Monthly Archives: June 2011

Nectar Business Award Finalist



A small business from Middlesbroughhas been shortlisted in the Nectar Business Small Business Awards 2011, in the Start-Up of the Year category. Teesside Precision Engineering – a manufacturer of precision machined components – is just weeks away from hearing if theywill pick up the accolade, judged by business woman and star of hit show The Apprentice, Karren Brady. 

Former workmates David Dean, Roger Metcalfe and Russell Coates started Teesside Precision Engineering in February 2010 – putting their combined 60 years of engineering and management experience to good use.

In less than a year the engineering business has rapidly grown and now has a workforce of twenty staff.  Since their start of trading they have operated with an increasing order book and provided services to over 100 customers, 20 of which are blue chip companies, spanning a wide range of industry sectors.  Thanks to the business’ success in its early months of trading, it is in with a good chance of winning the prize of £2,000 and 50,000 Nectar points, along with the prestigious title.

 David entered Teesside Precision Engineering into the Start-Up Business of the Year category after reading about the awards in an email from Nectar Business – a rewards scheme that enables businesses to collect points on their purchases.

David commented: “I’m so pleased to be shortlisted in the Nectar Business Small Business Awards. When we were setting up the business, there was lots of talk about the recession, but as a team we felt strongly that the economy would improve, and that our start-up would be a success. So far, our predictions have been exceeded and we have achieved our three year business plan within our first 12 months of trading. The recognition from being shortlisted for this award makes all the hard work worth it. The £2,000 prize money and 50,000 Nectar points could help propel our business to the next level”.

Teesside Precision Engineering was just one of hundreds of hugely successful and dedicated smallUKenterprises that entered the Nectar Business Small Business Awards. The entry will now be judged by a panel of experts, including Karren Brady who will decide the final winner of this category alongside small business journalist Guy Clapperton, Marketing Director at Nectar,James Frostand Merchandising and Marketing Director forUKand Ireland Office Depot, John O’Keeffe.

James Frost, Marketing Director at Nectar says: “Start-Up Business of the Year Award is a new award for 2011 that will reward a new company that is set for an exciting and profitable future. In challenging economic times, these individuals have worked really hard and sometimes taken risks to get their companies up and running. We wish all the shortlisted businesses the best of luck in this competitive category.”

For full information on the awards please visit