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Andrew Neil to host Northern business journalist awards

Publisher and broadcaster Andrew Neil is to host this year’s Yorkshire Bank Northern Business Journalist of the Year Awards.

The former Sunday Times editor, who began his career at the Paisley Daily Express, will present the prizes to the winners of each of the eight categories during a ceremony in Leeds next month.

He will then entertain guests with an insight into his views on the world of journalism.

The competition is still currently open to enter, with categories for Newspaper Business Team of the Year and Magazine Business Team of the Year as well as the best daily newspaper business journalist, weekly newspaper business journalist, business magazine journalist/contributor, young business journalist, broadcast journalist and business issues story/campaign.

Each individual winner will receive £1,000 and a trophy and the winners of the two team categories will be presented with a trophy.

This is the first year a category for Young Northern Business Journalist of the Year has been included, and all business journalists aged 30 or under are eligible to enter.

Barry Gardner, head of external affairs for Yorkshire Bank, said: “Having a journalist of Andrew Neil’s calibre reflects the importance of the awards and the standing the event has gathered over the years.

“This is the fifth year that Yorkshire Bank has supported the awards and it represents a fantastic opportunity to bring the North’s finest business journalists together to celebrate such journalistic excellence.”

Journalists can enter in any of the individual or team categories, as appropriate.

Two pieces of work are required for each category entered, and these must have been published or broadcast since June 2005. Only one piece of work is required for the business issues story/campaign of the year.

The deadline for entries is Friday, October 20.

Electronic application forms are available on request from or

Winners will be announced at the Leeds Marriott Hotel on November 29.

The awards aim to recognise the achievements of print and broadcast journalists based between the Trent and Scottish borders.

The judges for the awards are: Mike Ward, head of journalism, University of Central Lancashire; James Ramsbotham, chief executive of North East Chamber of Commerce; Ken Symon, business editor of The Sunday Herald; and Kath Myers, Yorkshire Bank’s head of financial solutions centres for Yorkshire and the North East.

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