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Published 21st Feb 2012

Double Eleven

Video game developer, Double Eleven, was the overall winner at last night’s (Monday 20) Best New Business Awards and so concluding the search for the region’s Best New Business 2011.

Middlesbrough Based Double Eleven beat off strong competition from fellow business start-ups to scoop the Best New Business Award, having already won in the Creative Industries Award category earlier in the evening.

Winning the awards meant Double Eleven scooped £1,500 in prize money, a welcome boost to new businesses at a critical time in their development.

Set up by local independent financial advisor Colin Brown, the awards recognise the many successful new businesses that set up and thrive in the Tees Valley.

Other winners on the night included BCT Aspire, who won the Community Award; Innov8 Disposal Ltd, who took the Environmental Award; Turbo Connect, winners of the Manufacturing Award; Anson Corporate Media, who won the Marketing Award; Middlesbrough's Effigy Salon, winners of the Retail Award; School House Recruitment Ltd, who took the Service Award and Home Fuels Direct Ltd who won the Young Entrepreneur Award.

The awards, now in their twelfth year are jointly promoted by Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) and Colin Brown I.F.A as well as Teesside University and PD Ports, they celebrate the spirit of enterprise that exists in the Tees Valley.

Colin said: “I’d like to pass on my congratulations to all the winners, all the runners up, sponsors and everyone who took their time to make this event special.

“It’s not easy setting up a successful business in these challenging times so what all the entrants have achieved is to be loudly applauded.”

Double Eleven, based at Middlesbrough’s Digital City, was founded by software engineers, Lee Hutchinson and Matt Shepcar in 2010 and has since experienced rapid growth.

Lee, CEO of Double Eleven said: “It was a brilliant night and great to share with the rest of the team, I’m immensely proud of them all.

“The external recognition that comes with receiving this award is fantastic and demonstrates that the risks we took were worthwhile.

“In 18 months Double Eleven has grown from its origins in a small loft room to a well-managed business employing 40 of the right people, it has certainly not been easy but this award and our success demonstrate it can be done.”

Colin said: “The awards are a showcase of just how well the region’s small businesses are doing; we’ve a lot to be proud of here.

“The awards have a history of recognising local companies that then go on to become successful regional, national and even global companies.

“I’m confident the same success will be repeated by this year’s winners.”

Love Middlesbrough also congratulates the following finalists from Middlesbrough: Best, Ltd (Service), Call Agents Uk Ltd (Service), CAT-UK (Re-Freshco Ltd T/A) (Environment), The Olde Young Tea House (Young Entrepreneur), The Personal Support Network (Community), Pyemetric Refractories Ltd (Manufacturing), Divario Ltd (Marketing) and our winners Double Eleven and Effigy Salon.

This year’s category sponsors were:

  • Retail – Stockton Borough Council
  • Service – Middlesbrough Council
  • Manufacturing – North East Chamber of Commerce
  • Creative Industries – Institute of Digital Innovation
  • Community – Five Lamps Organisation
  • Marketing – Chartered Institute of Marketing (Ken Atkins)
  • Young entrepreneur – UK Steel Enterprise
  • Environmental – Industry Nature Conservation Association
  • Overall winner – Colin Brown of Lighthouse FA and Tees Valley Unlimited

Useful links

Best New Business Awards - Winners list

Double Eleven

Effigy Salon

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