‘A city truly open for busi­ness’


Sunderland Echo - - News - By Chris Cord­ner chris.cord­ner@jpress.co.uk Twit­ter: @CCord­nerjp

A Port­fo­lio Awards spon­sor has hailed the com­pe­ti­tion as “vi­tally im­por­tant” for Sun­der­land.

Louise Brad­ford, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Creo Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, spoke out on the im­pact that the awards has on busi­nesses in the city.

Creo is one of the fan­tas­tic back­ers of this year’s search for the best in busi­ness.

Louise added: “It’s al­ways a plea­sure to be associated with The Sun­der­land Echo’s Port­fo­lio Awards.

“Sun­der­land is home to some of the most in­no­va­tive com­pa­nies that are do­ing fan­tas­tic, and of­ten trail-blaz­ing, work.

“The recog­ni­tion these awards pro­vide to teams that, for the other 364 days of the year qui­etly go about their busi­ness, is not only good for the com­pa­nies them­selves, but is vi­tally im­por­tant for the city. “Through these awards, the Echo cham­pi­ons our tal­ent and is send­ing a clear mes­sage to peo­ple from here and be­yond – Sun­der­land is a city that is well and truly open for busi­ness.” Creo is a suc­cess story in it­self and Louise added: “As a com­pany that was founded in Sun­der­land; that is proud to call the city its home; and that works hard to help show­case the achieve­ments of its clients, Creo is im­mensely proud to sup­port these awards.” Creo was founded in 2014 by Louise and has seen suc­ces­sive years of growth, win­ning a host of new clients and ex­pand­ing its team. Creo op­er­ates across a range of sec­tors, with both busi­nessto-busi­ness and busi­nessto-conUK, sumer clients. The com­pany boasts a client port­fo­lio that in­cludes lead­ing lights in the au­to­mo­tive and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries, as well as pub­lic and third-sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions, and in­no­va­tive tech and dig­i­tal start-ups.

With clients in­clud­ing Ko­matsu, Unipres, In­vest North East Eng­land, the De­part­ment for In­ter­na­tional Trade, NHS Eng­land and Age Creo com­bines its re­gional-roots with a na­tional out­look to of­fer the best level of sup­port pos­si­ble to its clients.

The com­pany cre­ates com­mu­ni­ca­tions cam­paigns, cov­er­ing pub­lic re­la­tions, so­cial me­dia and con­tent cre­ation and has ex­panded its ser­vice of­fer­ing into web­site de­sign, video de­vel­op­ment and cre­ative to go the ‘ex­tra mile’ for its clients. Now a seven-strong team, Creo of­fers fresh think­ing and bright ideas from its base in the city’s Soft­ware Cen­tre.

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 well known 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 Sun­der­land, 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 lynn.wild@jpress. co.uk.

Louise Brad­ford of Creo Com­mu­ni­ca­tions which is spon­sor­ing the Port­fo­lio Awards.

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