Business bids to be first in aid awards

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AN ASHINGTON business has been shortlisted for the First Aid Award for Manufacturing, Processing and Production at the second St John Ambulance First Aid Awards.

SPX Bolting Systems will find out if it has been successful on Monday, November 19, at a celebratory dinner in London, which will be hosted by survival expert Ray Mears.

The company, which designs and manufactures specialised hydraulic bolt tightening equipment and software packages for the oil and gas sectors and provides accredited training courses in health and safety, is also battling it out to be recognised for the overall category of Organisation of the Year.

The awards were first launched in July last year to celebrate individuals, businesses and communities that are leading the way in first aid.

Trophies go to organisations who have exemplary first aid standards and heroes who have been the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

The awards will be presented by celebrities including Dragons’ Den star and businessman Duncan Bannatyne, singer Michelle Heaton and TV presenter Matthew Wright.

Bob Fogerty, director of training at SPX Bolting Systems, said: “This is the first time we have entered the St John Ambulance First Aid Awards and we’re very proud and delighted to have been shortlisted.’