Four award-winning Stockton Borough companies have joined together with public sector leaders to say Stockton is a great place for business.
Odyssey Systems Ltd, Nifco UK, Visualsoft eCommerce and Nortech Solutions Ltd are all backing a recent survey which states Stockton is one of the 'top' places for business in the UK and hope their example will encourage other businesses to consider Stockton as a great place to invest.

The four businesses have also each scooped a prestigious North East Business Award at the high profile ceremony held last month.

Mike Odysseas, managing director at telecommunications firm Odyssey Systems, which was named overall winner of the Service category at the North East Business Awards, said: "As an entrepreneur who has based their company in Stockton for the past 26 years, I'm really not surprised the survey has shown the town has cultivated the country's second-best environment and infrastructure for business."

Mike Matthews, managing director at Nifco UK, the car parts manufacturer and winner of the 'Manufacturing Award' category, said: "Nifco is one of a number of Stockton success stories, and we're proud to be flying the flag for the Borough. The growth we have enjoyed over the course of the last few years has been incredible, and that is in no small part down to the skilled and hardworking people we have in this part of the world."

Tim Johnson, director at eCommerce and web development company, Visualsoft, and winner of the 'Internet and ICT category' said: 'Stockton has always been home for us - throughout the 15 years we've been in business, it's always accommodated our growth. We started off in a small office on Preston Farm with 6 staff, moved to Portrack Lane when we began our expansion, and we're now settling in to our new Head Office, Gloucester House which is located in Stockton town centre, which comfortably holds our 130 employees and gives us plenty of room for further expansion."

Bryan Bunn, managing director at Nortech, a multi-disciplined engineering design and project management company and winner of the 'Newcomer of the Year Award' category said: "One of the key factors in establishing Nortech in the Tees Valley was the excellent business infrastructure coupled with a proven highly skilled regional workforce."

Stockton Council leader, Councillor Bob Cook joined Stephen Catchpole, Tees Valley Unlimited managing director, and Neil Schneider, chief executive at Stockton Borough Council, to congratulate the businesses on their recent award success and their continued growth.

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