A HARTLEPOOL firm is celebrating after taking home one of the top honours at a prestigious awards ceremony.
Hart Biologicals won an accolade at the Business for Life Awards, which recognises the North-East’s top achievers in healthcare and life sciences.
The firm won the Export Award, sponsored by UK Trade and Investment, at Cels Business for Life Awards, held at Newcastle United’s St James’s Park ground.
The firm, which manufactures biological reagents used in the investigation of blood clotting, was founded in 2002 with just three staff.
It now supplies its products across the globe, from South America to Asia, from its base at Hartlepool’s Queens Meadow Business Park.
Albert Pattinson, founder and managing director of Hart Biologicals, collected the award and said he was delighted by the win.
He added: “This award recognises the hard work put in by the whole team at the company to make Hart Biologicals a preferred partner in the manufacture and supply of specialised diagnostic reagents to numerous markets outside the UK.
“We will be looking to build on this success going in to 2012 by increasing our export activities further in terms of volume and countries served.”
Dr Mike Nicholds, managing director at Cels, said: “The North-East’s healthcare and life sciences sector continues to grow thanks to the success of firms like Hart Biologicals, that has developed into a truly global business over the past decade.
“Although there is a great deal of change going on in the global sector and in the region, it is great to see and be able to celebrate regional success stories such as Hart Biologicals.
“By being innovative they are developing markets and providing critical diagnostic reagents and services in this growing sector.”
Also picking up an award on the night was the Healthworks centre in Easington Colliery, run by Country Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, which picked up two awards for its work improving the quality of life of residents.
The resource centre which brings together 45 health and community support services to promote health and wellbeing in the area won the Primary Care Award sponsored by Sunderland University which recognises organisations whose innovative services or products have improved the lives of patients.
It also won the prize for Partnership with the NHS, sponsored by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, at Newcastle University.
Now in its fifth year, the prestigious awards are run by Cels, a specialist business services organisation providing a unique range of business development solutions to the life science and health technologies sectors. This year it attracted the greatest number of nominations to date, reflecting the wealth of talent in the sector.