The nominations are in, the judging panel has met and now we can reveal who has made the shortlist for this year's Northumberland Business Awards.

Thursday, 8th February 2018, 08:19 am
Updated Thursday, 8th February 2018, 08:26 am
North of Tyne weeklies editor Paul Larkin at last years awards.

Being our 10th annual event celebrating the best of the county’s business, securing a place on the shortlist is a creditable achievement and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at Linden Hall next week.

Here is the shortlist in full:

Small Business of the Year (under 10 employees)

Trainbase Ltd;

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Ina Spratt BSC HCP;

Bex Boutique;

Powder Room Spa &Beauty;

Fusion PR.

Large Business of the Year (11-plus employees)

George F White;

Northumbrian Water;

Newcastle Airport;

Port of Blyth;

Smailes Construction Ltd;

Tharsus Group.

Employer of the Year

George F White

Coquet Cottages Ltd;

Banks Group;

Tharsus Group.

Apprentice/Trainee of the Year

Laurie Murray, Amble Pin Cushion;

Jack Thomas, Tharsus Group;

Rebecca Henry, Tharsus Group;

Connor Little, Universal Wolf;

Jack Sams, Smailes Construction;

Stephen Jones, Smailes Construction.

Innovation Award

Dockside Gallery;

Pharma Nord;

Bazaar Group.

New Business (under two years)


Mrs O’s Caring Hands;

The Unit Health &Fitness.

Best Green Business Award



Leisure Award

Kielder Waterside/
Northumbrian Water;

Whitehouse Farm;

SMILE Through Sport CIC.

Tourism Business Award

Border Holiday Homes;

Doxford Barns;

Coquet Cottages;

The Black Bull Hotel;

Mains Cottages;

The Coach House.

Creative Industries Award

Emma Rothera Photography;

Elements shop;

Rainbow Pottery Painting;

Visual Punch.

Sole Trader of the Year

Carly Richards – The Business Psychology Expert;

Emma Bunting;

Elite Fitness.