After working round the world 18 years as a weapons engineer, George King arrived on Tyneside in 1994 to work on naval behalf upon Swan Hunter-built HMS Richmond, the last warship built on the Tyne.
Now based in Gateshead, George uses solutions skills learned at sea to the good of small and medium-size firms in the North East.
His firm Glengyle specialises in unpicking issues deterring businesses, and helping entrepreneurs to access grants and finance.
After leaving the navy, George worked initially for Joyce-Loebl the outstandingly innovative firm in Gateshead, then with the contracts organisation at Newcastle University.
He got involved in INEX, which specialises in producing micro technology, sensors and miniaturised systems for business.
As commercial manager there, he helped spin it into the private sector. George says: "I’ve always enjoyed a challenge.”