Sunderland Echo - - Front page - By Chris Cord­ner chris.cord­ Twit­ter: @CCord­nerjp

A proud sup­porter of the Sun­der­land Echo’s Port­fo­lio Awards is back on board for an­other year.

Sta­tion Taxis, which is it­self a for­mer win­ner in the com­pe­ti­tion, is right be­hind this year’s search for the best in busi­ness across Wear­side and County Durham.

And Trevor Hines, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of Sta­tion Taxis (Sun­der­land) Ltd, thinks there’s a real feel­good feel­ing in the area at the mo­ment.

“We are proud to con­tinue to sup­port the Sun­der­land Echo Port­fo­lio Busi­ness awards, which recog­nises the achieve­ments of busi­nesses and en­trepreneurs in the area,” said Mr Hines.

“This is an ex­cit­ing time to con­tinue to cel­e­brate suc­cess in Sun­der­land and sup­port the Leisure Award Cat­e­gory. With re­cent events such as the Tall Ships and Sun­der­land’s 30th In­ter­na­tional Air­show, we have a real mo­men­tum in the city, so there is no bet­ter time to recog­nise the great leisure of­fer we have in Sun­der­land.”

The com­pany’s own re­search has proved that more peo­ple are spend­ing their leisure time in the city and that can only be good for Sun­der­land.

He said: “Our re­cent taxi jour­ney data shows that Wear­siders are en­joy­ing more of their free time in the city and mak­ing the most of what Sun­der­land has to of­fer. This year has al­ready seen some out­stand­ing events take place and the opening of sev­eral new bars and restau­rants, all of which is rais­ing the pro­file of the city.

“As pre­vi­ous win­ners of the ‘Age Friendly Busi­ness of the Year’ cat­e­gory, we urge in­di­vid­u­als and busi­nesses to put for­ward a nom­i­na­tion for the awards. We look for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing with nom­i­nees and win­ners at the awards night.”

Once again, we want to hear from the peo­ple who make the area tick on the busi­ness front, but we can only do that if we re­ceive your nom­i­na­tions.

In­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses them­selves – in fact any­one can put for­ward a nom­i­na­tion for this year’s awards for a com­pany that they feel is de­serv­ing of recog­ni­tion.

There are plenty of well­known cat­e­gories from pre­vi­ous years such as small, medium and large busi­ness of the year, as well as ex­porter of the year.

Or you might want to en­ter sec­tions such as ap­pren­tice of the year, tech­nol­ogy of the year or best green busi­ness.

What­ever your choice, make sure you get those en­tries in so that we can hon­our the very best that Wear­side has to of­fer.

Yet again, we have fan­tas­tic back­ers on board to help make the awards a suc­cess.

Make it Sun­der­land is again our head­line spon­sor, and will spon­sor our over­all Busi­ness of the Year Award, as well as a Life­time Achieve­ment award, which is in the spon­sor’s gift.

Make It Sun­der­land is also back­ing the Small Busi­ness Cat­e­gory of the com­pe­ti­tion.

An­other spon­sor, BIC, is ac­knowl­edg­ing the con­tri­bu­tion so­cial en­ter­prises make to the city in the So­cial En­ter­prise Award.

Other spon­sors are Northum­brian Wa­ter, Gen­too, Stage­coach in Sun­der- land, The Bid, ResQ, Maxim Brew­ery, Sun­der­land Col­lege, Creo, Sta­tion Taxis, Bradley Hall, and PG Le­gal Com­mer­cial So­lic­i­tors.

Get nom­i­nat­ing and let’s make this a year of cel­e­bra­tion of the best in Wear­side busi­ness.

To nom­i­nate, post your nom­i­na­tions to Lynn Wild, Sun­der­land Echo, Alexan­der House, Rain­ton Bridge Busi­ness Park, Houghton­leSpring, Sun­der­land. DH4 5RA.

Al­ter­na­tively, you can email

Trevor Hines, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of Sta­tion Taxis which is back­ing the Port­fo­lio Awards.

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