Award Ts & Cs


Startup Awards North East (“The Awards”) are open to anyone over 16 years who are based within the North East who is ambitious and wants to be connected to the regions business community and celebrate successes. There are 3 categories depending on your status and goals:-

SkillUP- If you are curious about starting up a business but have not registered with Companies House as a sole trader or business.

StartUP- If you are a registered sole trader of business with Companies House and have been incorporated for less than 4 years at the date of the applicant submission and have a turnover of less than £50,000.

ScaleUP - If you are a registered sole trader of business with Companies House and have been incorporated for less than 4 years at the date of the applicant submission and have a turnover of more than £50,000.

For the purposes of The Awards ‘incorporation’ is defined as the date in which the business was registered at Companies House.

The North East of England is defined by these counties and unitary districts: County Durham, Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Northumberland, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Tyne and Wear.

Persons who are not currently resident in the North East of England may enter the Awards if the primary business activity is registered, established and based within this region. The organiser of the competition, FIRST Face to Face ltd – trading as FIRST (“Organiser”), reserves the right to withhold prizes until this condition is met.

Startup Awards North East, registered on is administered by the organiser, FIRST: Employees of FIRST, or anyone else connected with the competition, may not enter the competition.

Startup businesses must be less than three years old. Entries will only be accepted via Startup Awards North East ( website unless otherwise specified. We will only accept one entry per person. Multiple entries from the same user will only be entered once. All entries must be received in the requested format and within the specified time. Late or incomplete entries will not be allowed. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt.

We will only use the data you submit in relation to the competition (including announcing the winner) and will not use it for any other purpose unless prior consent has been given. We will share your data with campaign partners only if your consent when submitting your competition entry online. By submitting an entry, you agree that we may use the data you submit in accordance with our privacy policy.

The Startup business award winners will be announced at the finals SkillUP 15th June, StartUP 16th June and ScaleUP 17th June 2021.

Shortlisted finalists must be available to attend events (either online or face to face). Notice will be given for the exact time of the event, but failure to attend will mean their place will be given to another, available finalist. Where a prize is offered it is subject to availability, non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

By entering the Awards, the winners and finalists agree to the possible inclusion of their business idea in any media coverage by the Organiser and the Sponsors, such as press releases or publications. Approval of content will be sought before publication. The Organiser reserves the right to publicise the Awards through normal media channels, in all forms, for the duration of the Awards and for a period of 3 years after. No confidential details shall be used in publicity material without the permission of entrants or shared with third parties mentioned therein.

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