THE head of a Tyneside engineering firm has received national recognition after being shortlisted as a finalist in a prominent business awards.
Paul Stewart, managing director of North Tyneside-based Chirton Engineering, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the British Chamber of Commerce Awards 2012.
Paul, who will represent the North East Chamber of Commerce at the event, has led an engineering revolution on Tyneside since he launched his business back in 2003.
His firm is a subcontractor of engineering components, operating in the field of offshore oil and gas manufacturing. The business has an unrivalled reputation in the offshore oil and gas industry. Paul has also pioneered an apprenticeship training programme in the region. Chamber chief executive James Ramsbotham said: “Paul is an inspirational individual. His vision and drive led him to create a real modern-day success story of North East engineering and his dedication to ensuring the survival of vital engineering skills in the North East is truly exceptional.”
Paul reached the Chamber Awards final after Chirton Engineering scooped the Small Business Award title at the North East Business Awards in April.
Paul said: “It is an honour to represent the North East at this awards ceremony.
“Although it is the Entrepreneur of the year award, I see it very much as recognition of the skills and dedication of the whole team at Chirton Engineering.”
The Chamber Awards were launched by the British Chambers of Commerce in 2004 to recognise and celebrate business excellence through the successes and achievements of its Accredited Chambers of Commerce and their members.
The ceremony this year is set to be hosted by BBC business journalist and presenter Declan Curry and will be held at the Guildhall in London on November 29.