Judges faced tough choice in picking winner of Mail-backed Hartlepool Business Awards

(left to right) Alan Wright, Paul Wilderspin and Chris Cordner
(left to right) Alan Wright, Paul Wilderspin and Chris Cordner

JUDGES have praised the standard of entrants for the Hartlepool Mail-backed category of a business competition.

A panel of three people met to deliberate on the shortlist and winner for the community category of the Hartlepool Business Awards. The community section is sponsored by the Mail,

The category was judged by Hartlepool Mail columnist Alan Wright, the paper’s assistant editor Paul Wilderspin, and head of features and business reporter Chris Cordner.

At the end of the process Alan said: “I am always impressed with the community feel of business in Hartlepool and it is nice to see such spirit as always in our town.”

Paul praised the “variety, determination to succeed, and ingenuity of the companies which entered this year’s awards. With this standard of entry, our town is in good hands.”

Chris said: “This was no easy task to choose a winner, but then that’s no surprise. Hartlepool is a town with entrepreneurial skill in abundance.”

The Hartlepool Business Awards grand finale this year will be the awards night at the Borough Hall on Thursday, May 15.

There are 10 categories to compete for, plus the ultimate accolade is that of Hartlepool Business of the Year.

The categories for the competition are;

Retail sector sponsored by the Federation of Small Businesses.

Service sector sponsored by Waltons Clark Whitehill.

Manufacturer of the Year sponsored by Tilly Bailey and Irvine.

Most Promising New Business sponsored by 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 and leisure sponsored by Hartlepool Borough Council.

Business Personality of the Year.

The Business of Year title is sponsored by HSBC.

For more details on the awards, including ticket availability, visit the Hartlepool Business Forum website at http://hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk