North East


The North East FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards in 2019 were a great success, both for FSB and for small businesses across our Area - and we want the 2020 Awards to be even better!  Three of our North East winners went on to win at the National Finals, which raised awareness of them at a UK level and generated publicity which money really cannot buy!

Whatever business or sector you operate in there are categories you are sure to find of interest.  If shortlisted by our judges, you will be invited to attend our Area finals event on the afternoon of Monday 16 March at the tremendous Newcastle Eagles Community Arena where the ‘best in class’ across all categories for the North East in 2020 will be crowned.  Win there and you will be through to the UK finals for a shot at the UK title in your chosen category or categories.

We know that there are some shining stars out there in the North East business community, but there are also others not yet on the radar who deserve the limelight.  These awards are open to anyone in business in the North East, from serial winners and household names in our area to new starts looking for the recognition which can help to drive them on to bigger and better things.

We look forward to reading your nomination and getting your business the recognition it deserves.

TICKET SALES OPENS 5 FEBRUARY 2020 (closing date for tickets 28 February 2020)
TICKET COST FOR ATTENDING AREA FINAL £45 per person (includes 2 course lunch) 


Date: Monday 16 March 2020

Venue address:
Newcastle Eagles Arena, Eagles Community Arena, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 7AF

Registration from 12.00 noon.
Lunch and awards ceremony from
12.30 to 4.00pm and networking
up to 5.00pm

Dress code:
Business Attire



EVENT HOST: Charlotte Windebank

Charlotte is a trustee of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and co-founder of FIRST (, a skills provider and network of services committed to connecting young people, professionals and startups to their wider business community. She is the contract manager for FIRST’s education and business engagement activities and works with universities, colleges and schools to deliver business skill programmes to equip learners with the confidence they need to kickstart a career or business. She directs the If We Can You Can Challenge: a startup business competition that works in partnership with national and local, private and public sector organisations to engage and give much needed publicity to early stage businesses across the North East: Charlotte also sits on the North East Women’s Leadership Advisory Board for Newcastle University Business School where she influences, shares best practise and disrupts the status quo for women to advance as leaders.



Our 2019 winners were:

Employer of the Year winner:
Bright & Beautiful

Community Award - Area only winner:
Green Shift Educational Services Limited 


Micro Business of the Year winner:
Sagetech Machinery LTD

Family Business of the Year winner: 
DRAKE - The Bookshop


Scale-Up Business of the Year winner:
Flame Heating Group

Ethical - Green Business of the Year winner:
Green Energy Consulting


Start-Up Business of the Year winner:
Leda Transport Solutions Ltd

Young Entrepreneur of the Year (aged 30 and under) winner:
Bumble and Bloom Media


International Business of the Year winner: 
Crafter's Companion

Digital Innovation Award winner: 
Ocucon Ltd


Business & Product Innovation Award winner: 
AVID Technology Group Ltd