The region celebrated a double victory at the British Chambers of Commerce Awards, where the NECC and Nortech Solutions triumphed over other regions to take top prizes.
Engineering design specialists Nortech Solutions won the Most Promising New Business accolade at this year’s awards, following on from Simply Bows and Chair Covers’ success in the same category last year.
The Wynyard Park firm was one of six regional business champions on the North East Chamber of Commerce table at the prestigious London event, which also saw Guardian Marine Testing and Derwentside Homes claim runners-up honours in their respective categories.
Nortech Solutions has demonstrated rapid growth in turnover, profit and employment since it was formed in April 2011, and has created 86 new jobs in its first two years.
The company provides high quality, multi-disciplined engineering design and project management service for a range of industries and contracts including: iron & steel manufacturing, oil & gas onshore and offshore, petrochemical and energy. Nortech supports key industries in the North East, UK and overseas.
Former ICI technical apprentice, Bryan Bunn, founded of Nortech. He said: “Having secured a string of high-value contracts with blue chip firms, Nortech has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a motivated, highly-skilled workforce committed to providing excellent customer service and continuing to push the boundaries of engineering design.”
NECC itself was also a winner on the evening, scooping the Excellence in International Trade Award, collected by NECC International Trade Director, Julie Underwood.
NECC won the accolade for its excellence in export documentation and its ongoing efforts to promote and support overseas trade across the North East.
Chief executive James Ramsbotham, said: “I am incredibly proud that NECC has won this award – our second in consecutive years following 2012’s victory for Excellence in Membership Services. We work tirelessly to improve conditions not only for our region’s business community but for the North East as a whole.
“Ultimately our aim is to make the North East a success, developing and maintaining overseas customers and markets is playing, and will continue to play, a key role in our growth. I feel that this award reflects our hard work and the success that the region has achieved in the past 12 months.”
The North East delegation included Atomhawk Design, Elddis Transport, Guardian Marine Technology and Andrew Moffatt of Port of Tyne.