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North East Equality Awards finalists announced

Businesses and individuals are set to shine at a North East awards event that celebrates the positive work being done across the region to promote equality and diversity in the workplace.

The finalists for the 2016 North East Equality Awards have been announced by the event’s organisers, Equality North East. The shortlisted organisations in all nine categories were chosen from a wide range of public, private and third sector organisations for their efforts in promoting equality and diversity in the workplace.

In their thirteenth year, the awards event has become a significant fixture on the North East business calendar, highlighting and celebrating the good equality practice being carried out regionally.

The winners will be revealed at a glittering ceremony on Thursday 20th October at Ramside Hall Hotel.

Andrea Johnson, who leads Equality North East, the regional equality organisation behind the awards, said: “Once again we had a record breaking number of applications and the standard is getting higher every year.

“It’s very heartening to receive nine nominations from smaller organisations who are all embedding good equality practices resulting in highly inclusive workplaces and services.  Despite the challenging times and uncertainty that Brexit has caused we are still seeing the benefits of good equality practice and business that are going to impressive lengths to embed fairness into their organisations. This can only be good for individuals, employers and the region as a whole.”

This year’s event is sponsored by Gateshead College with awards sponsored by Your Homes Newcastle, Penshaw View Training, Isos Group, Cestria Community Housing Association, Northern TUC, Bernicia, Rubenstein Publishing, Newcastle College and Unison – Bridges to Learning.

Andrea added: “I would like to congratulate all of the finalists who have done particularly well. Competition has never been harder and my commiserations to those who did not get through this year, I do hope you will try again next year.”


Organisations of up to 50 Staff

FACT (Fighting All Cancers Together)

Hope North East

Venture Compliance Ltd

AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd

Paul J Watson Solicitor

Organisations of Between 51 and 250 staff  

Pioneering Care Partnership

Tyneside Cinema – Dementia Friendly Cinema

Education Organisations up to 50 Staff

Shape Training

CableCom Training Limited

Penshaw View Training

Building Futures East

Education Organisations with Over 50 Staff  

New College Durham

Gateshead Council learningSkills

Middlesbrough College

Larger organisations making a difference in the Community

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

North East Ambulance Service

Your Homes Newcastle

Individuals Who Have Made a Difference                                         

Alison Stephenson – AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd

Alison Watson-Shields – Hand In Hand Care

Andrew Dalton – University of Sunderland

Barry Kelly – Venture Compliance

Chris Drinkell – Middlesbrough College

Lucy Fairley – Crossings

Groups Who Have Made a Difference


PC Gatenby, PCSO Handley, PCSO Say and PCSO Calvert

Learning Support Service – Newcastle College

Greenhope Oasis Allotments (NECA)

Student Voice at Middlesbrough College

TUC Improving Lives Award

CWU Tyne & Wear Clerical branch

A-one+ Integrated Highway Services

Middlesbrough Environment City (MEC)

Organisations Supporting Disabled People into Employment       

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Enterprise Mentoring

AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd

GATES Employment Service

Please see the Equality North East website for further information

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