A manufacturer of safety and fire protection products from the borough has picked up two regional awards.
North Shields based AIS, was named SME Exporter and Overall Exporter of the Year at the North East Exporter Awards.
The firm took the trophies at an awards ceremony at Ramside Hall in County Durham, where judges heard how AIS has experienced an 80 per cent growth year-on-year with 70 per cent of its manufacturing output being exported to 30 countries worldwide.
Owner Paul Stonebanks said: “We are delighted to have scooped not one but two prestigious awards. Our success is increasingly being recognised by the wider business community and this is the latest in a long line of awards for AIS.”