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Intelect Receives Employer Recognition Award for Commitment to Armed Forces Community

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Intelect Receives Employer Recognition Award for Commitment to Armed Forces Community

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Left to right: Former Warrant Officer Class 2 and Intelect QHSE Manager, Mike Cook, Intelect Director, John Thompson and Lt Col Andy Black REME, Head of Engagement for North East and Yorkshire.

Intelect continues with its award success, adding a further accolade to their tally after receiving the Silver Employer Recognition Award from the Armed Forces Covenant.

Created to ensure the Forces community are treated fairly and have equal opportunity, the Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation to those who have served and their families.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

Through a 3-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold awards, the scheme recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers.
As a forces friendly employer, Intelect Director, John Thompson was delighted to receive the news about their silver award, he said, “We are very proud to have received the Silver Employer Recognition Award from the Armed Forces Covenant, building on our previous commitments.

“As a company we have supported the forces community for many years, and we will continue to provide opportunities and advocate to other businesses about the positive impact this can have.”

Brigadier Paul Baker, Chief Executive, North of England RFCA said, “There has always been great support for the Armed Forces within the North East of England but the growing number of companies prepared to publicly demonstrate this support is truly heartening, especially in such challenging times.

“These Employer Recognition Scheme awards are a recognition of the backing and encouragement provided to their employees who are also Reservists, Adult Volunteers within the Cadet Forces, Veterans and their families. Well done to all.”

The award follows not long after Intelect hosted the North East Armed Forces Business Forum, which saw over 20 regional business come together to discuss how they can better support those who serve, or have served, and their families.

Having signed the Covenant initially back in 2019, Intelect have continued to make steps to improve their support of the force’s community, building on their Bronze Employer Recognition Award which they received two years ago.

Going forward, Intelect plans to continue growing its support of the force’s community, and hopes to obtain the Gold Award in 2023.

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Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

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Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022 Following Earlier North East Business Awards Win

Engineering company, Intelect celebrates a double whammy, ranking in the Apprenticeships Top 50 SME Employers for 2022 just days after triumphing at the Teesside North East Business Awards in the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills category.

The Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers list celebrates small to medium enterprises for their vital contribution and commitments to apprenticeships, with Intelect taking spot number 17.

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Intelect Ranks in the Apprenticeships Top 20 SME Employers for 2022

Launched at the same time as the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list, the two leader boards are designed to showcase the very best of England’s apprenticeship employers, with those listed recognised for providing some of the most successful apprenticeship programmes over the previous 12 months.

Apprenticeships have been at the heart of Intelect’s business model since 1997, just a year after their launch 25 years ago, and they have continued to grow their commitments ever since, training over 150 apprentices in that time and increasing the number of courses they offer.

Currently employing 33 apprentices across a range of disciplines, and with a retention rate of 54%, the Top 50 ranking comes only six days after their win at the Teesside North East Business Awards, where Intelect fought off tough competition to scoop the Apprenticeships, Training and Skills Award.

As a member of the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, Alan Wallace, North East Network Coordinator was delighted to see Intelect representing the region and the network, saying “We want to congratulate Intelect on their recent award win and achieving 17th in the Top 50 SME Apprenticeship Employers list.

“This shows just how much Intelect values and supports apprenticeships as a recruitment method, as well as a learning and development route for their existing employees too, which is equally as important”.

Intelect works in close partnership with a number of local training and development providers to deliver their award-winning programmes. Principal of Hartlepool College of Further Education, Darren Hankey said, “We are delighted that Intelect has received so much recognition for its approach to apprenticeships. The company is known for its high standards and the recognition is richly deserved.

He continued, “Having high standards is also a part of our DNA at the College, where we’ve been supporting organisations since 1849. It is a privilege to work with Intelect and to be entrusted to train its fabrication, product design and environmental apprentices.”

Intelect Managing Director, and former apprentice, Fran Cormican was blown away with the recent news, saying “We are truly delighted to receive such fantastic recognition, and to be ranked 17th out of over 500 employers who entered is incredible. Apprenticeships are, and have always been, at the heart of Intelect and our ‘train to retain’ ethos has allowed us to grow and bring a wealth of innovation and diversity to our business for many years.

“That being said, we feel it’s hugely important that we, and other businesses alike, continue to advocate the benefits and opportunities that apprenticeships can provide, to ensure as many people as possible continue to have a pathway to succeed”.

Intelect will represent Teesside the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards on the 29th September at Hardwick Hall, where they will face Northumberland & Tyneside winners, Newcastle Building Society and Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside winners, Unipres UK Ltd.

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Intelect cements apprenticeship commitments

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Intelect cements apprenticeship commitments by joining National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network

Apprenticeships have been at the heart of Middlesbrough-based Intelect’s workforce since they launched their dedicated programme back in 1998, just one year after their incorporation.

Now, 24 years on, the engineering company has since trained over 100 apprentices in a variety of roles, and has further cemented its commitment to apprenticeships by becoming a member of the National Apprenticeship Ambassador Network.

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Lily and John accept regional winner of the SME Employer of the Year Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2019

The Apprenticeship Ambassador Network (AAN) is a group of employers whose main aim is to spearhead the drive to engage new employers to commit to apprenticeship delivery in England.

Intelect currently employs 33 apprentices at its Teesside site across a range of educational levels and courses, and their award-winning programme has been recognised by multiple awards on both local and national levels in recent years.

As part of their voluntary commitment to the ANN, Intelect will continue to build on their already strong engagement with key stakeholders including schools, colleges, fellow employers and wider supply chains.

Intelect’s Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “We are delighted to be welcomed to the Apprenticeship Ambassador Network, and look forward to continuing to share our success stories and inspire others when it comes to employing apprentices.

“Apprentices have been the backbone of our work force for almost a quarter of a century, and have allowed us to grow and expand our businesses consistently, as well as provide a wider variety of capabilities to our market leading clients.

He added, “We already work closely with other charities and initiatives, such as the High Tide Foundation, who do fantastic work when it comes to raising aspirations of local young people in the Tees Valley, and we’re now keen to build on our commitments when it comes to raising the profile of apprenticeship delivery too”.

Members of the Network demonstrate their ambassadorial work primarily against four core activity areas which include sharing their positive experiences with apprenticeships, directing key partners and individuals to key information, celebrating their successes as employers and apprentices, and providing insight to the Government on apprenticeships.

George Ritchie, Chair of the North East Apprenticeship Ambassador Network said, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Intelect to our network and also commend the company’s long-standing passionate advocacy for apprenticeships and apprentices.

“With almost quarter of a century providing excellent apprenticeships, I’m certain Intelect will become a vital and integral partner for the North East Apprenticeships Ambassador Network and I very much look forward to working with them.”

Intelect are an electrical and mechanical engineering company and have been providing engineering solutions to clients in the food and beverage manufacturing industry and other process industries both nationally and internationally for 25 years.

In 2019, they were also crowned regional winner of the SME Employer of the Year Award at the National Apprenticeship Awards.

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From left: John Thompson, Ella Tebble, Janet Baker, Beau Baker and Fran Cormican

Charlie Baker Award

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Intelect holds annual awards ceremony in memory of former employee, Charlie Baker.

To mark National Apprenticeship Week, Intelect were proud to celebrate the event by hosting their own internal apprenticeship awards ceremony in memory of former employee, Charlie Baker.

The internal award, which was launched back in 2015, was created to recognise the hard work and achievements of their apprentices, and is fittingly named the ‘Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award’, dedicated to the former employee who sadly passed away in 2014.

Throughout his time at Intelect, Charlie was a huge asset to the team, and often played a large part in the development of apprentices, taking many of them under his wing.

This year, Business Administration Apprentice, Ella Tebble won the coveted award, which was presented to her by Charlie’s wife, Janet and his son, Beau.

From left: John Thompson, Ella Tebble, Janet Baker, Beau Baker and Fran Cormican

Left to right: John Thompson, Ella Tebble, Janet Baker, Beau Baker and Fran Cormican

Ella is the first female to win the award and was delighted to have received it, saying, “Being awarded the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year award, has made me feel so much more confident in what I do and it’s shown me that people do believe in me.

“After leaving school, I was worried about how I would fit in to a working environment and the challenges and responsibilities I would face, but I can now say that I feel I have grown as a person thanks to the help of my team who have encouraged me every step of the way.

She continued, “they have taken me out of my comfort zone and have thrown me into situations which have allowed me to prove to myself that I am capable of achieving my goals, and they have actively taken the time to train me, which I am grateful for. I now look forward to finishing my apprenticeship and seeing what my future holds within the company”.

Alongside Ella, there were also two highly-commended awards presented at the event. Jordan Whelpton, Accounts Apprentice, and Callum Dale, Electrical Apprentice, also received an award for their hard work and efforts throughout the year.

Left to right: John Thompson, Ella Tebble Callum Dale and Fran Cormican

Left to right: John Thompson, Ella Tebble Callum Dale and Fran Cormican

Intelect Managing Director, Fran Cormican said, “It’s fantastic that we are able to welcome back Janet and her family to present the award again this year. Due to Covid, over the last couple of years we haven’t been able to host the awards in their usual fashion, but it’s great to be able to once again celebrate our apprentices, and Charlie’s memory, especially with it being National Apprenticeship Week”.

Apprenticeships have been the backbone of Intelect’s workforce since they launched their programme back in 1998, and since then over 100 apprentices have successfully qualified, with 54% of them still working for the company today.

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National Apprenticeship Week – Ella Tebble

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National Apprenticeship Week – Ella Tebble

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we are taking the opportunity to catch up with some of our apprentices and find out a little bit more about them, and their thoughts on apprenticeships…

Our second Q&A of the week is with Ella, this year’s winner of our Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award and our Business Administration apprentice.

Ella Tebble

Ella Tebble, this year’s winner of our Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year Award and our Business Administration apprentice.

Here’s what Ella had to say…

Name and apprenticeship

Ella Tebble – Level 3 Business Admin

What did you aspire to be when you were younger?

When I was younger, I always wanted to be a Beauty Therapist as I enjoy meeting new people and making them feel better about themselves.

Can you tell us a bit about your apprenticeship and what you do on a day-to-day basis?

On a day-to-day basis I answer the phones, manage relationships with subcontractors and suppliers, keep employee holidays and other databases up to date, and fulfil reception duties. I also book employee training courses and manage funding applications among other tasks.

How is your time split between hands on learning and theory/college?

I attend Middlesbrough College for 3.5 hours a week and the remaining 36.5 hours is hands on learning at the Intelect offices in Middlesbrough.

What do you like most about your apprenticeship?

I like that I am able to learn in a working environment, gain practical experience and I am also able to get support from my peers and mentors.

What’s been your biggest challenge so far in your apprenticeship?

My biggest challenge so far was stepping up from the school environment into a business working environment. After spending 5 years in secondary school with the comfort of my friends and other familiarities, I found it daunting coming into a new working environment and with new faces, but the team were really welcoming and I settled in quickly.

What advice would you give to other young people who were thinking about doing an apprenticeship?

I like the fact that I am gaining valuable work experience whilst obtaining a qualification. I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to other people.

Do you have any future career aspirations for when you’ve completed your apprenticeship?

Yes, I hope to take on a more senior role within the company.

Finally, how does it feel to be awarded the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year award?

Being awarded the Charlie Baker Apprentice of the Year award, has made me feel much more confident in what I do and it’s shown me that people do believe in me.

After leaving school, I was worried about how I would fit in to a working environment and the challenges and responsibilities I would face, but I can now say that I feel I have grown as a person thanks to the help of my team who have encouraged me every step of the way.

They have taken me out of my comfort zone and have thrown me into situations which have allowed me to prove to myself that I am capable of achieving my goals. They have actively encouraged me, and took the time to train me, which I am grateful for, and I now look forward to finishing my apprenticeship and seeing what my future holds within the company.

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North East Business Award for Manufacturing

Intelect win Manufacturing Award at North East Business Awards

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Intelect win their regional heat at the North East Business Awards

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Intelect Mechanical

Another win for our fantastic employees, this time it's a big thanks to our 'Mechanical' team, bringing home the 'Manufacturing Award' for the Teesside region of the 2020 North East Business Awards.

North East Business Award for Manufacturing

The North East Business Awards toast success, celebrate achievement and highlight successful and innovative businesses doing fantastic things right here in the North East. They shine a light on companies large and small, new and established, and remind us that the North East is a great place to live, work and do business.

Steve Gent company Director of Intelect Mechanical said “It’s great to receive this award, it gives some verification that all the years of hard work are being noted by significant people within our industry. We take immense pride in our hard working staff, serving our growing loyal customer base.”

Kirsten O'Brien presents the Teesside heat of the North East Business Awards

John Thompson attended the Zoom awards ceremony on behalf of Intelect

This years awards were conducted 'virtually', however Director & Company Secretary, John Thompson wasn't going to miss out on a chance to get dressed up for the occassion.

John was pleased to receive the award on behalf of Intelect, giving special credit to the 'Mechanical' team and their hard work, which undoubtedly contributed to us winning this award.

As a result of winning their regional heats, Intelect,  Bedmax, and Sotech were all entered into the 2020 Grand Final of North East Business Awards for Manufacturing. Despite a valiant effort from our team, we would like to offer our congratulations to Bedmax who took the honours this time.
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All set for the North East Business Awards on Zoom tonight .

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Intelect receives International Safety Award

International Safety Award

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International Safety Award

Intelect receives International Safety Award

All four Intelect businesses have been awarded International Safety Award with a Merit from the British Safety Council.

Now in their 62nd year, the International Safety Awards recognise and celebrate organisations from around the world which have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the scheme’s independent judges their commitment to preventing workplace injuries and work-related ill health during the previous calendar year. The awards also recognise organisations that have shown commitment to well-being and mental health at work.

Since its foundation in 1957, the British Safety Council has campaigned tirelessly to protect workers from accidents, hazards and unsafe conditions, and played a decisive role in the political process that has led to the adoption of landmark safety legislation in the UK. Its members in more than 60 countries are committed to protecting and improving the well-being of workers, believing that a healthy and safe work environment is also good for business.

Nathan Jones, QHSE Manager of Intelect, commented: “We are very proud of this year’s bids the scores have been significantly improved and reflect the investment of the past year."

This year also sees one of the Intelect team, Charlie Schumm, nominated for Young Health and Safety Champion of the Year’ award, results of which follow later this month.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Intelect on their success in winning an International Safety Award 2020 with a Pass: “The British Safety Council commends Intelect on their achievement. The award is in recognition of their commitment and efforts to keep their employees and workplaces free of injury and ill health.

“The vision of the British Safety Council is that no-one should be injured or made ill through work – anywhere in the world. Realising it requires more than legislation; people committed to health and safety, and increasingly also to workplace wellbeing, make it a reality and inspire others to create workplaces that are a key force for good.

“The long list of winners of the International Safety Awards, demonstrates that an increasing number of companies recognise that sensible and proportionate management of health and safety risks is a business enabler, benefiting employees, organisations and society as a whole. By celebrating the achievements of the 509 winners of the 2020 International Safety Awards and 62 years of improving health and safety standards around the world, we encourage other organisations to follow their lead and place employees’ health and safety at the heart of their business.”
“Our warmest congratulations to Intelect. All of those working at Intelect should be rightly proud of their achievement.”

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ECITB Training and Development Awards

Intelect receive national award for their dedication to training and development

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Intelect receive national award for their dedication to training and development

ECITB Training and Development Awards

(Left to right) Representative from Wood - Sponsor of the Award. John Thomson, Intelect Director. Fran Cormican, Intelect Managing Director. Rob Bell, TV Presenter and Host of the Evening.

Intelect were crowned ‘SME Company of the Year’ at the ECITB Training and Development Awards 2019, which took place at the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel in London on Thursday 31st October.

Over 180 people from across the nation gathered together at the awards to celebrate the successes of both individuals and companies from the engineering construction industry, with multiple nominees hailing from the Teesside region.

Facing fierce competition from both Aquaterra Energy and Beck and Pollizter Engineering, Intelect were delighted to hear their name announced as winner of the category.

Managing Director, Fran Cormican and Director, John Thompson were at the event to accept the award, and were thrilled to walk away victorious.

Fran said, “We are delighted to have been named SME Company of the Year for training and development, to be nominated alone was a great achievement for us! For over 20 years we have continuously invested in the youth of Teesside through our apprenticeship and training programmes and it’s great to receive recognition for that.

It’s vitally important that we continue to fly the flag for Teesside and raise awareness of the opportunities that are available here. This will ensure that our region has a workforce for the future and can continue to prosper”, he continued.

Intelect were nominated for the award by the ECITB for their dedication to apprenticeships and the development of their programme over the years.

Chris Claydon, Chief Executive of the ECITB, said: “Intelect represent all that is great about training and development in engineering construction and I’d like to thank them for their contribution to the wider success of our industry.”

The award comes as one of many that Intelect have received this year for their dedication to training and apprenticeships.

Earlier in the year they won the ‘Apprenticeship’ award at the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards, and at the end of November they will be representing the North East again at the National Apprenticeship Awards, following their victory at the Regional Heats as ‘SME Employer of the Year’.

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Intelect welcomes new intake of apprentices as they are crowned winner of prestigious award

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Intelect welcomes new intake of apprentices as they are crowned winner of prestigious award

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Anthony Knowles, from the Education and Skills Funding Agency. Lily Brothwood, Intelect, Junior Marketing Manager. John Thompson, Intelect, Director. Tony Pitchford, from the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Middlesbrough-based engineering company, Intelect have once again been highlighted for their successful apprenticeship programme, after being crowned regional winner of the SME Employer of the Year category at the prestigious North East National Apprenticeship Awards.

Former apprentice and now Intelect Director, John Thompson was thrilled to accept the award on behalf of the company and said: “Intelect are extremely honored to have receive this award and to be recognised for the work we do when it comes to developing our apprentices. Our apprenticeship programme is the backbone of our recruitment strategy, and I would highly recommend apprenticeships to all employers.”

Entering their 16th year, the National Apprenticeship Awards celebrates the achievements of both apprentices, and employers with the aim of championing apprenticeships across England to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT sponsors this category in the National Apprenticeship Awards because it recognises the significant role of SME’s within apprenticeships across all occupations and sectors. All businesses and individuals experience the impact of technology and the importance of digital skills are just as critical for SMEs as for any large organisation.

The success comes in the same week that Intelect welcomed its first intake of apprentices for 2019, following a victorious year of other prestigious award wins, including the Apprenticeship Award at the North East Business Awards.

For over 20 years, apprenticeships have been at the heart of Intelect’s work force, encouraging growth and productivity in an industry that has seen an increased skills shortage over the years.

The businesses continued commitment to apprenticeships is championed by its four founding Director’s, all of whom were apprentice electricians in their early careers. They understand the value apprenticeships bring to the business, as well as the apprentice as an individual, as it gives them the chance to learn advanced skills through specialised on-the-job training.

Intelect has always operated a ‘Train to Retain’ ethos, and in the last five years has seen a retention rate of 91% of its apprentices. This year they welcomed their largest intake of apprentices, employing a total of eight new recruits across a range of sectors within the business, including Accountancy, Health and Safety and numerous Engineering roles.

As well as their commitment internally, Intelect continue to be an ambassador for apprenticeships within the wider community too, working with local schools and organisations to promote the opportunities our region has to offer. Most recently, they became a Corporate Partner to the High Tide Foundation, a charity that provides life changing work experience opportunities to local aspiring students.

Director, John Thompson added:

“We have continuously invested in the young people of the North East over the last 21 years, and in turn, it has allowed us to expand and grow our business in very demanding times. We are very much looking forward to representing the North East in the upcoming national finals”, he continued.

Intelect will now go on to represent the North East at the National Apprenticeship Awards Final in London on Wednesday 27th November, where they will be up against eight other regions from across England.

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Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

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Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

North East Business Awards 2019

Managing Director, Fran Cormican and Director, John Thompson

North East Business Awards 2019

Overall winner of the ‘Apprenticeship Award’

Intelect were celebrating last month, after triumphing at the Grand Final of the North East Business Awards 2019, being crowned overall winner of the ‘Apprenticeship Award’.

The event took place at Hardwick Hall Hotel, near Sedgefield, and saw over 600 members of the regions business community gathered together to celebrate a successful year of business in the North East.

The night was a culmination of three regional heats, which took place in the months leading up to the event, where the winner of each of the three heats was sent through to the final.

Intelect were one of only two Teesside businesses to be crowned winners on the night, with fellow Middlesbrough based business, UK Pods taking home two trophies, ‘Newcomer of the Year’, and the ‘Services Award’.

Judges from the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personal Development) were impressed with Intelect, when they heard how much time and investment they had committed to apprentices over the last 20 years.

Intelect triumphed the likes of well-known companies, Hays Travel and EGGER Ltd, both of whom have exceptional apprenticeship programmes.

Managing Director, Fran Cormican and Director, John Thompson were there to accept the award on the evening, and were thrilled to be recognised for their dedication to apprenticeships.

After accepting the award, Fran Cormican said, “Apprenticeships have been at the heart of our business since 1997, and continue to be to this day.

“Our ethos, ‘train to retain’ has allowed us to effectively grow our own workforce over the past 20 years, and our apprentices have brought a wealth of diversity and innovation to our business” he continued.

Other winners on the night included, Beamish, Living Museum of the North, The Wheel Company and Tharsus Group, who were crowned Company of the Year.

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