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Small businesses in the Tees Valley urged to enter FSB Awards

Friday, 8th February 2019

The search is on for the Tees Valleys most outstanding small businesses and self-employed.

The FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2019 are looking for the best small businesses and the self-employed across the North East. The winners will be announced at an award ceremony on 23 March 12pm at The Sage Gateshead.

The awards, run by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), will recognise and celebrate the best of the Tees Valley's small businesses and the vast contribution they make to both regional and national economies and to local communities.

Eleven award category winners, from digital innovation to family business and from international business to employer of the year, will be then go forward to the UK final of the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards, held in London in May 2019. Here, as well as UK category winners, the FSB Small Business of the Year 2019 will be announced.

Simon Hanson, FSB North East Development Manager:

"For a chance to be recognised as one of the best small businesses in the Tees Valley, as well as in the whole UK, I'd encourage all small businesses to enter the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. Small businesses and the self-employed are a vital part of the wider North East contributing 27bn to the economy and employing 355,000 staff making our region a more exciting place in which to live, work, study and visit."

The 11 FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards area categories are:

  • International Business of the Year
  • Ethical and Green Business of the Year
  • Business and Product Innovation Award
  • Digital Innovation of the Year
  • Micro Business of the Year
  • Start-Up Business of the Year
  • Scale-Up Business of the Year
  • Family Business of the Year
  • Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under)
  • Employer of the Year
  • Community Award (area level only)

For further information and to enter the awards visit