Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Inspiring Business Boss Honoured

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Inspiring Business Boss Honoured

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A TYNESIDE green business chief who has created more than 1,000 jobs in the North East has received an honorary degree.

John Clough, chief executive of eaga - the leading energy efficiency solutions provider - received an honorary doctorate of civil law from Northumbria University yesterday.

He has taken eaga from nothing to a FTSE 250 company employing more than 4,000 people in the UK and, at the same time, helped millions of people to combat fuel poverty.

A miner's son, born and bred in Bedlington, Northumberland, John was the first in his family to go to university.

He graduated from Newcastle University with first class honours in chemistry, then joined British Coal's graduate recruitment programme.

John worked for British Coal across the UK and also became a qualified lecturer. He was operations manager at Monkton Cokeworks and turned around the mine's fortunes, however, British Coal later announced its closure.

John says the day he put 300 men out of work was one of the most haunting days of his life, and it was then that he vowed to create jobs in the North East in the future. …

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