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2019 Highlights

Take a look below to see a showcase of 2019's award winners.


Business of the Year and Digital & Innovation Award Winner 2019

Clavis IDS

Integrated Display Systems is the worldwide industry leader for designing and manufacturing belt tension equipment and handbrake setting equipment.

Main Achievements:

  • 95% of sales are exported to a global customer base, including household names such as Ford and VW.
  • a series of patented products to become the global belt tension experts,
  • In May 2018 the business was acquired in a MBO and have since invested signi?cant sums in new plant, machinery and premises.
Digital & Innovation
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New Business Award Winner 2019

Little Acorns Childcare

An arts based nursery where all children are mixed from 0-5. They are passionate about community well-being.

Main Achievements:

  • Teaching children to foster a love of our community
  • The progress that children make at Little Acorns is exceptional
  • Family run business with a family feel which parents, and staff, love
New Business
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New Business

Retail and Service Provider Award Winner 2019

The Printed Bag Shop

Suppliers of bespoke printed bags and packaging across the UK and worldwide to both trade and end user customers, focusing on high quality, sustainable options for the events, retail, e-commerce industries and more.

Main Achievements:

  • We have no debt or borrowings
  • We have continually grown the business for 12 years
  • Turnover in excess of £1.2 million with only 6 employees
Retail and Service Provider
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Leisure and Tourism Award Winner 2019

Littley Bay

A locally themed coastal role play cafe which celebrates the wonderful area in which it resides, allowing children to learn through play and adults to relax and recuperate.

Main Achievements:

  • Establishing a solid following on social media – 5,000 followers on Facebook with a reach of up to 210,000, amassing 164 five star reviews, 1297 Instagram followers.
  • Sponsorship from local businesses to create a mini Whitley bay town to celebrate and advertise our local area.
  • Currently shortlisted as the ‘best day out for little ones’ with Day Out with the kids (awaiting decision) and top 10 things to do with kids in the north east (the chronicle)
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Manufacturing and Construction Award Winner 2019

Blake Hopkinson Architecture

An R.I.B.A. chartered architectural practice with a specialism in communal living schemes for older persons and specialist care.

Main Achievements:

  • this financial year the business has cleared £1m turnover for the first time, employing 16 professional staff.
  • a wide range of clients and successfully completed projects right across the North East and new projects in Huddersfield and Bradford
  • The practice has expanded its commercial sector work completing £20m of schemes in in the last financial year. New commissions have been secured with Stirling Pharma and MSD
Manufacturing and Construction
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Heart of the Community Winner 2019

Morrisinghs

A family run community shop, in the village of West Allotment

 “A shining star of our community. Jel was living over in Stockton but he lives west allotment so much he has moved in very local, clearly someone’s who cares about what goes on in the village and honestly hand on heart believe he would do anything for anyone his wife included!”

Heart of the Community Winner
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