A construction firm welcomed a special guest as staff celebrated being named the borough’s top business.
Mayor Norma Redfearn was joined by officials from North Tyneside Council on a visit Owen Pugh’s head office in Dudley to meet some of the 420-strong workforce.
The visit followed Owen Pugh being named North Tyneside Business of the Year at the recent North Tyneside Business Awards.
During the visit Mrs Redfearn heard about the history of the group together with current and future developments.
She said: “Owen Pugh Group are a real asset to North Tyneside, and have made a significant contribution to the borough over the last 70 years.
“Their positive approach during tough economic times is inspirational, as is their commitment to staff.
“Their high quality apprenticeships and their practice of offering jobs and training to disadvantaged and hard-to-reach groups truly sets them apart.”
Owen Pugh, which offers a range of construction and building-related services including demolition, landscaping, roads, bridges, land reclamation, plant hire, aggregates and training, was also named the winner of the Construction Business Award category at the awards.
Their portfolio of work in the locality includes a project to demolish old commercial units at Clifford’s Fort on the Fish Quay in North Shields and the subsequent reinstatement of the buildings working closely with archaeologists to maintain the look of the listed 17th century structure.
Chairman John Dickson said: “We were delighted to welcome Mrs Redfearn and other council officials to our Dudley headquarters on the back of the award win, of which we’re incredibly proud.
“As a company we have a growing presence across the north east and beyond, however we are very firmly rooted in North Tyneside and will continue to invest in our facilities and workforce here and to support the communities on our doorstep, creating further employment opportunities for local people in the process.”