Family firm is in with a chance of an awards double

A MORPETH-BASED garage equipment supplier has been short-listed for two prestigious accolades.

The finalists for the People’s Choice and Overall Family Business of the Year Award at Family Business United’s national ceremony in June include Gott Technical Services, which has its headquarters in Coopies Lane.

It is also up for the Northern Family Business of the Year Award, the other firms in the running include J Barbour and Sons Ltd and Helen McArdle Care. The winners will be determined by a judging panel of experts.

The short-listing marks an important milestone for director Ian Gott, who is looking to expand the service area of Gott Technical Services in 2014 and further establish its offering within the North West region.

The company supplies, services and maintains MOT and body shop equipment to the car service and vehicle repair industry and it currently has more than 500 active clients – from small garages to large multi-site motor retail groups.

Mr Gott said: “We’re delighted to have been short-listed for these awards, especially alongside the strong calibre of businesses in the running. We’re the only garage equipment supplier to make the cut so we’re hoping to rally as much support in the industry as possible for our nomination.

“We’re proud to be a family business and the family ideal is still very much at the heart of what we do – we’ve remained committed to our relationships with smaller, independent garages as well as working with several multi-site groups.”

Family Business United provides a resource hub for the family business sector and it also produces a magazine.