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Last night, Thursday 28 November, Blyth-based Tharsus and Beamish the Living Museum of the North in County Durham, won top honours at the British Chambers of Commerce Awards held at Tobacco Dock in London.

They beat off stiff competition from leading businesses and organisations from around the country to win the accolades, awarded for their outstanding achievements.

Both winners are members of North East England Chamber of Commerce, who supported their applications for the awards.

Lesley Moody, Chamber president, who was at the evening when the winners were revealed said: “Both Tharsus and Beamish are fantastic examples of our North East business community. They have outstanding teams who deliver ambitious growth plans, create jobs and are highly innovative in their approach. We are delighted their hard work has been recognised and congratulate them on this great success.”

John Hannah, robotics lead at Tharsus, which specialises in creating and developing unique engineering solutions, accepted the award on behalf of the business. He said: “It is tremendous honour to win Employer of the Year Award. This achievement is another important milestone on a much longer journey for our company to become a really significant regional and national employer.

“It is testament to all our team’s work in building such a strong, innovative culture that promotes personal development. The award also illustrates how we always do the right thing for our customers, our products which we develop and manufacture and our people.”

Sally Dixon, assistant director, Beamish, was delighted to win the Customer Commitment Award, she said: “We are on track to have a record year at the museum and hit 800k visitors, which is tremendous. For us, our success is all due to our amazing staff, volunteers and visitors who come not just from our region, but nationally and from around the globe. We are delighted to win this award which recognises a world-class experience day out and is a unique celebration of North East working class heritage through time.”

Runner up in the Export Business of the Year was Nano Purification from Gateshead.