Event | We were nominated for Business of the Year!

On Friday, myself and our Office Manager, Georgia attended the 2016 Living North Awards. We were first introduced to the awards a few months back when we received a surprise letter in the post to inform us we had been nominated for Business of The Year!

The award was sponsored by Sage and the nominees included service industries of all sizes, manufacturers and a range of small businesses.

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When we arrived at St Nicholas Cathedral, we were greeted with a glass of bubbly and twinkly lights scattered around the historic beauty that is the cathedral.

My favourite piece of decoration was the huge light-up letters which appropriately spelt out “awards”- which proved to be very difficult to fit into a selfie.

The complimentary drinks did not stop at the door, the cathedral was transformed into a foodie’s paradise with stalls offering free goodies from the likes of local restaurant chain The Fat Hippo to a gin bar.

Food and drink weren’t the only things that catered for everyone’s needs. Flip flops were also on offer for the ladies (myself included) who underestimated the result of cobbled floors mixed with very high heels.

After indulging in wine and sweet potato fries, we took our seats. Of course, as we were in a Cathedral we were actually sat in a pew rather than a traditional dining chair placed around a table. This experience also added to the enchanting, almost fairy-tale like atmosphere.

Presented by local Jason Mark Cook, the awards kicked off.

The trophy for Business of the Year went to Sir John Fitzgerald who has a number of pubs and cafes scattered across the North East each serving locally sourced food. A huge congrats to them!

To even be considered for Business of the Year is a massive achievement for all nominees- so well done to all who were shortlisted!

The awards set out to honour those who are making a difference in the North East, from the local pubs we visit, to main attractions and every contribution in between. We feel honoured to have been shortlisted in the celebration of the North East.

Well done to all those who were nominated and huge congratulations to those who received their well-deserved trophies. We’d also like to say a huge thank you to Living North for a great night which fell nothing short of stunning.

In case you missed it, here’s a full breakdown of the 2016 winners:

Foodie of the Year

Di Meo’s Ice Cream, Whitley Bay

Restaurant of the Year

The Raby Hunt

Informal Dining of the Year

Papa Ganoush

Pub of the Year

The Staith House, North Shields

Bar of the Year

Pleased to Meet You, North Shields

Accommodation of the Year

Coquet Cottages

Hotel of the Year

The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

Attraction of the Year


Performance of the Year


Retailer of the Year

Kintsley Farm Shop

Business of the Year

Sir John Fitzgerald

Entrepreneur of the Year

Alice Hall, Pink Boutique

Designer Maker of the Year

Trapeze Creative

Health & Beauty Award

Beau Monde Salon Spa

Changing Lives Award

Daft As A Brush Cancer Patient Care

Promise & Potential Award

Brandon Bailey

Best Regeneration or Restoration

South Tyneside Council

Best programme at a Venue

Laing Art Gallery

Creative Contribution Award

The Biscuit Factory

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