Elaine Maslin, 10th December 2012
NOF Energy, the business support organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables, has recognised the stars of the industry at its annual awards dinner.
The sell-out event at the Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, county Durham, celebrated the energy sectors’ success stories and rewarded a number of outstanding achievements at both company and individual level.
Winning two awards was Phusion, formerly known as Pearson Harper, a Billingham-based company that provides engineering information management services, consultancy and hosted software solutions.
It picked up the company of the year and international business award, for its innovation, significant growth in international markets over the past 12 months and the company’s ability to adapt to handle future expectations in the industry.
OSBIT Power, a Northumberland-based company that provides innovative engineering solutions in offshore markets, collected the innovation and technology award.
Judges acknowledged that OSBIT had researched the market to identify a clear innovation opportunity, had developed a robust, but unique, solution to a real industry problem and had overcome significant problems during the development process before receiving clear endorsement from industry leaders.
James Watmore of Darchem Engineering, an engineering company based at Stillington, Stockton-On-Tees, won the award for the best new talent.
James, who completed an advanced apprenticeship and trained as a welder/fabricator at South West Durham, had already gained national recognition in the sector as nuclear apprentice and supply chain apprentice of the year.
He is now a manufacturing engineer at Darchem Engineering and is to continue his academic studies through higher education.
The judging panel were particularly impressed with his work to promote opportunities for apprentices within the company, his regular participation at recruitment events and his new role as an apprenticeship ambassador.
The new award for energy sector Diversification was won by DeepOcean, a provider of safe, high quality, innovative services and technologies for the subsea industry.
DeepOcean won the title for its strong strategic commitment to diversification, could demonstrate strong turnover, profit, employment and investment benefits and had a clear understanding of the future market opportunities and how their experience and technology could set them apart from their competitors.
Alex Hayward, managing director of Phusion, said: “We are delighted to have won two titles and it is a special honour to be named company of the year.
“It reflects the skills and innovations we have developed, together with the hard work and commitment of our dedicated team.”
George Rafferty, chief executive of NOF Energy, said: “The energy sector supply chain is a jewel in the crown of British industry and the UK economy. The NOF Energy awards recognise the continuing excellence being demonstrated by companies within the supply chain, both within the UK and internationally, as well as the innovative approaches to meeting the technical and commercial challenges of a truly global industry and rightly celebrates these achievements.
“The NOF energy annual awards and dinner is one of the most anticipated events in the energy sector calendar. Thanks to our headline sponsors, Wilton Group, MTE and Ward Hadaway, together with the support of our members, everyone had a wonderful evening celebrating our exceptional and innovative industry.”