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First-ever North East, Yorkshire & the Humber Startup Awards winners crowned

The North East Start Up Winners

The most promising new businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber have been recognised at a new awards ceremony. The StartUp Awards National Series debuted this year to highlight the dynamic startup scene across the country that skyrocketed during the pandemic, and has been rolled out in nine UK nations and regions, supported nationally by BT, Clearco, Dell Technologies & Intel, Moblox, Fearless Adventures and with regional support from Moja Group.

The final was held at the Boiler House in Newcastle and saw twenty different awards given out to new businesses in categories such as innovative startup of the year, social enterprise startup of the year and green startup of the year.

The awards were judged by a panel of prominent local judges, including Mark Roberts of Beer Hawk, Sophie Milliken of Moja Group and Jonathan Grubin of SoPost.

Polly James, Radio X DJ & Presenter speaking at the awards

The Startup of the Year for the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber was won by Power Sheds, a manufacturer of garden sheds, log cabins, summerhouses and potting sheds. Based in Bradford, Power Sheds were set up in 2019 by Jack Sutcliffe and Simon Hobson who developed a product range which could fit on a pallet and be delivered anywhere in the UK within 24 hours. It has since grown to employ 70 people manufacturing 800 sheds per week.

Originally formed as the Wales StartUp Awards in 2016, the Awards Series has joined forces with the Great British Entrepreneur Awards to take the celebration of newly formed businesses nationwide. Creator of the awards Professor Dylan Jones-Evans OBE said the inaugural event not only celebrated the best new firms in the region but recognised the amazing entrepreneurial talent across the nation.

Founder of the Awards, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans speaking

Dylan said:

“We’re so proud of the amazing reception the first year of the StartUp Awards National Series has had across the country, from initially calling for entries right up to awards night. There are some exceptional stories of dedication and passion from founders of new firms from across the region and it was an honour to showcase these local entrepreneurial heroes in Newcastle last night.”

“What we have seen from every entry this year demonstrates that we have incredible businesses created and run by incredible people. Not only are they creating wealth and employment in their local communities, but they are all inspirational role models for others to follow in their footsteps.

“A huge congratulations to all the category winners and especially to the team at Power Sheds in becoming the Start-up of the Year who have grown the company so quickly in such a short space of time. They, and many of the other winners, are going to have a major impact on their sector in years to come and we look forward to seeing what’s next for these amazing entrepreneurs and their businesses.”

Full list of winners

North East, Yorkshire and the Humber StartUp of the Year

Power Sheds

Business-to-Business Services StartUp of the Year

The Alcohol Free Drinks Company

Consumer Services StartUp of the Year

North Sky Yurts

Construction and Building Services StartUp of the Year


Creative StartUp of the Year

Wigwam Studios

Digital StartUp of the Year


Food and Drink StartUp of the Year

Nidhoggr Mead

Graduate StartUp of the Year

Pretty Mama

Green StartUp of the Year

District Eating

Innovative StartUp of the Year


Power Sheds

Leeds StartUp of the Year


Manufacturing and Engineering StartUp of the Year

Modern Persian Kitchen

Medtech StartUp of the Year

Iatro Partners

Mobile and Emerging Technologies StartUp of the Year

Worker Bee UK

Online Retail StartUp of the Year

Sow Clever 

Professional Services StartUp of the Year

Halo Business Consulting

Rural StartUp of the Year

Fearne & Rosie

Social Enterprise StartUp of the Year

PyroTalks CIC

Tourism and Leisure StartUp of the Year

Valhalla North Axe Throwing

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Jack Griffiths, Snuggy

Rising Stars


Student Bubble

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