A BARNARD Castle-based digital marketing company has been judged one of the best in the region.

Zine was voted Internet and ICT business of the year in the Durham and Wearside heat of the North-East Business Awards.

Founded in 2010, Zine, which has 50 offices throughout the country, will now go forward to the regional finals at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, on May 1.

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Alan Bradley, managing director, said: “The team here in Barnard Castle works hard to deliver the very latest in digital services.

“We are proud of our rural roots and we're delighted to be recognised for our achievements.”

The company's services range from simple and e-commerce websites to sophisticated, bespoke sites and App developments.

Zine also offers internet marketing services to help clients grow their online enterprises.

Clients include Cisco, British Gas and the UK Government.