Quintet and garage meet gold standard

Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott with Benfield Technician Sean Brown
Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott with Benfield Technician Sean Brown

A Morpeth-based firm has rewarded a successful business and some impressive individuals, including a local talented technician, with accolades and an exciting prize.

After receiving a number of entries across the six categories, Gott Technical Services director Ian Gott and his team selected the winners of its second annual ‘Gott’s Golden Garages’ awards – designed to recognise skilled and dedicated workers and students as well as best practice throughout the automotive sector.

Dean Mavin of G.K. Jackson & Sons, based in Morpeth, was named Best Technician for his 33 years’ committed service to the independent garage.

Along with his work ethic, the nomination from his colleagues praised his ‘bright-eyed and bushy tailed’ persona and his cracking Elvis impersonation.

Jennings Washington took home two of the titles as June Appleyard secured Best Service Manager and Jade Tiffin won Best Team Mascot.

Stephen Scott was awarded Star Student of the Year for the improvement he has made at Gateshead College and young industry newcomer Orin Rowe received the Apprentice of the Year title.

Best Overall Garage, open to businesses of all sizes, went to Benfield Toyota and Lexus Leeds for an increase in business growth percentage.

Mr Gott said: “The standard of applications this year has set the bar high and we found it difficult to choose individual winners.

“Those who have been successful have shown consistent hard work, dedication and a passion for their field.

All of the winners are set to take to the karting track later this summer as part of an activity prize day, where they will be presented with their awards and certificates.