South Shields based motor retail firm Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd is celebrating after winning the Heart of the Community trophy at the North East Business Awards’ grand final. The awards took place on Thursday evening (21 April 2016) at Hardwick Hall, County Durham.

Organised by The Journal newspaper, in association with their sister paper the Gazette and the North East Chamber of Commerce, the awards celebrate the inspiring work of the North East business community over the past 12 months.

Vic Young, a family-run business established more than 40 years ago provides a broad spectrum of vehicles for sale, rent and short-term hire as well as fleet management services, servicing and MOTs. The firm’s portfolio also includes a specialist Motability division, Vic Young Mobility, which supplies cars, adaptations and wheelchair accessible vehicles, and Vic Young Conversions, which develops unique conversions for various specialist vehicles including those for full Motability approval.

Over the last four decades, Vic Young has been a champion of the local community in South Tyneside and the wider North East, and has supported a number of charities and private individuals. For example it has provided vehicles for charities including St Clare’s Hospice, Grace House, St Oswald’s Hospice and the Percy Hedley Foundation.

The firm has also sponsored Bede’s World in Jarrow and several local football clubs including Washington United Girls and Jarrow FC. In addition, they have supported South Tyneside’s Voluntary Lifeboat Association for over 10 years and Benedictine Nuns for over 20 years

Vic Young, Managing Director at Vic Young (South Shields) Ltd, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the North East Business Award for Heart of the Community, especially given the tough competition we were up against.

“This award celebrates excellence in corporate, social and ethical activity. As a family-owned firm with over 40 years' history, we are acutely aware of our role in the North East economy and society.

“We currently employ 78 people, all of whom embrace our community focused ethos. This has also allowed us to have a strong understanding of the region’s needs from charities and healthcare to sport development.

We are strong supporters of local businesses and have been using the same suppliers over the past 40 years. This has resulted in 95% of the company’s spend being kept in the North East.

“Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my wife Alicia, who has been by side from day one and helped me build the business over these past four decades – it really has been a team effort. I would also like to personally thank all of my staff, customers and suppliers for their support over the past 40 years and look forward to many more successful years.”