Commentary - June 2018
Blaze Manufacturing Solutions Managing Director Howard Johnson has been shortlisted in the Industry Leader category at this year’s Gold Awards.
The awards recognise talent from across the oil and gas industry and is the leading energy awards in the North East. The final will be held on 7 September at the Marcliffe Hotel, the winners decided by a panel of influential leading figures in the energy industry.
Howard established Blaze in 2006 from a shed in his garden and has grown the company, despite the turbulent times of the oil and gas turndown, by diversifying into new markets. Today Blaze employs 35 people across two locations and provides safety critical solutions in oil and gas, renewable energy, mining and commercial and industrial markets.
Howard, previously General Manager of Tyco, decided to take a risk and build Blaze in order to harness and nurture the innovative side of engineering in the oil and gas industry. Today, he works closely with the team at Blaze to develop and deliver innovative approaches in fire safety that have revolutionised not only the oil and gas industry, but other market sectors too.
Commenting on the shortlisting, Howard said, “The past few years have been a challenge for the energy industry and I am delighted that the hard work and dedication of the team at Blaze has paid off.
“Being shortlisted for such a prestigious award is testament to my colleagues at Blaze who have continued to challenge and question the norm, innovating and developing our products and solutions along the way.”
Howard, alongside his wife and Finance Director Ann Johnson, has also been shortlisted for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Transformational Leader award. The awards ceremony will be held on the 21 June at Gleneagles Hotel.