A BUSINESSMAN is hoping to seal the deal after being nominated for an award.
Gavin Richardson, who runs Opus Building Services, has been nominated as a potential Entrepreneur of the Year.
The accolade, sponsored by consumer products company JML Group, is part of the Pride of South Tyneside Awards.
Mr Richardson, a father-of-two, began his career as an electrical apprentice in 1997.
The 39-year-old launched his own company in 2006, and it has since grown steadily.
The company, based in Boldon, now employs 65 people.
Mr Richardson launched a second business, Opus Green, in 2010.
Opus has so far seen the development of 16 apprentices and adult trainees.
Since completing a masters degree in business administration in 2011, Mr Richardson has taken on two additional, unpaid non-executive roles.
He was elected to the main board of trustees for the Chartered Manager Institute (CMI), a source of professional management courses, in 2013.
He also holds a role for specialist insurance companies ECIH, ECIC and ECIC.
Opus Building Services are a leading contractor of mechanical and electrical engineering services across a wide range of sectors.
It aims to provide innovative, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable mechanical and electrical engineering solutions for clients.
Mr Richardson said: “It’s fantastic to be nominated for this award.
“Opus spends a lot of time in South Tyneside, and it’s a great place to grow a business.
“It’s fantastic to be in a position where I can offer employment to others.”