Construction firm GasTech Ltd welcomed a special guest when the Elected Mayor of North Tyneside paid a visit to congratulate staff at the firm’s headquarters on the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate after it was named the borough’s top business.

North Tyneside’s Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE, along with David Bavaird, Chair of North Tyneside Business Forum, paid a visit to GasTech’s unit to meet with some of the firm’s growing workforce and to get a first-hand insight into the business.

The visit follows GasTech being named North Tyneside Business of the Year 2017 at the recent North Tyneside Business Awards. The annual awards celebrate the huge contribution that businesses make to the local economy and how they make North Tyneside a great place to live, work and visit.

During the visit the Elected Mayor heard about the growth of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) manufacturer and installer, since its inception in 2005, the development of a pathway for adult learners in order to give them a skilled career and why the firm chose North Tyneside as a place to do business. The Elected Mayor was also given a tour of the facility on the trading estate.

Elected Mayor for North Tyneside, Norma Redfearn CBE, said: “GasTech Limited are a real asset to North Tyneside and have made a significant contribution to the local economy. Presenting them with the award back in November and visiting their premises really proves this.

“We discussed a range of topics during the visit but the main thing which impressed me was their commitment to the borough and the dedication to adult learning. Their approach to in-house training for employees in order to give adults a career path and a trade truly sets them apart.”

The company’s portfolio of work in the locality includes working with a number of the borough’s schools to provide HVAC systems and the development of a tool which allows them to effectively manage stock. The manufacturer and installer also picked up the Manufacturing and Construction Award at the recent award ceremony.

GasTech also picked up the SME of the Year Award at the Tyneside & Northumberland Heats of the North East Business Awards, they will go on to the Grand Finals in April.

Commenting on the visit, Managing Director Craig Firth, said: “We were delighted to welcome Norma to our facility on the back of our double award win, which we’re incredibly proud of.”

“The award has stood us in good stead going forward, as a company we have a growing presence across the North East and beyond. We are very firmly rooted in North Tyneside and will continue to invest in our facilities and growing workforce here, creating further upskilling and employment opportunities for local people in the process.”

North Tyneside Business Forum has also invited Mr Firth to join the Business Forum Management Group on the back of the award win. Mr Firth will be involved in the advising and setting of the strategic direction of the forum for 2018/19.

Membership of the Business Forum, for businesses with a trading address in North Tyneside, is free and includes attendance at events, opportunities for networking, consultation on local issues, dedicated communications to members and listing as a member on the directory.

Applications are now open for North Tyneside Business Awards 2018, please visit

Businesses in North Tyneside can join the forum for free by visiting where they can also sign up to events.

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