A fast-growing healthy eating restaurant chain that boasts the ‘skinny Parmo’ on its menu has been crowned Best New Business in the Tees Valley less than 12 months after launching.
The family-run business Nosh Healthy Kitchen struck gold in a glittering ceremony at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium that attracted industry leaders and entrepreneurs from all sectors.
Nosh, who employ 12 people across Teesside, also won the gong in the Retail High Street category at the 16th Best New Business Awards Tees Valley.
Having opened up its first restaurant on Middlesbrough’s Linthorpe Road in March 2015, Nosh recently opened a takeaway on Church Road in central Stockton and is now looking to open a third North-East location in the near future.
Jason Jahangiry, who runs the business with his family, said: “The concept of Nosh is that healthy food doesn’t have to be tasteless and boring.
“We always felt there was a real need and demand for healthy food on Teesside and that was only emphasised when a new story broke the day before we opened our restaurant stating there were more fast food takeaways on Linthorpe Road than anywhere else in the country.
Former Teesside University graphic design student Jason added: “Our food is designed to appeal to everyone but particularly those who go to the gym or are trying to slim down.
“Healthy food isn’t all about salads. We’ve introduced the ‘skinny Parmo’ which is just 485 calories, compared to the usual 2,500 calories, simply by over baking it instead of putting it in a deep fat fryer.”
Father Shari, the restaurant’s chef, added: “This award really puts us on the map. We knew we were going in the right direction but this award is recognition that we are doing the right things not only in business but in terms of lifestyle too. We are making a positive difference to people on Teesside.
“As a proud Teesside business, that’s the best accolade anyone can give us.”
Colin Brown, managing director of Lighthouse Advisory Services Ltd, has organised the awards for the past 16 years as way of inspiring and rewarding enterprise across the region.
Colin said: “It’s only right that we recognise and reward the achievements of new businesses and the enormous part they play in bringing about economic growth.”
Many previous winners have gone on to become hugely successful companies including Sound Training, Cornerstone Business Solutions, Evolution Forwarding, Guardian Marine Testing and Double Eleven.
Other category winners
• Creative & Digital Media: Ithica Films
• Engineering, Manufacturing & Sustainability: TaperedPlusLimited
• Marketing & Online Selling: Stripe 4
• Service: Bid and Research Development
• Small Business: Café Pierre Languages
• Young Entrepreneur: Carl Shepherdson, Wags & Whiskers Pet Boutique
The awards were held in association with Tees Valley Unlimited, with support from Teesside University, Thirteen Group and Tees Valley Business Compass.
The night also raised more than £1,000 for the Prince’s Trust.