THE region’s largest pump distributor and one of the few remaining British pump manufacturers has paid recognition to its long serving staff as it celebrates its centenary.

Almost 65 per cent of the staff at Billingham-based Tomlinson Hall have been with the business for more than ten years and the firm chose to recognise its staff loyalty in a ceremony following its commemorative Royal visit from His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester last month.

Amon those recognised were workshop manager Michael O’Hare and business development director Colin Simpson, who jointly celebrated 25-years each with the business.

Tony Keville, third generation Tomlinson and managing director at the company also celebrated 44-years with the company in its centenary year.

Steve Schofield, director and chief executive at the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) presented commemorative long service watches and paid tribute to each of the team members receiving an award.

Mr Simpson said: “This year has been truly amazing for Tomlinson Hall as the business celebrates its achievements over the last 100-years.

"Our royal visit was really a very special occasion for all of us in the company and it was only right that, following on from this, we showed recognition to the people behind the business and expressed our ongoing gratitude.

“We have a fantastic culture at Tomlinson Hall – which is truly demonstrated by the fact over half of the staff have been with us for over ten years – and the team at every level is extremely dedicated and hardworking.

“We believe we have created a fantastic working environment by empowering our staff and offering an industry leading training and development programme.

"We have an outstanding reputation in our industry which is all thanks to the staff that drive this business forward.”

Operating from its facilities in Billingham comprising two workshops on its 1.5-acre site, Tomlinson Hall provides a full end to end service from pump selection, supply and site visits right through to servicing and repairs.

The company works with leading businesses across Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America and Asia and is planning to enter these and other areas more aggressively as part of its strategic growth plans.