Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

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.

Triumph for Intelect at the North East Business Awards Grand Final

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.

Martin Heywood and Phill Bodsworth

£1m in contracts for Middlesbrough firm – after it becomes one first to adopt new safety rules

Martin Heywood and Phill Bodsworth

Martin Heywood and Phill Bodsworth

But Intelect Engineering bosses have warned the risks of other firms ignoring new legislation are "significant"

A Teesside engineering firm has won a string of contracts worth more than £1m - after becoming one of the first in the North-east to adopt strict industry safety rules.

Intelect Engineering, part of the Middlesbrough-based Intelect Group, says the orders have led to a “significant” boom in business that could trigger more expansion and jobs.

The company invested £70,000 towards accreditation under the new CE Marking of Structural Steelwork regulations.

They claim their outlay is already starting to pay off - but bosses have warned other companies to get to grips with the new legislation or risk falling foul of the law.

Intelect Engineering’s director, Phill Bodsworth, said the latest contracts had been secured on the back of the company’s recent accreditation following a successful audit for the new rules, which came into effect last year.

The regulations are not guidelines but law, and any company found operating outside the legislation will be liable for prosecution.

Aimed at reducing the risk of accident and injury to people working on or around steelwork structures, the legislation is seen as a “much-needed wake-up call” by many in the construction and engineering industries, according to Phill.

He said: “Intelect has always operated to its own strict standards as well as those required by the industry but we felt it was absolutely vital to achieve this new accreditation.

“We needed to invest £70,000 in training and new equipment to be awarded the BS EN 1090 under the Construction Products Regulations 2011 but as we can see it is already paying significant dividends.”

Intelect’s senior design engineer, Martin Heywood, who led the programme resulting in the successful certification, said: “Not every fabricator is aware of the new regulations, introduced by the EU, or has taken the necessary steps to be certified. The implications for those who remain unaware or who ignore the regulations are significant.”

Intelect’s latest contract wins are all for leading UK food industry clients at premises in Yorkshire and include three mezzanines totalling £600,000, plus a further £400,000 in the installation of associated plant and equipment.

Phill added: “We are sure the new accreditation played a big role in our securing these latest contracts and we are now in a position to move ahead with our expansion plans.”

Article reproduced from Gazette Live.

JN Bentley award

Subcontractor Performance Award

JN Bentley award

This is the fifth year running Intelect have achieved this award issued by one of the leading privately owned construction companies in the UK.

Extract taken from the letter we received with our award

It is crucial that JN Bentley fulfils its vision and remains the 'first choice' partner for clients and subcontractors, and to do this we depend on the trusted relationships we have established with our supply chain.

Every year we review the performance of our subcontractors and recognise the efforts of those who have scored highly.


This score signals outstanding performance, and ranks you amongst the top 25% of all JN Bentley subcontractors for the year.

I'm pleased to enclose a certificate confirming your status in JN Bentley's top 25% for 2014, and I should be very grateful if you would pass on our thanks to everyone involved in fulfilling these orders - you should all be proud of your performance.

To put your success in context, in 2014 we used 443 subcontract suppliers and conducted nearly 2,000 Performance Reports. The average score for all suppliers was 1.93, the highest score we have achieved since reporting began in 2004. The percentage of suppliers who scored better than good (a mark of 2) was down slightly down on 2013, but for the sixth year running was greater than 50%.

Your performance in 2014 yielded an excellent score and we're very much looking forward to working in partnership with you throughout 2015 and beyond. Whilst there are increasing signs of economic improvement, client demands remain as high as ever, but by working together we can provide the standards which will continue to make us first choice.

One specific area that remains important is supplier engagement. Last year we had some great successes in this area, and in 2015 we will work together to ensure the supply chain understand what we need from you - and will listen so that we provide you with what you need.

Health and safety remains top priority too - it is important that the level of reporting of unsafe acts and conditions from subcontractors continues to improve because reporting incidents is a proven way of preventing more serious incidents from occurring and keeping our sites safe.

We're looking forward to strengthening our relationship with our supply chain throughout 2015, and if you have any queries, or if you would like to discuss our performance reporting system and the standards we have set for our suppliers, please feel free to give me a call.

Once again, thank you for your on-going support and many congratulations.

Yours faithfully,

David Bentley

Download the complete letter and award received from JN Bentley.

Intelect supports Scope

Intelect supports Scope

Intelect supports Scope

Intelect supports Scope

Peter Majer became part of the Intelect team in 2013 as a project engineer. Peter has twin sons, one of which was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 2.

Peter and his family found SCOPE an invaluable source of support and information. When Intelect heard of the news, we wanted to support him and his family by raising money for SCOPE.

Throughout 2014 the fundraising included holding a golf day, and running blind cards. Intelect in total raised £1,200. To present the money, we invited Rachel Atkinson, a representative of SCOPE to meet Peter and his family.

“It’s always good to meet the families who benefit from the services we provide at SCOPE. We are always grateful for all donations, as they allow us to continue providing our services. Our vision is a world where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.”

If you wish to donate to SCOPE, please click the link:

A letter of thanks from Scope.

Intelect opens Edison house

Opening of Edison House Opening

Intelect opens Edison house

Ray Mallon, former Mayor of Middlesbrough, opoensEdison House

One of Middlesbrough’s business success stories of the past decade, the Intelect Group, was given a glowing tribute by the Mayor, Ray Mallon, as he officially opened the latest phase of the company’s Riverside Park headquarters.

As he addressed Directors, guests and staff after opening Edison House, Intelect’s third workshop and office complex, the Mayor praised the company for its dynamic approach, its ambition and its commitment to apprenticeships.

The Intelect Group consists of four companies providing a range of specialist electrical and mechanical engineering and machine services to major projects throughout the United Kingdom. In the past year, the workforce has risen by more than 30 to around 160 and placements have been created for more than 20 apprentices.

Mr Mallon, who also opened Intelect’s phase 2, Whitworth House, just over a year ago, said: “During the past year, Intelect has gone from strength to strength, even though we are experiencing a period of uncertainty generally in our country’s economic climate.

“However, even though we are faced with issues over inflation, oil prices and the Eurozone, it does not mean that our economic climate has to be paralysed. Companies that have the right ethos, the right ideas, are still forging ahead and Intelect is one of those organisations.

“Here, we have a company with a strong work ethos. They are ambitious and have a well educated, skilled workforce. Their apprentices are their future. Intelect is setting the example to other companies, an example I would advise them to follow”.

Intelect’s Managing Director, Mr Fran Cormican, said: “The Group is committed to its long-term investment programme to provide state-of-the-art premises, the latest technology and equipment and the best possible training for our team.

“Edison House is the third unit to be completed on our site at Riverside Park and will house our control panel work workshop. As this activity is transferred it will free up space in our other two units to enable us to keep pace with the demands of a very healthy order book”.

He also paid tribute to the company’s bankers, NatWest, and to One North East in helping to make Intelect a successful, Middlesbrough-based business.