Judges for this year’s Trades Awards have said the standard of entries has been “particularly high”.
A panel of experts have the task of narrowing them down to shortlists, which are due to be announced on Friday.
More than 40% of entries to the awards this year were from first-time candidates.
Now in its fifth year, the event is sponsored by the Stewart Milne Group and the Evening Express, which has joined the awards as its official media partner.
The prestigious event is run by creative marketing agency Mearns and Gill.
Neil Murray, head of the Trades Awards judging panel, said he was impressed with this year’s applications.
He said: “The standard of application this year is particularly high.
“Applicants for the Trades Awards clearly appreciate the importance of providing value for money coupled with a commitment to customer service.
“This is particularly impressive considering the difficult business environment in the North-east.”
The independent judging panel of 12 will shortlist 13 award categories including the Evening Express-sponsored Tradesperson of the Year.
Winners are set to be announced at a glamorous awards bash to be held at Ardoe House on June 9.
Neil Thomson, construction director of Stewart Milne Homes, said: “I am extremely honoured to be representing Stewart Milne Group on the Trades Awards judging panel for the third consecutive year.
“Every year we see the standard of application increase, but this year in particular, we have seen evidence of remarkable talent, ambitious and creative projects, and exceptional passion and pride from applicants.
“It is clear to see that we have a great deal to be proud of within the North-east construction industry, and I am looking forward to meeting with the finalists during the next stage of the judging process.”
More information on the awards and categories can be found by visiting www.tradesawards.com