A CONSTRUCTION firm has picked up two awards at an industry ceremony.

Gus Robinson Developments, in Hartlepool, received the SME of the year and leadership and people development honours at the Constructing Excellence in the North East Awards.

The firm was praised for its apprenticeship programme, which works to develop youngsters' skills, and judges were also impressed by its 80 workers' access to training and qualifications, social activities and an on-site gym.

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Dan Robinson, chairman, said: "We are absolutely delighted.

"To be shortlisted was a brilliant triumph, but to then win was such an honour.

"The SME of the year award is a brilliant reflection of the hard work and dedication of our staff.

"It signifies the huge strides we have made throughout the past few years, building awareness of our quality work and becoming a driving force in our industry.”