GEORGE Marley is hoping to strike gold in his 50th year in business.
George runs Wheatsheaf-based building firm G M & G Marley, which has been honoured as the regional winner of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB)’ Master Builder of the Year Award.
Now the firm goes on to the national ceremony in London on March 20.
For George, it is the perfect highlight for a year which sees him clock up half a century in business.
“The business has been going since 1957 and I started working with my father in 1963,” he said.
George may be 64 now, but has no intention of hanging up his spirit level just yet.
“I don’t want to retire – I just enjoy it too much,” he said.
George is particularly delighted to have won the FMB award as all entries have to be nominated by satisfied customers.
The firm scooped the regional title for its work on the refurbishment and extension of a semi-detached house in Cleadon.
The project involved gutting the ground flour, erecting a steel framework for the rear extension and rewiring the property.
“The award we won is for the Northern Counties region, which extends as far as Whitehaven in the west, up to the Scottish borders and down as far as Teesside,” said George.
“The client submits a nomination which then goes before a panel who use the testimonial submitted, along with photographic evidence, to assess the quality of the work.”
“All nominations come from satisfied clients, and builders are judged on their technical ability together with customer service skills.”
The FMB national title is not the only award the firm is up for as a result of the Cleadon project.
“The building control officer for South Tyneside has put us forward for a Local Authority Building Control award, which is particularly pleasing,” said George.