Royal seal of approval as business lands top award

Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear, Susan Winfield OBE, formally handed over the Queen's Award for Enterprise to Paul Stonebanks, managing director of AIS, after a tour of the facilities. Picture by Jane Coltman.

Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne & Wear, Susan Winfield OBE, formally handed over the Queen's Award for Enterprise to Paul Stonebanks, managing director of AIS, after a tour of the facilities. Picture by Jane Coltman.

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An award-winning offshore manufacturer and training provider has been given a Royal seal of approval.

North Shields-based AIS have been formally presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – the world’s most prestigious business accolade.

It is a huge honour to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which is widely recognised as the world’s most prestigious business title

Paul Stonebanks

Her Majesty The Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Susan Winfield OBE handed over the award to managing director Paul Stonebanks after taking a tour of the company’s state-of-the-art offshore training village and manufacturing facility.

The award is in recognition of the company’s phenomenal business success in the UK and overseas, growing by 120 per cent over the last three years, creating more than 100 new jobs around the world.

Mrs Winfield said: “I’m delighted to hand over this award to AIS which is richly deserved.

“My warmest congratulations to the entire team at AIS.

“After a tour of the fantastic site, it’s clear so much has been achieved in just eight years. Everyone working at AIS should be extremely proud as they have all played their part in the company’s outstanding success.”

Mr Stonebanks said: “It is a huge honour to receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise, which is widely recognised as the world’s most prestigious business title.

“At AIS we are constantly striving for innovative and better ways to solve industrial challenges and work closely with clients to develop bespoke solutions.

“This has helped us to create an extensive and diverse range of world-class products and services all aimed at helping improve safety and competency, as well as profitability and productivity.”

“Having our achievements recognised at the highest levels of business is fantastic news.

“This Award is also testament to our extremely talented and hard-working team who have helped make AIS the phenomenal success story it is today.”

AIS works closely with the global energy, maritime and heavy industry sectors to find innovative solutions to common problems such as how to reduce costs, improve safety and competence and overcome skills shortages.

The company has also created a £10m world-renowned training village which delivers more than 120 industry courses to 17,500 delegates annually in skills such as sea survival, working at height, wind industry training, rigging and lifting, rope access, painting and blasting and CompEx electrical.

For more information on AIS contact 0844 800 1810 or visit www.aisgroup.co.uk