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21/03/2017

Judging: A chance to meet great companies

Picking a shortlist for any award is a difficult process, especially when you have so many excellent entrants.That’s why we go out and meet all the nominated businesses where possible.

Meeting business owners gives us real insight into the companies nominated; the people and culture as well all the hard work that goes into the operation.

For the Let’s Grow category of the Teesside NE Business Awards we had to whittle down the list of entries from nine to three.

The judging panel – which included me (Allison Routledge) and my colleague Nicky Atkinson, as well as Craig Malarkey, from TBI and James Dale, from Anderson Barrowcliff  – went out and spoke to eight of the nine companies.

We were delighted by the breadth and quality of all the businesses and were able to give positive and constructive feedback to all – whether they made the shortlist or not.

We really enjoyed meeting these businesses and want to encourage them to continue to showcase themselves and to demonstrate the exceptional talent we have here in the North East!