Celebrations for top North Tyneside businesses in annual awards ceremony

Around 200 leading business figures attended the North Tyneside Business Awards at the Village Hotel, Silverlink North

Christopher Best Photography Owen Pugh Group: Vicki McGregor, Phil Malthouse, Robin Armstrong, Jan Elliott and Tracey Forshaw
Owen Pugh Group: Vicki McGregor, Phil Malthouse, Robin Armstrong, Jan Elliott and Tracey Forshaw

The best of the borough’s businesses have been recognised in this year’s North Tyneside Business Awards.

The annual awards, managed by the North Tyneside Business Forum, celebrate the huge contribution that businesses in the area make to the success of the borough and the local economy.

The 2014 awards ceremony, at the Village Hotel, Silverlink North, was attended by 200 leading figures from the region’s business community.

The event saw Dudley-based Owen Pugh Group, which employs around 400 people, take the coveted North Tyneside Business of the Year Award, having already been crowned Construction Business of the Year.

Elected Mayor for North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn said: “The North Tyneside Business Awards provide an opportunity to celebrate the huge contribution that businesses in North Tyneside make to regeneration and the local economy.

Christopher Best Photography Robin Armstrong Group Logistics Director, Owen Pugh, with mayor, Norma Redfearn and Steve Walls
Robin Armstrong Group Logistics Director, Owen Pugh, with mayor, Norma Redfearn and Steve Walls
 

“Owen Pugh Group have been established in North Tyneside for over 70 years, and during this time they’ve made a significant commitment to the borough and its people.

“Their tenacity, optimism and innovation in tough economic times is inspirational and their ethical and sustainable business practices are exemplary. On top of this, their commitment to providing quality apprenticeships to young people and their practice of offering jobs and training to disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups truly sets them apart.

“The firm also has a fantastic track record of working with charitable organisations to provide opportunities for disadvantaged or hard to reach groups, and supporting community initiatives.

“They really deserve to be this year’s overall winners, and I sincerely hope their success and growth in North Tyneside continues.”

John Dickson, chairman of the Owen Pugh Group, said: “This recognition is true testament to the hard work of the 400 strong team, whose commitment and hard work has made the company the success it is today.

“We pride ourselves on the development and retention of our staff, and in particular recruiting and nurturing young people.

We firmly believe that education, training and employment are the lifeblood our company and the key to our current achievements and our future success.”

Christopher Best Photography Special Contribution Award: Bernard Garner from Nexus (sponsor), Gavin Kirk from Greggs and Steve Walls (compere)
Special Contribution Award: Bernard Garner from Nexus (sponsor), Gavin Kirk from Greggs and Steve Walls (compere)

This year also saw the introduction of a new Special Contribution Award for the business which has made the biggest contribution to the life, economy and reputation of North Tyneside.

This award, which is sponsored by Nexus and North Tyneside Council, was given to Greggs, who operate from Balliol Business Park.

The company started from humble beginnings as a small family business in the North East and has grown to be a leading company in the UK in their sector.

They have established a charitable foundation, raising more than £1m in 2013 through fundraising and a donation from profits.

The staff and customers have also raised over £6m for Children in Need since 2007 and they support over 300 breakfast clubs each year, providing two million free breakfasts for children.

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All winners, runners up and sponsors

The winners and runners-up from each of the eight award categories were:

Green Business Award

Winner: CMR UK Ltd

Runners-up: Forfusion Ltd and Help-Link UK

Manufacturing Business Award

Winner: Keith Spicer Ltd (Spicers)

Runners-up: N2 Ltd, NE Engraving & Signs Ltd

Service Sector Award

Winner: Aquatran Ltd

Runners-up: Wallsend Hall, Mi-Case

Construction Business Award

Winner: Owen Pugh Group

Runners-up: Blake Hopkinson Architecture, Turney Wylde

Business Start-Up Award

Winner: VREO

Runners-up: Red Diamond Theatre, D&G Motor Engineers

Retail Business Award

Winner: Unique Magazines

Runners-up: Enjoymuzic Ltd, The Splat Centre

Award for Supporting Apprenticeships

Winner: Accenture

Runners-up: Quick Hydraulics, Northumbria Healthcare

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