A growing family-run engineering firm in Northumberland has triumphed at a prestigious national awards event dubbed the ‘Grammys of Entrepreneurship’.

Black Hills Products Limited in Sleekburn has been awarded ‘Maker and Creator of the Year’ for North East England at The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

The business is run by husband-and-wife team David and Lynsey Crossman and provides tailored engineering solutions and fabricated component and assembly services to the UK utilities and renewable energy sectors.

Recognised annually as one of the most prestigious accolades in the entrepreneurial world, The Great British Entrepreneur Awards received over 5,000 applications this year alone, underlining the significance of Black Hills Products success. The awards are judged by a panel of some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, including the founders of Specsavers, Poundland and Innocent.

Previous winner James Watt, founder of BrewDog, said that winning was “better than winning the World Cup.”

Also highlighting the prestige associated with the event, Dragons Den star and famous entrepreneur Steven Bartlett, called the awards “The Grammys of Entrepreneurship.”

Describing why the company was presented with the Maker and Creator of the Year Award, the judges said: “Black Hills Products is a remarkable family business that embodies strong personal values. The judges acknowledged the company’s outstanding success and experience in their field, making it clear that this business truly stands out.”

Black Hills Products managing director David Crossman was thrilled with the win.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this award given the quality of the many talented businesses we were up against. It’s a genuine privilege to be recognised for our approach to building the business.

“We’ve faced some tough challenges from navigating the pandemic to rising operational costs, but we’ve stayed strong, worked hard to nurture our client base both in the region and nationally to create significant growth.

“Winning this award is a tribute to the commitment of the whole team at Black Hills, without them none of this would be possible.”
Francesca James, founder of The Allica Bank Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said:

“I am thrilled to witness the extraordinary achievements of this year’s winners. Their success stories are a testament to the dynamic and innovative spirit that thrives within UK entrepreneurship. These inspiring entrepreneurs embody the creativity, determination, and passion that are at the heart of our nation’s business success. Their accomplishments not only celebrate their own journeys but also light the way for future generations of innovators and business leaders.”