Nemo News

Oh the Grand Ol’ Final of York, will we win again…

You may have heard us shout it from the rooftops already (we are more than a little excited); if you haven’t, then listen up… On Sunday 3rd February 2019, Nemo Swimming was crowned Best Child Orientated Business at the Tyne and Wear Business Awards. We were shortlisted for the award, alongside some incredible businesses across the region, including our friends at Kalma Baby South Tyneside, and Tots Tea Rooms in Wallsend – all winners, if you ask us!

As a result of winning at the Tyne and Wear Business Awards, Nemo Swimming has now qualified for the Grand Final of Englands Business Awards, which will take place in York later on this year. We’ll be there, alongside a handful of other businesses from the region, representing Tyne and Wear at a national level – FINcredible, huh?!

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What did the judges of the Tyne and Wear Business Awards say about us?

The process for judging finalists has been refined the Englands Business Awards team over the last five years. For the 2019 awards, shortlisted businesses were judged based on three elements:

  • Public votes and comments
  • Mystery shopping
  • Site visits

Nemo Swimming had received several nominations from the public, many of whom praised our teaching team, as well as our lesson plans, office support function, and more. The judges, when conducting their mystery shopping and site visits, were also particularly impressed by our team’s “obvious passion that came through when teaching children to swim”.

John Preston, head of the presentation team at Englands Business Awards, had this to say: “The goal of our Business Awards is to identify and showcase standout businesses throughout the country. We found this in Nemo Swimming, being particularly impressed with their professionalism and enthusiasm. We would like to wish Nemo Swimming the best of luck in our national final later on in the year.”

Well, what can we say?! We are beyond chuffed! A HUGE thank you to all of our customers who voted for us, and supported us over the last ten years – here’s to the next step!

Onwards to York!

On Sunday 23rd June, the Nemo Swimming will be hanging up their SwimFins and putting their glad rags on before heading to York Racecourse for the Grand Final of the Englands Business Awards. Of course, we are hoping for another win but we are over the moon to just be shortlisted for the Grand Final – absolutely FIN-credible.
Help us bring this award back to Tyne & Wear by heading to and voting for Nemo Swimming.

Happy swimming, everyone, and thanks again for all your support and votes so far 😊