Chris Musgrave has been presented with a special business award in recognition of the difference he has made to his community.
The acclaimed commercial property entrepreneur was presented with the title at the Stockton Civic Awards, launched to highlight individuals and groups who set an inspiring example to others through their efforts and determination.
He was recognised for his success in transforming the fortunes of the business park at Wynyard, which he bought after electronics company Samsung closed its factory there in 2004. Under his management, the 700,000 sq ft park has attracted millions of pounds of private investment and created hundreds of jobs as new homes are built.
In a land deal agreed towards the end of last year, home builder Taylor Wimpey moved its plans forward for a second phase of housing, which will see £6million pumped into the area and 80 new jobs created over a four-year period.
Councillor Perry said: “It was humbling to meet all of these amazing people who do so much to help and support our communities in all manner of ways.
“We are very lucky to have such a strong community spirit across Stockton-on-Tees – it is what makes our borough very special.”