Paul selected for national business title

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 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.

A BOSS of a borough engineering company has been shortlisted in a prominent award.

Paul Stewart, managing director of Chirton Engineering, has been selected as a finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year category at the British Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Paul, who will represent the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) at the event, has helped lead an engineering revolution on Tyneside since launching his business in 2003.

His firm is a sub-contractor of engineering components, operating in the field of offshore oil and gas manufacturing, while Paul has also pioneered an apprenticeship training programme.

NECC 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 is a perfect example of why the region’s engineering sector is so revered and it is my hope that his outstanding contribution is recognised on the national stage at the finals in London.”

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.”