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.
“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.”
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.
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
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
Runners-up: Quick Hydraulics, Northumbria Healthcare