AN award-winning cable company has urged Hartlepool’s firms to put themselves in the running for honours.
JDR Cables, which is based at a state-of-the-art plant in Greenland Road in Hartlepool, has only been opened in town around seven years.
But it won both the Business of the Year and the Manufacturer of the Year titles at the 2014 Hartlepool Business Awards and now the search is on for the 2015 contenders.
The firm which makes subsea cabling for the wind, oil and gas offshore sectors, has grown to become an employer of 160 people in town.
Judges chose the company as a double award winner after hearing how the firm had “a strong emphasis on continuous improvement.”
Operations director Don Rosie said: “It was excellent for all the guys at JDR to win. When people come to JDR and come in to the reception, they can see the plaques from our win.”
Mr Rosie encouraged firms to enter the 2015 awards – which are now open – and said: “I think there is a great satisfaction when you are recognised in the community for what you have done. There is a sense of pride at being recognised among your peers.”
For the first time, this year the awards organisers want contenders to register their interest on the awards website which can be found at http://hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk/
And in another first, categories have been created for creative industries, young entrepreneur, and best small business.
Companies can register themselves in most categories but there is one where people can nominate other people - the Business Leader section which was created for last year’s competition.
To express an interest in any of the categories, visit the website here.
The categories are:
• Service Sector category sponsored by Waltons Clark Whitehill. This section has a prize of £500 cash and £500 services.
• The Manufacturing category, which is sponsored by Tilly Bailey and Irvine. The winner’s prize is £500 cash and £500 services.
• The Community sector is sponsored by the Hartlepool Mail and has a prize of £500 cash and £500 services.
• The Business Leader section is sponsored by the Hartlepool Business Forum and comes with a special award.
• The sector for Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality is sponsored by the Passport Group. It has a prize of £500 cash.
• The category for Creative Industries is sponsored by Cleveland College of Art and Design. The prize for this sector is £500 cash.
• The Young Entrepreneur section has been backed by the Gus Robinson Foundation & Northgate. It has a prize of £1,000 cash.
• The Most Promising New Business sector is sponsored by Brian Beaumont and Hartlepool Enterprise Centre. The prize for the winner in this category is £500 cash and £500 in services.
• The Investment in Training section is sponsored by Hartlepool College of Further Education. The winner of this category will pick up a £500 cash prize.
• The Best Small Business award is sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses. The prize to the winner in this section is £500 cash.
• The prestigious title of Overall Business of The Year carries a prize of £1000 in cash and and £1000 in services. The category has been sponsored by HSBC.
• Firms can express an interest in the competition first, by visiting http://hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk/
• More details on the finale and tickets are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.