 19 as well as Catcote Futures, which caters for post- 19 provision, won the Investment in Training section.
Footprints Learning For Life won the Service Sector trophy, while Luke Robertson, who runs the wall art firm WallChimp was crowned as Young Entrepreneur.
Brian Beaumont, who helped set up the Hartlepool Business Awards around 15 years ago as a founding member, was chosen as Business Leader of the Year and the Flagship Restaurant won the Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality sector.
Specsavers were revealed as the community champions while M Media & Design were the Creative Industries category winner.
Awards co-ordinator Andrew Steel told the Mail: “It has been an exceptional year for the number of entries and for the quality of them.
“It is really pleasing that, in a difficult economic climate, businesses are still thriving and being positive, and the awards were a great example of some great businesses in the town leading the way forward.”
l Watch out for more reaction, interviews and photographs from the business awards night in a supplement in the Hartlepool Mail next Wednesday.
Roll of honour:
Manufacturing - Deepdale Solutions.
Most Promising New Business - Advanced Retail Solutions.
Investment in Training - Catcote Academy.
Service Sector Footprints - Learning For Life.
Young Entrepreneur - WallChimp.
Business Leader of the Year - Brian Beaumont.
Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality - The Flagship Restaurant.
Community - Specsavers.
Best Small Business - Advanced Retail Solutions.
Creative Industries - M Media & Design.
Overall Business of The Year - Deepdale Solutions.