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Katy Sue Designs shortlisted for 2020 North East Business Award

Katy Sue Designs shortlisted for 2020 North East Business Award

Katy Sue Designs has been shortlisted in the Small Business Award category at the Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside heat of the North East Business Awards 2020.

The North East Business Awards, organised by The Journal and The Gazette (part of Reach plc, formerly Trinity Mirror plc), toast success, celebrate achievement and highlight successful and innovative businesses doing fantastic things in the North East of England. The awards shine a light on companies large and small, new and established, to highlight how the North East is a great place to live, work and do business.

This year makes the 20th year of the North East Business Awards and the celebrations will include three award dinners divided by region: Northumberland & Tyneside at Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on the 27th February, Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside at the Ramside Hall Hotel in County Durham on the 12th March, and Teesside on 26th March at Middlesbrough College.

Following these award dinners, the region will come together for a Grand Final dinner on 30th April at Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield.

Katy Sue Designs will be attending the Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside award dinner where they are nominated for a Small Business Award.

Sue Balfour, CEO of Katy Sue Designs says, "It is wonderful to be recognised and nominated for a Small Business Award by the North East Business Awards. We pride ourselves on the team and company we have built over the years, and for the strong connection we have to the North East area with our offices and manufacturing based at South Shields Business Works. I’m looking forward to the event, and wish all those shortlisted the best of luck.”

The full shortlist is as below:

Apprenticeships, Training & Skills Award (sponsored by Esh Group):
Funky Chunky Furniture
ITC Service
Sotech Limited

Company of the Year (sponsored by Bernicia):
AR Power
Crafter’s Companion
Demeter Water Solutions

Digital Technology Award (sponsored by Sunderland College):
Cameo Digital
Concept IT
ITC Service

Heart of The Community Award:
believe Housing
Keepmoat Homes
Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd

Innovation Award (sponsored by Business Durham):
Nine Software

High Growth & Ambition Award:
Design X-Press
Tayloredfit Physio

Manufacturing Award (sponsored by South Tyneside Council):
Design X-Press
Marmax Products Ltd
Sotech Limited

Newcomer of the Year (sponsored by Virgin Money):
Azalea Academy CIC
Breakfree Counselling Service Ltd
Mint Business Club

Services Award:
DKS Straightforward Ltd
Expedient Training Services
Stiller Warehousing and Distribution

Small Business Award (sponsored by North East Business & Innovation Centre):
Excelpoint Limited
Funky Chunky Furniture
Katy Sue Designs Ltd

Tourism & Hospitality Award:
Adventure Valley
No 16. Seaham
Sunderland AFC


To find out more about the North East Business Awards, please visit or follow the hashtag #NEBizAwards20 on social media.

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