A fast-expanding North East construction firm has strengthened its business development management division with a triple appointment.

The Owen Pugh Group has hired business development managers Emma Dixon and Ian Wharton, while Jonathan Constantine has joined the firm as a sales executive.

Emma worked previously at two large property services firms and has several years’ experience of sales, marketing and business development. In her new role she is based at Owen Pugh Construction, which delivers high-profile infrastructure and civil engineering schemes across the region.

Ian has joined Owen Pugh Contracts, which delivers earthmoving, demolition, reclamation, remediation, recycling, civil engineering and landfill works. Previously he was North East area sales manager for a drainage maintenance company and he specialises in contract management and negotiations. In his new role he is being supported by business development assistant Louise Pomery, who has been with Owen Pugh Contracts for two years.

Meanwhile, Jonathan’s appointment has bolstered the team at Owen Pugh and Company, the plant hire and haulage division of the group. Previously he worked in a variety of sales roles, predominantly in the plant hire arena.

The triple appointment coincides with a restructuring of the business development team following a period of sustained growth at Owen Pugh, which has won a string of high-profile contracts including work on the £1m redevelopment of the Port of Sunderland. As part of the restructure, sales manager Phil White has moved from Owen Pugh and Company to Owen Pugh Aggregates, a supplier of primary and recycled construction aggregates and agricultural limestone.

John Dickson, chairman of Owen Pugh Group, said: “These appointments will strengthen our business development management division as we look to build on a successful 2015 by winning further contracts. The construction industry is a challenging environment but we are working on several schemes that are maintaining and improving the built environment of the North East.”

The Owen Pugh Group comprises five trading companies operating in the civil engineering industry, undertaking earthmoving and demolition, drainage and groundworks, plant hire and haulage, quarrying, inert waste and drain cleaning, and CCTV surveys. The group, which employs more than 430 staff across its divisions, is headquartered in Dudley near Cramlington, with other bases in Blaydon, Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees and Marsden Quarry.

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