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Newcastle University Business School proud to sponsor North East Business Executive of the Year Awards

Business School sponsors the Young Business Person of the Year Award for 12th year

Businesses need to evolve in order to survive, and it is essential that entrepreneurs of tomorrow are supported to challenge the status quo and drive the future of enterprise and social change.

Recognising how business is shaped by a desire to think differently, Newcastle University Business School’s driving purpose is to push the boundaries of knowledge by facilitating entrepreneurial thinking. We create future business leaders who strive for excellence and are eager for change.

This is the 12th consectutive year the Business School has sponsored the Young Business Person of the Year, at the North East Business Executive of the Year awards

Dr. Anna Tilba, Director of Corporate Engagement at Newcastle University Business School, said: “Encouraging entrepreneurship and new business thinking is fundamental to what we do at the Business School.

“This is why we have been supporting the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards for over a decade. Our sponsorship of the Young Business Person of the Year category is a signal to those we teach, and those in the regional and national community, that we are proud of our ability to nurture entrepreneurial talent". 

This award is a highlight for the Business School as it gives us the opportunity to see what dynamic entrepreneurs are doing in the region. Dr. Tilba was joined by Business School Director Professor Sharon Mavin, in hosting Alison Shaw from NE Futures, Liz Liddle and Jenny Charteris from Virgin Money, Mick Hogan from Newcastle Falcons, Tony Leech from HSBC, Justin Batson from Barclays, Alison Gittins from Durham Business Group and Charles Penn from Sintons Law.

The winner of this year's award was Phil Pallister, who is the Managing Director of 0800 Repair Gas Services. 0800 Repair Gas is a leading home service in heating, plumbing and insulation. Established in 2010 as a subsidiary of Pacifica Group, which forms part of Paficica's Home Services division.

On why Phil was chosen for the award, Dr. Tilba said:

"Phil was clearly an outstanding candidate. He has overseen the growth and development of this arm of Pacifica from a start up, advancing it from only himself and no resources to a national operation. Phil's ability to build longstanding relationships and partnerships with people working in Heating and Plumping has paid off as evident from the success of his business.

Beyond his corporate success, Phil also works with North East social housing providers and local authorities, as well as companies, to reduce carbon footprints and implement energy efficient heating."

Phil Pallister receiving the award
Photo credit: Trinity Mirror

published on: 14 November 2017