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Bringing Aycliffe Business Park Together | 27 Teesside’s only business magazine! Business. Serving the Teesside Business Community www.teesbusiness.co.uk | info@teesbusiness.co.uk | ISSUE 4: WINTER 2015 COMPLIMENTARY YASMIN KHAN Halo Project’s Tees Angel MACKENZIE THORPE We are people of steel HARRY PEARSON Teesside author writes exclusively for Tees Business By Martin Walker HIGH FLYER Tees businessman outlines ambitious flight path... PROF BRIAN COX So much can STEM from new Tees centre ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: WILTON CENTRE / APPLIED INTEGRATION / MIDDLESBROUGH COLLEGE / SABIC MIDDLESBROUGH FOOTBALL CLUB / MIDAS / PD PORTS / CORNERSTONE BUSINESS SOLUTIONS ENDEAVOUR PARTNERSHIP / VINTAGE FINANCIAL PLANNERS / UK STEEL ENTERPRISE PLUS all the latest news from the business communities of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland and Hartlepool OFFICIAL MEDIA PARTNERS: Gregg Little Testing Centre mechanic Luke Reynolds (right), who has been mentored by senior technician Norman Travers (left), was named Aycliffe Apprenticeship of the Year at the Make Your Mark business awards. Young mechanic Luke secures senior role after winning top award Young mechanic Luke Reynolds has won a senior role with local garage Gregg Little Testing Centre after being awarded Aycliffe Business Park’s Apprenticeship of the Year award. Circulated to the business communities of Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Redcar & Cleveland, Stokesley, Wynyard, Sedgefiel d and Yarm every quarter. We’re now working on issue 6, due out late May, with space available from £245 (quarter page), £395 (half page) and £695 (full page). Call: 01642 450255 Email: info@teesbusiness.co.uk www.teesbusiness.co.uk /TeesBusiness @Tees_Business The teenager beat off competition from apprentices at the likes of Gestamp Tallent and Hitachi Rail Europe to scoop the accolade at the Make Your Mark business awards event, held at the Xcel Centre in February. And it came as a double celebration as the 19-year-old Newtonian was handed a permanent role as technician and transport manager with the Aycliffe family-run firm after completing his apprenticeship. The Make Your Mark judges singled Luke out after being impressed by his attitude in taking on parenthood as well as work. Luke and his partner Emily have two children – Tyler and Dylan – and he was unable to pick up his award on the night as he wanted to look after one who was poorly. “What’s impressed us most about Luke has been his dedication to work and family life at such a young age,” said Gregg Little Testing Centre’s business development manager Emma Little. “For someone so young, to take on such a big commitment, is really admirable. He’s really committed and motivated and grown up really quickly, and he’s a really big asset to the business. “He’s now a fully-qualified and competent mechanic who knows what he’s talking about, and we’re very proud of what he’s achieved.” Luke started working for Gregg Little Testing Centre two days a week when he was still at school as part of a training programme before starting his apprenticeship three years ago. “I really like working here,” he said. “It’s enjoyable and every day is different. “I didn’t know Emma had put me in for an award so I was really pleased when I found out.” Meanwhile, other winners at the Make Your Mark awards night included Tekmar Energy, which won the Export award. CEO James Ritchie said: “This is more appreciated particularly because the offshore markets is going through some really tough times and challenges, but with the support of our staff, suppliers and developing collaborations with key clients we have continued to grow and strengthen the business.” Beaumont Grounds Maintenance won the Service Business of the Year award, and MD Alex Lineton said: “We are all delighted to have won this award on such a competitive business park. “The park in going from strength to strength and we are proud to be associated and we enjoy being part of the journey.” Newton Press won the Heart of the Community award, and founder Syd Howarth said: “We’re proud to receive the award as it confirms how well the family business and the service it provides is appreciated.”