Vistech, shortlisted for a VelociTees award as one of the region’s fastest-growing businesses.

Interior designers, computer games developers, engineering specialists and vape marketers are among the eclectic finalists shortlisted for a VelociTees award as one of the region’s fastest growing businesses.

The VelociTees, a Tees Business event in partnership with leading accountants Azets, take place at Wynyard Hall on the lunchtime of Thursday, February 16.

The inaugural awards will see trophies presented to the Tees region’s fastest growing businesses in terms of turnover and job creation.

Among the first to be shortlisted are two Middlesbrough-based computer games developers, Radical Forge and SockMonkey Studios, who are finalists with vape product supplier Phoenix 2 Retail in the Job Creation category for small businesses of between 10 and 50 employees.

SockMonkey Studios are also finalists in the Turnover category for small businesses with a turnover of between £250,000 and £3m. They are up against three fellow fast-growers, Yarm-based interior design firm Cocoon & Bauer, family-run Stockton audio store HiFisound and Hartlepool’s Wavecon, who specialise in cabling solutions and wired assemblies for the subsea industry.

Meanwhile, there’s a five-strong shortlist in the Job Creation category for SMEs with between 51 and 250 staff. Radical Forge are again among those hoping to win, alongside Hartlepool-based biomedical experts Hart Biologicals, Wynyard-based Ultralight Outdoor Gear, Middlesbrough security specialists Vistech Services and Guisborough’s BJP Home Support.

More finalists will be revealed on the Tees Business social media platforms on Wednesday and Thursday. Two overall winners for job creation and turnover will also be named on the big day.

Confirmed finalists so far are:

Turnover – SME (£3m-£10m)
Sponsored by FW Capital
Ultralight Outdoor Gear
Hart Biologicals
Radical Forge
Vistech Services
BJP Home Support

Turnover – Small (£250,000 to £3m)
Sponsored by UKSE
SockMonkey Studios
Cocoon and Bauer

Jobs – Small (10-50 staff)
Sponsored by Middlesbrough Digital
Radical Forge
Phoenix 2 Retail
SockMonkey Studios

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