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winners at north east england chamber of commerce awards 2022

Double success for Tharsus Group colleagues at the North East England Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards 2022

26 July 2022

Colleagues from across Tharsus Group joined Founder Brian Palmer, Universal Wolf MD Tim Rutter and Group CEO Joni Rautavuori at the North East England Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards dinner, where they got a lot more than they bargained for.


Tharsus Group – Universal Wolf and Tharsus – had been shortlisted for Larger Business of the Year, so our representatives were thrilled to collect our award after we were named the winner. Little did they realise they would be on stage a second time to collect the top award of the night – Business of the Year 2022!

Drawn from the category winners, Business of the Year recognizes a stand-out submission. Making the winning announcement, Darush Dodds, Corporate Affairs Director of sponsor Esh Group, called out our colleagues saying:


“What really stood out with Tharsus Group is their ability to onboard people and develop them, giving them a career with lots of potential – the true meaning of Social Mobility. Privately-owned and proud of its Northumberland roots, this is a North-East business truly representative of what this region and its people are capable of.  They’re flying the flag for this region on a world stage.”


Attributing this double success to our colleagues, Brian Palmer praised the “dedication, hard work and spirit which make our achievements and this recognition possible”  adding “these are their awards!”


Tharsus Group will join other winners from across the UK for the British Chambers of Commerce Annual Awards in October, where one will be chosen as the national winner.


Our thanks go to the awards organisers and our congratulations to all those who were shortlisted and won.  An exceptional group of truly great businesses.


Other winners and runners up at the North East England Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Awards include:

Small business of the year: Redrose Nutraceutical Manufacturer Kindly sponsored by North East Local Enterprise Partnership

Larger business of the year: Tharsus Group (Tharsus & Universal Wolf)
Kindly sponsored by The Endeavour Partnership

Business diversification award: Citizens Advice Gateshead
Kindly sponsored by North East Times

Entrepreneur of the year: Brenda McLeish OBE DL – Learning Curve Group
Kindly sponsored by Intuit

Green business of the year: believe housing
Kindly sponsored by Gateshead College

Diversity and inclusion award: Prima Cheese Ltd
Kindly sponsored by Square One Law

Export business of the year: LamasaTech
In association with Department for International Trade North East​

Commitment to people award: Signpost Productions
Kindly sponsored by Openreach

Scale up business of the year: Everflow
Kindly sponsored by Middlesbrough College

Community business of the year: NWG (Northumbrian Water Group)
Kindly sponsored by Karbon Homes

Business of the year: Tharsus Group (Tharsus and Universal Wolf)
Kindly sponsored by Esh Group

Huge thanks to our associate sponsors, Bernicia Group and to all of our category sponsors. ​

Thanks also to our host Charlie Charlton, the wonderful venue Sage Gateshead and our wonderful entertainment Phil Davids and the Good Time Band.​


winners at north east england chamber of commerce annual business awards 2022