Call for Tees Valley businesses to step forward

With the closing date of October 15 looming, Luke Robertson - founder of Hartlepool business Wall Chimp - has called on fledgling businesses to get their entries in as soon as possible and join him and companies such as Oh Abigail and Custom Murals.

Any businesses formed in the past three years can enter and many past winners have gone on to become successful global companies including Citrox, Qurios Entertainments, Guardian Marine Testing and Double Eleven.

Robertson, 21, said: "Business has been going well and I see the Best New Business Awards as a chance to raise the profile of Wall Chimp. Winning the award would be recognition for all the hard work that has gone into the business and help accelerate growth."

The Best New Business Awards spotlight firms in the Tees Valley that are making a contribution to regional economic regeneration.

Robertson, who he set up Wall Chimp in 2012 to manufacture custom vinyl transfers believes his company has what it takes and has entered.

Last year’s overall winner was Evolution Forwarding. Owner Terry Goldspink said: "Winning the BNBA award has definitely helped raise our profile across the region. If anyone is thinking of entering I’d say go for it."

Organiser Colin Brown, managing director of Lighthouse Advisory Services, launched the awards 15 years ago to inspire and reward new enterprise across the region.

He said: "It’s only right that we recognise and reward the achievements of new businesses and the enormous part they play in bringing about economic growth.

"Each category winner takes home £500 with the overall winner picking up a further £1,000, money that’s highly likely to provide a significant boost when businesses need it most."

Main sponsors for this year’s awards are Lighthouse Advisory Services, Tees Valley Unlimited, Teesside University and Thirteen.

The categories and category sponsors are:

  • Community - Five Lamps Organisation
  • Creative Industries - Darlington Borough Council
  • Environmental - Evolution Business & Tax Advisers and UK Steel Enterprise
  • Manufacturing - North East Chamber of Commerce
  • Marketing - Cool Blue Brand Communications
  • Retail - Stockton Borough Council
  • Service - Middlesbrough Council
  • Young Entrepreneur - Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
  • Overall Winner - Colin Brown of Lighthouse Advisory Services and Tees Valley Unlimited


Winners will be announced at a dinner at the Riverside Stadium on February 23, 2015. Any business set up in the Tees Valley after June 30, 2011 is eligible to enter. Visit for further details and entry forms.

Published: 09 October 2014

Article by Peter Jackson
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