The best of North Tyneside’s businesses have been celebrated at the glittering North Tyneside Business Awards.  

The annual awards, which are organised by the North Tyneside Business Forum, celebrate the huge contribution that businesses make to the local economy and how they make North Tyneside a great place to live, work and visit.

The ceremony was held at the Village Hotel on Thursday night (21 November) and was attended by members of the business community. It was hosted by BBC presenter Alfie Joey.

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor, Norma Redfearn CBE, said: “It’s been a great year for many North Tyneside businesses and that is shown in the quality and success of all the winners and finalists who have been highlighted here tonight.

“North Tyneside’s economy relies on business investment and I’m delighted that we can honour them in this way.”

This year there were five sector categories with the winner of each category being automatically entered into the prestigious ‘Business of the Year’ award.

The winners of each category were:

  • New Business – Little Acorns Childcare
  • Leisure & Tourism – Littley Bay
  • Manufacturing & Construction – Blake Hopkinson Architecture
  • Digital & Innovation – Clavis IDS
  • Retail & Service Provider – The Printed Bag Shop
  • Business of the Year – Clavis IDS
  • Special Contribution Award – P&G

There was also the Heart of the Community Award which was nominated and voted for by the public to recognise businesses which show that it is not just the cash flow of a business that counts; it is making a positive difference to the borough. The finalists were Morrisingh’s, Barrier Ex and Tynemouth Decorators. The winning company was Morrisingh’s from West Allotment.

Although the family behind West Allotment store, Morrisingh’s live more than 50 miles away on Teesside, they travel both ways every day to run the store. They play a huge part in local community events and recently helped to regenerate the flower planters around the village. They have a Facebook page which keeps the community up to date with current affairs.

The “North Tyneside Business of the Year” award for 2019 went to New York-based Clavis Integrated Display Systems (IDS) who are recognised as the industry leader for designing and manufacturing belt tension measurement equipment and automotive handbrake setting equipment worldwide.

IDS produces all their project parts in-house to ensure lead times, quality and accuracy is maintained to high standards. All of their machining services and manufacturing processes are backed by a proven and recognised quality system.

The company has evolved over the years, initially producing LED displays primarily used in airports.  Over the years they have designed and manufactured a wide range of products from automated industrial refrigerator doors to bomb disposal robots for police forces and the military.

Mark Errington, Director said: “It’s a pleasure to have been nominated and a great achievement to win this award. We’ve just moved to more modern facilities in the Cobalt Business Park and I can’t wait to share this news with the team as it’s their award. I’m very proud of everyone.”

David W Bavaird, Chair of the North Tyneside Business Forum, said: “I’d like to say huge congratulations to Clavis IDS on winning the award. To come on to win the Business of the Year award following their recent management buyout is a real testament to their success and commitment to North Tyneside.”

For the sixth year, the Special Contribution Award was presented; this was awarded to the business which has made the biggest impact on the local community and economy of North Tyneside. This year the award went to P&G, who have a based in Longbenton and on Cobalt Park.

For more information about the awards, please visit www.northtynesidebusinessawards.co.uk

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