52 nominations for Aycliffe’s fourth annual Make Your Mark awards

Hundreds of people are expected to gather for the fourth annual Make Your Mark awards event at the Xcel Centre, Aycliffe Business Park, on Thursday May 24.

A total of 52 nominations have been received for the fourth annual Make Your Mark awards event being held on Aycliffe Business Park in three weeks.

The submissions involve 32 separate companies all vying for 11 different awards which will be dished out during the grand final at the Xcel Centre on Thursday May 24.

Tickets are still on sale for the Make Your Mark event, priced just £21 (including VAT), which can be purchased online at aycliffeawards.co.uk.

Seven businesses are hoping to follow in the footsteps of PWS by winning this year’s coveted Company of the Year award, including Arlington Automotive, Eldon Financial Planning, M5tec, Newton Press, Roman, Stiller Warehousing & Distribution and Virtual College.

And the event organisers, Aycliffe Business Park Community (ABPC), say they’re expecting another bumper turn-out for what has become the business park’s biggest annual event.

ABPC chair Kerina Clark said: “Make Your Mark has very much become a firm highlight on the business park’s calendar, and the excitement is already building for this year’s event.

“We’re delighted to have received so many nominations again, which will provide our judges with the unenviable task of picking out a shortlist and then the 11 winners.

“But the night itself will be a fantastic collective celebration of all our achievements across the whole of Aycliffe Business Park, so we’re very much looking forward to it.”

PWS were crowned Company of the Year during the 2016-17 Make Your Mark awards final.
PWS were crowned Company of the Year during the 2016-17 Make Your Mark awards final.

 

Headline sponsors this year include Business Durham, Gestamp Tallent and Ebac, while other category sponsors include Razorblue, Handelsbanken, County Durham Engineering & Manufacturing Network (CDEMN), Endeavour Partnership, Teesside University, Fleet Recruitment, Logico and Maven Capital Partners.

An independent panel of judges are due to meet on Friday (May 4) to whittle the nominations down to shortlists, before winners for all 11 categories will be chosen.

This year’s nominations in full are:

Company of the Year (sponsored by Business Durham):
  • Arlington Automotive
  • Eldon Financial Planning
  • M5tec
  • Newton Press
  • Roman
  • Stiller Warehousing & Distribution
  • Virtual College

 

Export (sponsored by Ebac):
  1. Crafter’s Companion
  2. Mill Masters International
  3. Roman

 

Apprenticeships and Training (sponsored by Gestamp Tallent):
  • M5tec
  • South West Durham Training

 

Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Razorblue):
  • Arlington Automotive – Dominic Mincher
  • Arlington Automotive – Kaylee McNally
  • Arlington Automotive – Martin Clutterbuck
  • A-Tech Fabrications – Andrew Archer
  • Beaumont Grounds Maintenance – Luke Shaw
  • Gregg Little – Ben Clemmet
  • M5tec – Thomas Lavender
  • More Time – Sophie Bartlett
  • Sporting Force – Adam Holland
  • Thrive Marketing – Rachael Farley
  • Tree Tops Children’s Occupational Therapy – Simon O’Hanlon

 

Employer of the Year (sponsored by Handelsbanken):
  • Arlington Automotive
  • Eldon Financial Planning
  • Thrive Marketing

 

Engineering and Manufacturing (sponsored by CDEMN):
  • Aycliffe Fabrications
  • Formula Plastics
  • Palram DPL
  • Roman
  • Senstronics

 

Heart of the Community (sponsored by Endeavour Partnership):
  • Beaumont Grounds Maintenance
  • Planet Leisure
  • Ruff ‘N’ Tumble
  • Sporting Force
  • The Work Place

 

Innovation (sponsored by Teesside University):
  • DISC
  • Excelpoint

 

Newcomer (sponsored by Fleet Recruitment):
  • Bee Happy 2gether
  • Pixel Media
  • Sporting Force

 

Service (sponsored by Logico):
  • Avec Partnership
  • Beaumont Grounds Maintenance
  • Eldon Financial Planning
  • Stiller Warehousing & Distribution
  • Thrive Marketing

 

Small Business (sponsored by Maven Capital Partners):
  • Beaumont Grounds Maintenance
  • Eldon Financial Planning
  • Fleet Recruitment
  • M5tec
  • Thrive Marketing
  • Tree Tops Children’s Occupational Therapy

 

Tickets are still on sale for the Make Your Mark event, priced just £21 (including VAT), which can be purchased online at aycliffeawards.co.uk.