A BUSINESS has announced plans to create 10 new jobs in the next few jobs after a record year of growth.

Darlington-based Stone Technical Services (STS) is undergoing a management restructure to allow for its expansion in 2020, with plans to grow the business by £1.6m.

Current managing director, Dave Stone, will become chief executive while Richard Pavlou, who is STS’s business development manager, has been promoted to managing director.

Dave’s brother, Grahame- who he established the business with 20 years ago- remains a director.

In addition, Paul Tinkler and Luke Stone have been promoted and Garry Donald re-joins the business as assistant contracts managers.

Craig Jenkins will also be promoted becoming the company’s project manager.

STS, which marked its 20th anniversary last year, had a record year of growth, with turnover increasing by more than 10 ten per cent, to £3.4m.

STS has recruited three apprentices and is currently recruiting stonemasons and construction operatives to add to its 50-strong team at its headquarters in Kellaw Road.

Dave Stone said: “This restructure is an important step for STS as I take on a more client-focused role and manage a range of exciting projects. It’s great to be able to promote staff that have been with us many years and shown us commitment so big congratulations to all.”

STS works with organisations including INEOS, English Heritage, the National Trust, councils and churches across the UK, St Paul's Cathedral, the Lambton Estate in County Durham and York Museum's Trust.