North East construction firms are celebrating after taking home top industry accolades.
Sunderland electrical contractor, McNally & Thompson, and Durham construction business, Esh Group, were among the winners at the 2016 Constructing Excellence in the North East awards, which were held at the Newcastle Marriott Hotel in Gosforth Park last week.
The two firms were commended for their achievements in employment, training and staff development, scooping the SME of the Year and Leadership & People Development Awards respectively.
Over the past few years, McNally & Thompson has gone from strength to strength by investing in training and upskilling its workforce as well as recruiting new apprentices. The electrical firm is also keen to support the local community and was among the companies that helped the BBC’s DIY SOS team to build a house in Houghton for a mum recovering from a rare disease.
Fred Hood, managing director at McNally & Thompson (pictured above with award presenter Keith Bishop of Muckle LLP), said: “As an electrical contractor, it’s crucial for us to be recognised for the pivotal role we play in the construction industry as a whole and, in particular, here in the North East.
“But it’s even more special to be commended for the effort we put into making sure we’re not only great at what we do, but a fantastic firm to work for.”
With the opening of its impending new training facility, Esh Group aims to employ over 150 apprentices along with the 120 they currently employ. Staff development is extremely important to the company and they have 12 dedicated training managers focusing on this.
Other winners included Natacha Redon from Sunderland private housing firm, Identity Consult, who won Young Achiever, whilst the Fulwell Sound Mirror project won the Heritage Award.
The event also raised over £3,000 for the Lighthouse Clubhouse Charity.