Just two days after announcing the first BUSINESSiQ Awards, we’re thinking conversations might already have started about which companies, organisations or leaders deserve to be in the spotlight.

It’s our readers who will decide, of course, as you nominate anyone from the largest multinational employer to the smallest start-up, from the leader who inspires or the innovator who is changing the sector.

To add your choice to the list of possibles, just scan the code in this picture. That’ll take you to a simple form to record your nomination.

Read more: Why the BUSINESSiQ Awards will mean so much to Alfie

The awards will be hosted by Alfie Joey at Ramside Hall on Friday 28th April 2023. The hall will be the venue for a black tie Champagne reception with a three-course meal, entertainment, guest speakers and awards across a wide range of sectors. Choose as many as you want and fill in the form to give your business champions a chance.

The Northern Echo: Scan the code to nominate your championScan the code to nominate your champion (Image: Newsquest)

Training and Skills Award 

With so many developments and investments in the region, having the right skills at the right time is vital. Which individuals or organisations are making the difference here and helping the region be ready for growth? 

Innovation Award 

We want to recognise the new ideas, processes, hardware or software that is set to change our lives. Who has done something no one has managed before to strengthen a sector and enhance a market? 

New Business of the Year 

You need courage and vision to launch a new business. Who has all that and  is impressing as they take the first few steps on the road to growth and job creation? 

Creative Business of the Year 

From digital pioneers to film-makers, designers and architects, we’re looking for that creative spark that is lighting up the region. Who’s creating change in the North East? 

Export Champion Award 

Having global clients means products and services of the highest quality. Who is flying the flag for the region by taking their goods around the world and attracting attention and investment?

Diversity and Inclusion Award 

There has to be opportunity for all – that’s what this region was built on. So who has impressed you with their strategies and policies, but also with their passion for fairness and determination to deliver equality everywhere? 

Employee Health and Wellbeing Award 

Our most vital assets need looking after, nurturing and supporting. In such challenging times, who is making sure staff from the boardroom to the shopfloor are coping and are part of an understanding workplace family?

 Community Impact Award 

As well as investing in its own business, our great companies support the communities they are a part of. We need to find those who play a key role in your town, village or city and go above and beyond to help out. 

Net Zero Award 

The North East is the new energy capital of the UK, driven by the need to cut back on emissions and help get the whole country to Net Zero. We are looking for the companies and individuals who are leading that mission and setting the pace as the world watches.

And then to finish the night, the Business of the Year and - chosen by BUSINESSiQ - the Inspirational Leader of the Year 

  • For details of how you can be part of the awards as a sponsor, drop a line to ryan.fenwick@localiq.co.uk