A construction firm walked away with another top award after a glittering ceremony held in London.
Hartlepool-based Gus Robinson Developments was awarded the Heart of the Community Business of the Year at the British Chamber of Commerce’s national awards in London last week.
The firm won the Teesside section of the North East Business Awards earlier this year before going on to take the regional gong in the North East finals held at Hardwick Hall, in Sedgefield.
Managing director Steve Bell said: “To win such a prestigious honour at a national level is an excellent achievement for us.
“We were delighted to win the regional stages of the competition, but to be awarded the overall national trophy at the British Chamber of Commerce’s National Awards is something we are very proud of and it is a great honour to everyone on our team.”
Gus Robinson Developments prides itself on its strong link-up with the local community, and has been involved in various projects in recent years including opening up its car park to help ease traffic problems with neighbours to setting up a gymnasium for local youngsters and helping organised Christmas parties for disadvantaged kids.
The company’s chairman Dan Robinson also set up a Foundation in his late father’s name which awards engineering and aeronautical scholarships to hard-working students at Hartlepool College of Further Education.
The citation for the latest success read: “Gus Robinson Developments, a national building and civil engineering contractor based in Hartlepool, wins the Business in the Community Award for delivering £25,000 annually through its Foundation which goes back into supporting the community.”
Nora Senior, president of the British Chamber of Commerce, said: “These awards are the perfect opportunity to thank British businesses, of different size and sector, for their contribution to the UK’s economy.
“I am constantly impressed by the determination, innovation, and the contribution business makes to their local communities.
“I look forward to seeing the winners and finalists of our awards continue to prosper, creating more jobs and opportunities for our nation.”
The event was held at The Brewery, in London, and was supported by DHL, BT Business, Qdos Consulting, NFU Mutual, Dell, The British Library, Composite legal Expenses and Sky News.
• Pictured (above, left to right): BBC Business Reporter Steph McGovern, Steve Bell, Chief Executive Gus Robinson Developments, Nora Senior, President of the British Chamber of Commerce, and Daniel Robinson, Chairman of Gus Robinson Developments.