A leading Teesside law firm has thrown its weight behind a relaunched awards event for the North-East’s biggest business park.
Aycliffe Business Park’s Make Your Mark awards, in association with headline sponsors Husqvarna, will return this year after a three-year hiatus.
The glamorous awards ceremony – which is being organised by Aycliffe Business Park Community (ABPC) – will be held at the 17th century, listed Redworth Hall Hotel on Friday, May 20.
Stockton-based Jacksons Law Firm has agreed to sponsor the Small Business category for the awards competition, with entries now open.
The firm’s managing partner Tony Wentworth said: “As soon as we were asked to support the Make Your Mark awards, it was a quick and easy decision.
“There’s a lot happening across Aycliffe Business Park and we’ve enjoyed getting involved in recent networking events – there’s clearly a buzzing community.
“We’re passionate about supporting small businesses, so sponsoring the Small Business category in this year’s Make Your Mark awards was a no-brainer for us.”
Jacksons Law firm is one of the North-East’s longest established law firms and has been practising in the Tees Valley for over 140 years.
ABPC business development manager Martin Walker added: “We’re delighted to have such a long-established, reputable law firm support the relaunch of the Make Your Mark awards.
“Their name and reputation certainly add extra credibility to the awards – and they join a growing, high-profile list of sponsors so far.”
With offices in Stockton, Newcastle and Sunderland, Jacksons Law’s geographical spread covers the whole of the North-East region.
The firm is on the Tees Valley Combined Authority panel of advisors, it has played its part in the North-shoring effect of big organisations and government departments moving to the region.
And Jacksons know a thing or two about winning awards themselves.
They’re the only Tees Valley practice to have been a finalist two years running in the Northern Law Awards, winning Team of the Year Property (Commercial) in 2017 and 2019.
And in 2019 the team was awarded Property Law Firm of the Year in the North East Insider Property Awards and it has also won this year’s Property Law Firm of the Year.
Jacksons was also a finalist for Property Deal of the Year for the work it carried out on The Northern School of Art development in Middlesbrough.
Tony added: “It’s rewarding to know that the job that you do is recognised by others outside the firm and we are perceived as a successful organisation that does what it does very well.
“There is satisfaction in knowing that you’re part of something that is the best at what it does.
“That’s why it’s always important businesses enter competitions like this – if not just to go through the experience of looking back on their own achievements, but more importantly giving your organisation a chance of being called a winner.”
News about more Make Your Mark category sponsors will be revealed in the coming weeks.
There are only three categories available for sponsorship, including the Export, Apprentice of the Year and Training Provider awards.
The sponsorship package includes pre-event publicity, event branding, a chance to be involved in the judging process and to present an award, plus a table of 10 for the awards ceremony, including a reception drink, three-course meal and table wine.
Any businesses interested in sponsoring the Make Your Mark awards, or would like more details, can either call Martin Walker on 01325 728024 or email mart[email protected]
• Pictured above: Aycliffe Business Park Community business engagement manager Martin Walker (front right), with Jacksons Law Firm managing partner Tony Wentworth (front left) and (back, left to right) Toby Joel, Peter Robinson, Paul Clark and Erica Turner, all from Jacksons Law. Picture by Chris Booth.