What a glittering occasion it was as the best in Wearside learned of their fate at the Stadium of Light, on Thursday 15th October 2015.
Viztek Ltd – supplier and installer of tactile paving products, were present amongst the night’s winners. The company’s textured ground surface tiles can be found on many footpaths, stairs and station platforms across the country, and work with the approval of Network Rail. After celebrating a successful year that saw the company receive support from Sir Richard Branson himself; Chris Elliott, the company’s director, was thrilled to be awarded Creative Company of the Year.
Other highlights of a wonderful occasion included Washington-based Expert Tooling & Automation lifting the title of Overall Business of the Year, as well as the Best Training Provider category.
But the standing ovation for Wearside’s best business was only one of many memorable moments.
The winner of this year’s lifetime achievement award was Kevin Fitzpatrick, who rose through the ranks to become Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK.
He’s the man who comes up with the strategies to make sure Sunderland keeps winning contracts for new cars.
There were awards too for Hadrian Technology, which was honoured as the small business of the year, Sweet Tooth Delivery in the medium business category and Andrew James as the large business of the year.
Employer of the Year is Pebbletree while Adam Walmsley – who combined a fantastic working life with helping to run a football team – was the apprentice/trainee of the year.
Unified Software lifted the Technology title and the Social Enterprise Award went to The Funky Indian.
City Centre Business of the Year was Serendipity, while Katie’s Garden is this year’s New Business of the Year.
Age UK Sunderland won the special community award, while Elm Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions was judged the winner of the Best Green Business Award.
Exporter of the year was Designerchildrenswear.com – Avenue, while the leisure award went to the Roker Hotel.
Small Business of the Year, (sponsored by The Bridges) – Hadrian Technology.
Medium Business of the Year, sponsored by Thompson Skips & Environmental Services –
Sweet Tooth Delivery.
Large Business of the Year, (sponsored by Sunderland College) – Andrew James UK.
Employer of the Year, (sponsored by TTR Barnes) – Pebbletree Ltd.
Technology of the year, (sponsored by Sunderland Echo) – Unified Software Ltd.
New Business Award, (sponsored by Maxim) – Katie’s Garden.
City Centre Business, (sponsored by Sunderland BID) – Serendipity.
Special Community Award, (sponsored by Gentoo) – Age UK Sunderland.
Best Green Business, (sponsored by Stagecoach) – Elm Electric Vehicle Charging Solutions.
Best Training Provider, (sponsored by TTR Barnes) – Expert Tooling and Automation.
Exporter of the Year, (sponsored by Andrew James) – Designerchildrenswear.com.
Leisure Award, (sponsored by Station Taxis) – The Roker Hotel.
Creative Industries Award, (sponsored by Sunderland Echo) – Viztek.
Apprentice/Trainee of the Year, (sponsored by Telfer Carpets) – Adam Walmsley.
Social Enterprise Award, (sponsored by Sunderland City Council)- Kam Chera, The Funky Indian.
Lifetime Achievement Award (sponsored by Make It Sunderland)- Kevin Fitzpatrick.
Overall Business of the Year (sponsored by Make It Sunderland)- Expert Tooling & Automation.