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The search is on for the North East’s most outstanding small businesses

Small businesses across the North East are being encouraged to enter a new awards programme launched by the Federation of Small Businesses. Small businesses across the North East employ over 360,000 people and contribute £36bn to the national economy. Recognising the huge contribution small businesses across the North East make is what the newly announced Awards are all about.

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 are now open (11 September) and small businesses in the North East of England have until 10 November 2017 to enter for free. The awards will celebrate the best of the area’s 67,800 small businesses and their vast contribution to both regional and national economies.

The North East area winners of 12 award categories will be announced at an award ceremony in January and will then go forward to the national UK FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards final, where the overall FSB UK Small Business of the Year 2018 will be announced, in May 2018. 

Ted Salmon, FSB regional chairman for the North East, said: “For a chance to be recognised as the best small business in the North East, as well as in the whole UK, I’d encourage all small businesses to enter the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. SMEs are a vital part of the North East – contributing so much to the economy and making our region a more exciting place in which to live, work, study and visit.”

The 12 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards categories are: 

•        Business Exporter of the Year
•        Ethical – Green Business of the Year
•        Business and Product Innovation Award 
•        Digital Business of the Year
•        Microbusiness of the Year 
•        Start-up of the Year
•        Scale-up of the Year 
•        Family Business of the Year
•        Young Entrepreneur of the Year
•        Employer of the Year
•        The Triumph Over Adversity Award
•        Community Award (area level only)  

For further information and to enter the awards visit