Firm building a community legacy

Student of the Year Caroline Mc Carroll pictured with her award and Daniel Robinson at last nights presentation event thet was held at the Hartlepool College of Further Education.. Picture by Tom Collins.
Student of the Year Caroline Mc Carroll pictured with her award and Daniel Robinson at last nights presentation event thet was held at the Hartlepool College of Further Education.. Picture by Tom Collins.
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FAMILY firm Gus Robinson Developments is fully behind the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool Awards.

The established Hartlepool company is again sponsoring the Student of the Year category in the Mail’s annual awards.

New Gus Robinson Developments’ chairman Dan Robinson is determined to continue forging the community spirit that his late dad Gus, who passed away in November last year, developed over many decades and sees the pride awards as the perfect platform.

He said that Gus Robinson Developments, which provides a wide portfolio of building, mechanical and civil engineering services, has always been very supportive of the people of Hartlepool and the Mail’s Pride of Hartlepool awards is an excellent initiative.

He said: “It has always been our ethos to reward and celebrate achievement in the company so we are delighted to be able to extend that support to the wider public through our backing of these community awards which recognise those exceptional individuals and groups within Hartlepool.

“We know from our own workforce that there are some amazing and dedicated people who are proud to live and work in Hartlepool.

“We are delighted to be able to help the Hartlepool Mail highlight those in the town that go the extra mile to help others and make Hartlepool the fantastic place that it is.

“This is the second year we have supported the awards ceremony, and we are again sponsoring the Student of The Year category.

“It is only through our own commitment to both training and education that we continue to thrive and in doing so continue to support the people of Hartlepool.

“Only recently we were among the sponsors of Hartlepool College of Further Education Celebration of Success Awards, where one of our female plumbers won the Apprentice of the Year, Plumber of the Year and overall Student of the Year – true testament to what can be achieved by those who want to succeed.

“Among many others, the company is Investors in People accredited and Constructionline registered.

“Demonstrating our commitment to reducing our own impact on the environment, we also are proud to hold the ISO 14001, Environmental Management System standard.

“Gus Robinson Developments Ltd belongs to Hartlepool.

“Since the business was first established in 1975, we have focused extensively on being a people-centered organization that places great emphasis on our role within Hartlepool and the broader Tees Valley area.

“Through our local partnerships, we are committed to improving Hartlepool and the Tees Valley area by providing sustainable local employment, supporting local education and contributing to a sustainable built environment.

“We are one of the few company’s that still believe in the value of apprenticeship schemes.

“This is not driven by the need to achieve government targets, it is who we are, it is in our core DNA and we have adopted this approach for the past 37 years.

“Currently 22 per cent of our workforce are apprentices compared to a national average of seven per cent. We take great pride in what we have contributed to Hartlepool and our commitment to providing apprenticeships clearly demonstrates this.”

The Pride of Hartlepool Awards are aimed at rewarding those unsung heroes who go the extra mile to transform the lives of others and make such a difference in the community.

We are giving you the opportunity to to nominate that special person who has made you proud.

Friends, family, workmates, neighbours and groups can put forward the people they know have made a difference.

The main event sponsor is leading waste management company Niramax which is backing the awards for the second year running.

Hartlepool College of Further Education played host to the inaugural event last year and this year the prestigious awards evening will be held in the plush, new campus.

The deadline for entries is Monday, February 13. Nomination forms can be downloaded from www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk or picked up from Mail reception, New Clarence House, Wesley Square, from the information kiosk inside Middleton Grange shopping centre or from the reception areas of Hartlepool College of Further Education or Hartlepool Sixth Form College.

Anyone wanting further information about the Pride of Hartlepool Awards should contact the Mail’s head of news, Paul Watson, on (01429) 239361 or email paul.watson@northeast-press.co.uk.