Star Radio's Business Awards are proudly sponsored by Durham County Council
supporting businesses across County Durham
Winning a prestigious Star Business Award will help your businesses to stand out from the crowd, send a positive message to existing customers and attract new business.
All winners of the Star Business Awards will also share in £20,000 of advertising prize money.
We want to help local businesses to raise their profile and enhance their reputation by promoting the great work they are doing.
We recently announced our winners. See below for a list of who won, and check out our photo gallery of the award ceremony.
This award is open to businesses that can demonstrate how they have successfully introduced a new idea, technique or practice that has improved their business. Entrants will need to demonstrate how the idea was implemented and how it has impacted the business.
WINNER: The London Women’s Clinic
Award sponsored by Bishop Auckland College
This award is open to businesses that have made an active contribution to support their local community, schools or colleges. Entrants for this award will be measured on their social impact and not purely on financial support.
WINNER: Aycliffe Fabrications
Award sponsored by Catterick Leisure Centre
Growth Business Award
Entrants for the growth business category will need to demonstrate how their business has grown within their industry. Entrants will need to illustrate how the business has achieved the growth and remained competitive. Year on year financial documentation must be provided to support your application.
WINNER: Medical Service North East
Award sponsored by Darlington College
New Business / Product Award
New business entrants will need to have been established since 1st July 2009. Existing businesses will need to have introduced a new product/service within the last two years. Judges for this award will be looking for how your new business/product has performed in the last 24 months and what future plans you have to develop it.
WINNER: Planet Leisure
Award sponsored by Teesside University
Entrants will need to demonstrate how their marketing campaign has effectively improved business performance and results. This can relate to both traditional and non-traditional promotional methods. With the current trading conditions, judges are looking for businesses that have managed to market their business on a budget.
WINNER: Sanderson Lettings
Award sponsored by JAK Print and Design
Training & Staff Development Award
Entrants for this category must be able to demonstrate how their business has improved through the training and development of staff. Judges for this category will be looking for what methods of training were offered and how the objectives were met.
WINNER: Durham & Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
Award sponsored by Renewable Energy Academy
Green Business Award
Entries for this category will be judged on their overall approach towards off-setting their carbon footprint. Sustainability concerns have never been more important for business and we want to hear about what you are already doing, or have planned for the future. Ideas could be as simple as promoting share a car to work scheme or the installing of a solar power system.
WINNER: Paddock Farm
Award sponsored by Cleaner Air Solutions UK Limited
Best use of Technology Award
This award recognises how you have developed your business through the introduction of technological advances. This could be as simple as introducing an E-pos data system in your store, to SMS text marketing. If by embracing technology, it has made a positive impact on your business, we want to hear about it. Details of what has been introduced and the benefits will need to be supplied.
WINNER: Farm Fresh Direct
Customer Service Award
This award will go to a business or individual who is able to demonstrate a high level of customer service within their role or business. Not only are we looking for the systems that you have in place to deliver 100% customer satisfaction, but we would like to see how you go that extra mile. Testimonials to support your entry are welcome.
WINNER: ILS Solicitors
Award sponsored by Aycliffe Fabrications
Outstanding Young Person Award
Young people play a valuable part in business. This category encourages nominations from any business, charity or organisation who feel they have a young person aged between 16-25 years who has made an exceptional contribution to the workplace. Judges will be looking for nominees who have excelled in their field and who have made a positive impact on the business.
WINNER: Lois Prest
Award sponsored by St Aidan's Church Of England Academy
Business Person of the Year Award
Entrants must be able to demonstrate that their role has been instrumental in the growth/success of the company and that they are a valued part of the team. They will need to highlight the particular skills sets that they possess which enable them to stand out from the crowd.
WINNER: Angela Sterling
Award sponsored by Procters Coaches
This award aims to recognise how retail businesses, both traditional and onlin, have developed their business practice in all elements of retailer trading. We will be looking for use of best practice, as well as innovative ways in which systems have enables the retailer to excel. Judges will be particularly looking for examples of best practice through good cutomer car, productivity, promotional offers and advertising opportunities.
WINNER: Sweet Greetings
Award sponsored by Dyno Rod Plumbing and Drains
Business of the Year Award
Judges of this category will be looking for evidence of how your business has been innovative within its field and how your business has grown in the last 12 months. Entrants for this category must include financial documentation to support their application.
WINNER: Revolution Power
Award sponsored by Great North Air Ambulance
The apprentice award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and contributions apprentices have made to your business. Nominations for this award are welcomed from all business industries and non-profit organisations, including beauty, care and trade. Judges will be looking for apprentices who are performing to a high standard and who have shown exceptional development.
WINNER: Katherine Robins
Award sponsored by ILS Solicitors