CEREMONY HOSTS: John Atkinson and Emma Hignett
CEREMONY HOSTS: John Atkinson and Emma Hignett

AFTER receiving more than 150 nominations, the organisers of Teesdale Business Awards 2021, have revealed the shortlist.
The Teesdale Business Awards, run by Enterprise House, give recognition to Teesdale businesses, individuals and social enterprises.
The shortlist is:
l Apprentice of the Year sponsored by Barnard Castle School: Ashleigh Jackson, Erin Trenholm, Morgan Kasiera (all GSK).
l Entrepreneur of the Year sponsored by Ellipse Fabrications: Chris Howell of Howell Film, Mark Francis of Francis Bookkeeping Solutions Ltd, Tamara Wilson of Born 2 Run Pet Care.
l Social Responsibility sponsored by Tilly, Bailey & Irvine Law Firm: Marie Curie Barnard Castle, Teesdale Renewables, The Old Well Inn.
l Best Community Engagement Project sponsored by Raby Estates: Barnard Castle Christmas Lights, Influence Church Barnard Castle, The TCR Hub.
l Most Innovative Business sponsored by GSK: Ben Johnson, Natural Beeswax Products, The Crown at Home.
l Legends of Lockdown sponsored by Chocolate Fayre: Babuls, Reboot Repairs & Design, TCR Hub.
l Best Business Trading outside Teesdale sponsored by Durham County Council: Chocolate Fayre, Howell Film, Natural Beeswax Products.
l Growth Business of the Year sponsored by Business Durham: Francis Bookkeeping Solutions Ltd, Serene Spa, Teesdale Cheesemakers Limited.
l Best Customer Focus sponsored by The Greenfields: Reboot Repair and Design, Sandringham Financial Partners, Teesdale Felt.
l Best Social Enterprise sponsored by Teesdale Consulting Ltd: Bright Woods Forest School CIC, Rotary Satellite E-Club of Barnard Castle (Teesdale), YMCA Community Cafe, Cockfield.
l Best New Business sponsored by Meikles Solicitors LLP: Blossom Homecare Teesdale, Mitchell Digital, The Hand Crafter’s Hub.
l Best Business sponsored by Jane Ascroft Accountancy Ltd: Babuls, Blossom Home Care Teesdale, High Force Hotel.
Peter Dixon, event organiser, said: “It’s always been a pleasure releasing the shortlist for the Teesdale Business Awards as it recognises the wide and varied aspect of things going on behind the scenes in Teesdale.
“This year’s nominations have very understandably been influenced by our responses to the Covid-19 pandemic for which we have set up a one-off award for Legends of Lockdown, and that has been demonstrated in several of the nominations.
“It’s very pleasing to see so many newcomers to awards which bodes well for an exciting ceremony and announcement of the winners in February.”
The winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 9, at The Witham in Barnard Castle. Business advisor John Atkinson and Teesdale businesswoman and voiceover artist Emma Hignett will host the evening. The keynote speaker will be Simon Bourne, founder of The Hand Dyed Shoe Co.
Tickets cost £12 each and are available from The Witham or at www.teesdalebusinessawards.co.uk.