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The University of Sunderland is a university located in Sunderland in the North East of England.

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North East Business Awards 2021 LIVE: Updates as region's top companies prepare for awards night

Sep 23, 2021

North East Business Awards 2021 LIVE: Updates as region's top companies prepare for awards night The North East Business Awards return to Hardwick Hall tonight Businesses from across the region will gather once again for the annual North East Business Awards tonight. Companies will be invited back to the grand marquee at Hardwick Hall after last year's event was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s awards will feature a single event on September 23, instead of the previous heats in various parts of the region with a new category that reflects the challenges of Covid-19. Graeme Whitfield, Business and Agenda Editor for Reach in the North East, said: " The pandemic has hit us all in some way. People have lost their jobs and some businesses have been unable to survive, including one of our finalists tonight. "Given everything that happened, we did pause to consider whether we should go ahead with these awards at all. But the number of entries we received and the quality of them has shown that we were right to do so." You can follow our live blog below for all the latest updates on the awards ceremony. As Graeme mentioned in his speech, times have been tough for all businesses. That includes one of the finalists tonight - Green Energy. They have become the fifth energy supplier to go out of business in September after a spike in gas prices put massive pressure on the sector. Green, which has around 180 staff at its Newcastle city centre base at The Core, was reported earlier in the week to be working with business advisors Alvarez & Marsal to prepare for insolvency. In a statement released by the firm, Green rejected suggestions from Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng that it was guilty of “bad business practices” and instead that it had been a victim of unprecedented conditions in the energy market and “several other factors outside of Green’s control”. The firm added: “Green fears that smaller energy suppliers are being left behind by the Government, with rescue packages being put in place for larger suppliers and for private discussions to be held with the Business Secretary. “There is a position in Government and Ofgem that smaller suppliers should be left to fail, despite the unprecedented increases in wholesale electricity and gas, the cost of failed suppliers being mutualised across the industry, and an outdated price cap methodology forcing smaller suppliers to sell at a loss.” Graeme's speech concludes "It’s great to see so many of you here tonight - we wish it could be more but our capacity has been reduced for obvious reasons. I want in particular to welcome our guest speaker Jo Fairley, the founder of chocolate company Green and Blacks. Jo is a former journalist who went on to run a chocolate business, which is very much the career path I like to imagine for myself. If anyone is thinking of bothering Jo for discount chocolate, please get in line. "I’d also like to thank our sponsors for their support in putting on tonight’s event, and for helping to judge these awards. In particular I’d like to thank headline sponsor Middlesbrough College, associate sponsor Sage, and our category sponsors Business Durham, FW Capital, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University, Nifco, the North of Tyne Combined Authority, Northern Skills Group, Opportuni, Peacocks Medical Group, Tees Valley Business, University of Sunderland and Virgin Money. "Thanks also go to our event sponsors Vertu Motors and Northumbria Spring by Clearly Drinks. "Best of luck in the awards, and please have a great night." 19:17 He continues: "The decision to move Government departments to Darlington is also welcome but only time will tell if this will be enough to change the Westminster-knows-all mindset. "Levelling up is a great slogan in an election but the time is fast approaching when it has to actually mean something. The Journal has been championing the interests of this region since 1832 and the Gazette since 1869 - we see it very much our job to champion companies like yours but also to challenge politicians in London to get the best possible outcome for our region. "Rest assured we will be doing that as much as ever - not least through our new Northern Agenda project, which brings together Reach’s northern titles into a daily platform outlining the key issues impacting on northern towns, cities and rural areas and holding to account those making decisions that affect them." 'This region is alive and kicking' "As someone who read every single entry - and there were lots of them - I can testify that the companies here today prove that this region is alive and kicking, despite everything we’ve had to deal with in the last 18 months. "It’s worth saying too that this hasn’t just been a period of survival. From Fujifilm Diosynth at Billingham to Glaxosmithkline at Barnard Castle, North East businesses are proving central to the UK vaccine deployment. And with recent developments at Britishvolt, Nissan and its battery partners Envision, the Dogger Bank wind farm base at the Port of Tyne, and GE on Teesside, the region is also at the forefront of the green agenda. "It was great to see the BBC yesterday announcing its largest investment in the North East in decades, which could be a major boost to the region’s cultural sector." 19:12 Katie Collings Business and agenda editor for Reach in the North East Graeme Whitfield kicks things off with a speech Graeme starts us off: "Hello and welcome to the North East Business Awards 2021. "It is two-and-a-half years since we were last in this marquee to celebrate the best of the region’s business community, and you won’t need me to tell you that a lot has happened since then. It was customary for people like me to stand on this stage and talk about how the business community had shown resilience and ingenuity over the previous 12 months, and I rather wish we hadn’t. Because what this region did previously is nothing compared to the resilience, the grit and the determination we’ve all had to show over the last year and a half to even be here today. "The pandemic has hit us all in some way. People have lost their jobs and some businesses have been unable to survive, including one of our finalists tonight. "Those that have made it through have often been set back, wounded and challenged in an economy that has been changed in countless ways. Given everything that happened, we did pause to consider whether we should go ahead with these awards at all. But the number of entries we received and the quality of them has shown that we were right to do so." 18:57 Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by Virgin Money Innovation & Technology Award, sponsored by Sage Company of the Year: Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside, sponsored by Business Durham Apprenticeships, Training & Skills Award, sponsored by Northern Skills Group High Growth & Ambition Award, sponsored by FW Capital Company of the Year: Northumberland & Tyneside, sponsored by Newcastle City Council Small Business Award, sponsored by Opportuni Services Award, sponsored by Peacocks Medical Group Company of the Year: Teesside, sponsored by Tees Valley Business Heart of the Community Award, sponsored by University of Sunderland Manufacturing Award, sponsored by Nifco COVID-19 Response Award, sponsored by North of Tyne Combined Authority North East Company of the Year, sponsored by Newcastle University 18:04

University of Sunderland Partners & Customers

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University of Sunderland has 1 strategic partners and customers. University of Sunderland recently partnered with Arquer Diagnostics on October 10, 2016.

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10/17/2016

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Arquer Diagnostics

United Kingdom

Arquer Diagnostics and the University of Sunderland collaborate to extend application of cancer diagnostic

Arquer Diagnostics Ltd and the University of Sunderland collaborate to extend application of cancer diagnostic

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10/17/2016

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Arquer Diagnostics

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United Kingdom

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Arquer Diagnostics and the University of Sunderland collaborate to extend application of cancer diagnostic

Arquer Diagnostics Ltd and the University of Sunderland collaborate to extend application of cancer diagnostic

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