The software company was awarded the business professional certificate by Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah at TechUK’s annual dinner in London.
TechUK’s certificate accredits IT companies that can demonstrate best practice in security, business continuity, project management, risk management, customer care, corporate and social responsibility and human resources.
Receiving the award, Orchard’s finance director, Nick Lambert, said, “Like many others, I was disappointed by the negative and one-sided article in a national newspaper comparing the North East to Detroit. Contrary to the suggestions in this controversial piece, we believe that it is an excellent place to work.
“We have built a very successful technology business and we have created almost 200 highly-skilled jobs in the North East. I don’t consider our region to be ‘remote’; we are only three hours by train from London and 90 minutes from Edinburgh. The North East offers a great quality of life and we think that for our own business and the technology sector in the region, the best is yet to come.”