Offshore company on award shortlist

AIS managing director Paul Stonebanks.
AIS managing director Paul Stonebanks.

A leading offshore and renewables energy company is in the running for a top enterprise award.

North Shields-based AIS has been shortlisted in the Innovation category in the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for its forward-thinking and fresh approach to business.

AIS Technical designs manufactures and installs an award-winning range of insulation jacketing systems – which use materials developed by NASA to provide world-leading thermal, acoustic and passive fire protection (PFP) solutions.

In the past 12 months, AIS Training has invested more than £5m in state-of-the-art facilities such as a sea survival centre, onsite hotel and renewable energy campus.

Managing director Paul Stonebanks said: “It is a huge honour to be shortlisted for the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

“The spirit of innovation is at the heart of AIS and we are highly focussed on delivering the highest quality and most effective solutions to our global customers.”

“To be rewarded and recognised for this approach at the highest levels of business is extremely flattering.

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

“We are now looking forward to the winners being announced in April 2015.”

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