Boss wins top business gong

Paul Stonebanks, managing director of Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS).
Paul Stonebanks, managing director of Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS).

A company boss has been named ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at a prestigious ceremony.

Paul Stonebanks, MD of North Shields’-based Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS), scooped one of the top individual business prizes at the Insider Media North East Dealmaker Awards.

Paul started AIS in 2007 and has seen it grow to manufacture, supply and instal bespoke insulation products for the oil and gas industry.

Paul said: “I feel extremely honoured to have been awarded this prestigious title. It’s the icing on the cake of what has been a fantastic year for AIS.

“We are continuing to push the envelope of achievement, as well as cementing the north east’s global reputation for world-leading products.

“But these achievements aren’t down to just one man – I’ve got a very talented and hard-working team behind me.”

“They have all helped make AIS the phenomenal success story it is today.

“This award is as much for them as it is for me and I want to thank the entire AIS team – along with the Dealmaker voters – for their support and this very flattering accolade.”

Philip Cunliffe, Insider Media’s regional business editor, said: “The Entrepreneur of the Year Award is the only one presented to a non-adviser at the Dealmakers Awards.

“We had some truly exceptional business leaders on the shortlist but Paul Stonebanks really stands out as one of the best there is.

“What he has achieved, and continues to achieve, for AIS and the region, is truly inspirational.”