THE Hart Biologicals team had double reason to celebrate at the annual Hartlepool Business awards.

Shortlisted against Omega Plastics and J&B Recycling in the Investment in Training category, Hart Biologicals was crowned the winner after impressing the judges with an eye-catching submission.

At a glittering event, which was hosted by Hartlepool favourite Jeff Stelling, the Hart Biologicals’ table was up on its feet again when Managing Director Alby Pattison was deservedly named as the Business Leader of the Year.

Alby said: “I said before the event that it was fantastic to be shortlisted because there was tough competition in every single category.

“The Hartlepool Business Awards is always a fantastic evening, it really does showcase all of the hard work that is going on right through the town.

“I’m very proud of the team for the success in the Investment in Training category, it is great that the work put in over the last 12 months has been recognised by the judging panel.

“As far as the Business Leader of the Year award goes, it was very humbling just to be nominated but to be named as the overall winner is very special for me.

“It may have been an individual award with my name on the trophy, but it really is a team effort and everyone who works for Hart Biologicals should be very proud of themselves.”