On Thursday May 2, 2014, 630 business people gathered at the Hardwick Hall Hotel for the North East Business Awards to celebrate enterprise and success where the Zine team were awarded finalist position for Online Business of the Year.

Zine has also been awarded four gold awards from the national Best for Web Awards. Created by a group of business owners experienced in the challenge of finding the right professional agencies to work with, the BestFor series of websites provides a 100% independent and transparent site that shows genuine client reviews and ratings – helping users to make more informed and smarter decisions.

Awarded gold standard in North East websites, Search Engine Optimisation and social media, Zine has also successfully achieved a gold standard at a national level for social media.

Sarah Gent, Marketing Communications Lead at Zine, commented: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of Zine – to receive awards locally, from the North East Business Awards, and nationally, from Best for Web, is the best acknowledgement of all the hard work of our team… and it is a fantastic group of people! We would like to thank each and every one of the Zine staff for this success. This is just the beginning!

“As finalist in the Online Business of the Year category, Zine is here to help both local businesses and beyond get the best from the web.”

Based in Barnard Castle, the Digital Agency create dynamic, responsive websites, SEO support, social media and e-marketing strategies and materials, as well as graphic design. As a growing organisation (the team has grown from 9 to 30 staff in the last year), Zine is increasingly making their presence felt in the market, with clients such as British Gas, CISCO and TEDCO, as well as smaller, local organisations like The Morritt hotel and The Garage spa.