THE South Tyneside Business Awards 2013 was a night of double celebration for one of its business stalwarts, car dealer Vic Young.
His business in South Shields is a family one that has been a Nissan dealer for nearly 40 years.
Its portfolio has grown to include Vic Young Mobility and Northern Truck Bodies (NTB).
Over the years, it has built up a customer base of more than 15,000 businesses and individuals across South Tyneside and the UK.
As well as winning the award for being the borough’s best service company, Mr Young won a special award for his commitment to the local economy.
Afterwards, he admitted he was “moved” by the honours.
He said: “I’m really choked to have won these awards. Our business supports some 70 families.
“We look after people and have a 98 per cent retention rate of our customers.
“But these awards are not just for Vic Young, but about my great staff.
“We employ fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. We are a real family business.”