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2018 Highlights

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Take a look below to see a showcase of 2018's award winners.

You can also view last years awards ceremony captured on video.

Business of the Year and Digital & Innovation Award Winner 2018

Monitor Coatings

Technology leaders for surface engineering in extreme environments

Main Achievements:

  • Renowned for their enviable research and development portfolio that enables and develops innovative products and technologies. Monitor Coatings currently leading five Innovate UK projects, with a budget close to £2m. 
  • One of the first UK companies to receive the international Aerospace NADCAP accreditation, which has qualified Monitor Coatings to apply its proprietary technology on critical parts in jet engines.
  • Monitor Coatings highly respected reputation has led to the prestigious contract for developing and applying an innovative non-skid, thermal gas wash resistant deck coating for the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth and Prince of Wales Aircraft Carrier Decks. 
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New Business Award Winner 2018

Bright and Beautiful

An ethical, eco-friendly cleaning, tidying, laundry and ironing service, offering high standards and reliable service to regular and one off clients

Main Achievements:

  • Tripling the number of employees within the first year of business, from 3 to 9.
  • Achieving a 90% client retention rate for quality of service (industry average is 55%).
  • Opening business premises within North Tyneside to professionally operate the business.
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Retail & Service Provider Award Winner 2018


Heliguy is a Drone retailer, training centre and repair centre with a mission to honestly advise, support and provide additional services; enabling people and businesses to advance faster in the commercial drone industry.

Main Achievements:

  • Outstanding Retail and Enterprise Client Service and Support
  • Civil Aviation Authority National Qualified Entity (NQE) for Drone Pilot Training
  • Established Manufacturer Qualified Repair Centre
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Retail & Service Provider

Leisure & Tourism Award Winner 2018

Rileys Fish Shack

Operating a many faceted food, drink and events business of international quality based on the fish landed at North Shields Fish Quay.

Main Achievements:

  • Building, launching and operating Riley’s Fish Shack in King Edwards Bay for three years
  • Achieving national and international recognition for the quality of the food and the experience
  • Achieving support from international chefs and critics, private investors, the Borough, the Port and the Fishing Industry for development plans in the Ice Tower and on the West Quay
Leisure & Tourism
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Manufacturing & Construction Award Winner 2018

Barrier Ex Ltd

The company is comprised of 4 divisions and trades internationally in hazardous area solutions including lighting, LED lighting solutions, electrical engineering and composites (GRP)

Main Achievements:

  • Successful in receiving an Innovate UK grant in 2018
  • Selected for the scale up north east programme
  • Developed 2 new niche products in 2018 
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Manufacturing & Construction