Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Engineering Boss Named as Top Investor Director

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Engineering Boss Named as Top Investor Director

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Byline: Karen Dent

THE boss of an expanding North East engineering company has been named the region's leading investor director by the Institute of Directors.

Bill Scott, the chief executive of pounds 84m turnover Wilton Group, was recognised for his work growing the Middlesbrough company which is currently recruiting 250 workers to swell its staff to around 700 by the end of this year.

The IoD North East had invited nominations for a roll of honour of investor directors to highlight the dynamic business leaders driving the region's economy forward.

The organisation looked at who was contributing to the North's economic wellbeing by investing in their organisations, or attracting funds and finance to the area, or improving the area's infrastructure or creating much-needed jobs.

Scott was judged to be the outstanding leader among a shortlisted peer group of 17 with the listing supported by Newcastle-based angel investment company Middleton Enterprises Ltd.

Alastair Thomson, IoD North East chairman, said: "All of those who made it to the shortlist personify the innovation, commitment and hard work which are among the key characteristics that an investor director needs to have to make a difference to the North East's economy.

"Bill Scott was chosen because he epitomises what constitutes a real entrepreneur.

He is a business role model who has built up a company which is making its mark at home and abroad - a company of which the region can be truly proud."

Since launching what is now the Wilton Group in 1994 with fellow director Steve Glenn, Scott and his team have built the business up to more than 600 employees by strengthening its capabilities and product offering.

They have launched divisions including those specialising in engineering and coatings divisions, the acquisition of PD&MS and the purchase of 50 acres of river frontage land, home to one of the largest fabrication sites in the UK at Port Clarence Offshore Base. …

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