The Best of South Tyneside Awards – we want your nominations
The South Shields Gazette has teamed up with South Tyneside College and South Shields Marine School to bring its annual Best of South Tyneside Awards which launches today.
The awards presentation evening will be held at South Shields Football Club on Thursday, May 18, to celebrate all our finest businesses and all our local heroes in the borough.
To nominate simply visit www.bestofsouthtyneside.co.uk – with a closing date of midnight on Thursday, March 30. For more information contact the awards team on 07555 140840.
Here is the criteria for each award category.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business of the Year Award
Recognising the significant number of leisure and retail businesses which service the local communities, as well as drive tourism, this award highlights excellence within this sector. It is open to any restaurant, hotel, café, pub, leisure facility, shop, visitor attraction or similar business. We are looking for an organisation in this sector that excels in their field.
Child of Achievement
Tell us about a young child (up to 18 years ) who has shown exceptional achievement in any field including academics, arts, culture and sports. A child who has given a real hope for the future.
Business of the Year Award – Sponsored by Harlow Printing Ltd
We would like to know what makes your business successful, what makes it stand out from the crowd and what it offers that its competitors do not. The judges will make their decision based on dedication, commitment, proven success and imagination. Financial results will be considered (when given) but will be a secondary factor to those mentioned.
Business in the Community
This award recognises businesses which encourage growth, whilst achieving excellence, and can show that they have initiatives which have a positive impact on the local community. These businesses address the long-term social, economic and environmental needs of communities that are important to them. They can demonstrate collaborative work with other organisations across the public, private and social sectors to create resilient, thriving communities.
As part of the race to 'Net Zero', we want to recognise the businesses playing their part by reducing their environmental impact. Are you an organisation that has dramatically reduced your carbon footprint? Or maybe you have launched a new product range which helps customers to reduce their environmental impact. Whatever the business, we want to hear the success stories for those that are making a positive impact on the environment.
Community Champion/Group of the Year Award Sponsored by South Tyneside Council
This award celebrates an individual/or group who has made a significant contribution to the community. In up to 650 words, please explain why this person/or group stands out above others, the positive impact they have on the people, the place and the businesses that operate there. This award recognises, encourages and rewards that person/or group who is truly making a difference within their community.
Sportsperson/Team of the Year Award – Sponsored by Darling’s Pharmacy
In this award we are recognising the unsung sporting heroes whose teamwork and determination have kept things going. Whether this is an individual or team, in up to 650 words, please describe the sport they are connected to, the impact they have had on others in the team or their sporting peers, how they motivate and support others and ways in which they have improved the overall engagement in their chosen sport.
Unsung Hero Award – Sponsored by Green Fingers Garden Centre
The South Tyneside Unsung Hero award will be presented to an individual who deserves recognition for their work in the South Tyneside community. He or she could be a charity or community worker, a teacher, a group leader or anyone who sums up the term ‘unsung hero’.
Child of Courage Award – Sponsored by Barbour
This award will go to a child (age 16 and under) who has shown courage in the face of adversity, such as dealing with an illness or battling through a traumatic experience. In up to 650 words, please describe how they have demonstrated an exceptional act of bravery and shown great character or fortitude. A testimonial can be included to support this entry.
Young Performer of the Year Award – Sponsored by South Shields Marine School
We are looking for an individual or group who has shown exceptional talent and showmanship.
Fundraiser of the Year Award – Sponsored by JML Group
Charities and CICs will always need support to help raise vital funds for their cause. This award is to recognise those fundraisers who are employed by a charity or CIC. In up to 650 words, the judges would like to understand how this person remains motivated and inspired, even during difficult times, new ideas they have developed and implemented and the results these have had for the charity in raising awareness and/or funds. The winner will clearly be dedicated to the cause, and passionate about the work they do to help others.
Lifetime Achievement Award
This award celebrates a person who has been active in the area, either in business or the community, for 25 years or more. In up to 650 words, please describe how they have shown outstanding leadership, implemented change or new innovations, inspired and developed others, their achievements in business and how they demonstrate a strong connection to the local economy and communities.
The South Tyneside Ambassador Award – Sponsored by South Tyneside College
The recipient will be selected by a panel of editors and is designed to honour an individual, business, institution or charity, that has flown the flag for Tyne and Wear on a wide stage.
Our headline sponsors – South Tyneside College and South Shields Marine College
South Tyneside College provides courses that lead to careers. With a broad range of programmes for young people and adults, it combines high quality teaching, an employer responsive curriculum and a wraparound package of support to ensure students leave the college equipped with the skills to succeed in their chosen path.
South Shields Marine School is one of the world’s foremost maritime training centres, with an enviable global reputation for excellence. Its award-winning state of the art facilities and outstanding halls of residence attracts students from over 100 countries each year.
Mandy Morris, Principal of South Tyneside College, said: ‘We are delighted to be the headline sponsor of the awards this year which celebrate the amazing achievements of people in the borough. The awards dinner is always a fantastic and inspiring evening, and we look forward to being part of it.”