Company of the Year: Port Shortlisted for North East Business Award

Company of the Year

The shortlist for this year’s North East Business Awards has been revealed with the Port of Blyth shortlisted for the coveted Company of the Year title in the Northumberland and Tyneside section.

Following a fantastic year, which saw turnover grow by 15% to a 140-year high of £25.5m, profits increase by two thirds to £2.1m and from a safety point of view not a single lost time incident occurring, the Port goes into the awards with a very strong chance of impressing the judges.

Port of Blyth Chief Executive Martin Lawlor, said: “To be shortlisted for Company of the Year is testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone at the Port and lifting the title would be a huge reward. Despite everything that was going on in the world at the time, 2021 was a highly productive year for the Port as we attracted major new business from the renewables sector, supported a number of world leading projects and achieved record financial results.

“We also made a number of large investments across our sites including at the landmark Bates Clean Energy Terminal, played a key role in attracting JDR Cable Systems to the estuary and maintained a sector leading Health & Safety record.”

In judging the awards, Journal editor Graeme Whitfield said: “It’s been a tough few years for businesses everywhere but the entries to the Business Awards show that some are coming out the other side. They also show the resilience, ingenuity and hard work that we expect from businesses in the North East. It was a pleasure to read the entries and I can’t wait to meet the nominated companies when the awards return.”

A total of 82 companies from across the entire region have been nominated in nine categories with sub-regional awards dinners taking place over the next two months before a Grand Final in September. The Northumberland and Tyneside heat will take place on May 26 at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead. For more information see