A new award honouring businesses within the local community is to be introduced at this year’s North Tyneside Business Awards.

The new ‘Heart of the Community’ award will recognise businesses that go the extra mile to be a firm part of the community. This could be by employing local people, showing commitment to the local area or just providing excellent customer service.

Businesses from all sectors and sizes can be nominated for this new award. Nominated business must have been trading for a minimum of six months by Thursday 31 August, 2017.

The judging panel will be the North Tyneside Business Forum Management Group who will consider how well applicants meet the stated criteria. The panel’s decision will be based solely on information provided in the nomination form.

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This new award is a fantastic way for us to show our appreciation to all the businesses in North Tyneside and their contribution that they make to our borough.

“I would like to wish all of our entrants the best of luck in this year’s competition.”

Chair of North Tyneside Business Forum, David Bavaird said “I believe this is a fantastic way to engage the local residents, which use the services of our local businesses every day and to recognise the commitment which the businesses have for their local area.”

“Residents will also be able to vote for their favourite business from a shortlist of three later in the year and I believe this will significantly increase the profile of our vibrant business forum”

The North Tyneside Business Awards 2017 are run by the North Tyneside Business Forum in partnership with TEDCO, ENGIE, Capita and Kier. The main sponsor of the Business Forum for this year is RSM.

Registered charities and businesses which are funded by public sector organisations are not eligible for these awards.

This year’s Business Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 30 November at the Village Hotel, Cobalt Business Park.

Nominations will close on August 31. To nominate a business for this award, visit www.northtynesidebusinessawards.co.uk.

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