The Alternative Business Awards
An awards night giving regional business a chance to show their fun side has raised thousands of pounds for charity. The Alternative Business Awards took place at St. James Park recently and raised over £16,000 for The Percy Hedley Foundation to support their work with disabled children and adults in the region. The main award on the night, The Alternative Business Person of the Year, went to Barbara Gubbins, Chief Executive of The County Durham Community Foundation. Other award winners included journalist Brian Nicholls, Beamish Museum Director Richard Evans and broadcasters BBC Newcastle and ITV Tyne Tees. The event, which was hosted by the breakfast radio team Alfie Joey and Anna Foster, follows a different theme each year and this time it was in keeping with the hosts Newcastle Uniteds 125th anniversary. Dubbed The 1892 Alternative Business Awards organisers picked a host of historically-inspired categories including The Joseph Swan Award for the person who keeps coming up with those lightbulb moments and The George Stephenson Award for someone who makes a lot of noise about the region.