Northern Business Star Awards 2016

April 14, 2016

The region’s business stars step into the spotlight as local enterprise agencies and business heavyweights toast to their success at second annual Northern Business Star Awards.

Designed to showcase the enterprising talent we have here in our region, the Sage Northern Business Star Awards took place at Newcastle City Library for a second year last night presented by Made in Tyne and Wear presenter Peter Grant, creating a welcome opportunity for the winners and finalists to enjoy an evening of celebration and moment in the spotlight.

Made in Tyne and Wear Presenter, Peter Grant

Thanks to sponsorship from headline sponsors Sage UK, whose global headquarters are based in Newcastle and investment from sponsors Generation North East, Sodexo, The Skills Hub, Reviving The Heart of The West End and The Prince’s Trust; the search was on to find the next #awesomestar as the newly re-branded Northern Business Star Awards (formerly the Northern Star Awards) invited entrepreneurs across the region to nominate themselves, or someone they know for one of six awards.

Competition was fiercely tough as the awards’ organisers, comprising of representatives from local enterprise agencies PNE Enterprise, TEDCO Business Support, The Prince’s Trust and Newcastle Library’s Business & IP Centre, received over 100 nominations for the six award categories. From virtual reality games and drone surveyors, to construction, affiliate marketing and property management – there was a real mix of forward-thinking industries shortlisted as finalists. Creativity and innovation from the awards’ organisers and everyone who was nominated remain the driving force behind the Northern Business Star Awards. Each finalist shortlisted took great pride in their work and last night’s awards were a way of raising the bar, building reputation, recruiting and retaining the best talent, and driving their businesses forward.

Niyc Pidgeon, Founder of optimallyou

The Awards Ceremony proved to be a fantastic event for all involved and welcomed last year’s overall winner Niyc Pidgeon as keynote speaker for the event. Now living in LA, Positive Psychologist Niyc has gone on to receive her first publishing deal since winning her award and works as a coach and mentor. Taking home the overall Northern Business Star Award for his unwavering compassion and commitment to hiring a local workforce on regional and national jobs was Matthew Lockie, founder of Northern Joinery Solutions Limited. The runner up title went to inspirational young entrepreneur Laura Burlison whose six-acre small holding and farm shop The Paddock brings local, fresh, seasonal, home grown, homemade and organically sourced food to the doors of local people throughout Gateshead, Newcastle, County Durham and Northumberland.

Speaking to Adam McDowell from The Princes Trust and co-organiser of the awards: “The awards were a great source of satisfaction to the individual winners and finalists. They take pride in their work and to see that recognised officially amongst their peers, colleagues, family and friends made for a truly memorable evening. We plan to continue to host the awards for many years to come, inspired by what we have seen tonight.”

NBSA Finalists and Sponsors