Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tough Year, but Our Ambition Remains

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Tough Year, but Our Ambition Remains

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WHILE the economic climate has continued to be tough during 2013, there has still be investment and job creation here on Teesside.

And it was that success we were keen to celebrate in the September edition of our 2020 Vision magazine.

There's no getting away from the fact that tough decisions are having to be made in our region. Some areas, the public sector in particular, is having to tighten its belt and make cutbacks that are impacting on communities across Teesside.

But it's also important that we don't lose our spirit of ambition and growth.

And even during difficult times we must continue to grow, drive forward regeneration and bring investment and jobs to our doorstep.

By September of this year our tally of jobs that had been, or were set to be, created on Teesside stood at an impressive 3,723.

From all corners of our region and covering a raft of far-reaching sectors, there was much to celebrate.

Successes we championed included: FEBRUARY Darchem Engineering in Stockton started work on an PS8m factory development at its base in Stillington, which will create 86 jobs.

The 75,000 sq ft factory is on a brown-field site next to the firm's main factory.

The investment has been prompted by demand for Darchem Engineering's precision products, particularly in the growing market for large scale nuclear fabrications MARCH PD Ports created 13 new full-time permanent positions for Teesport apprentices. The apprenticeship programme took more than 18 months of training with apprentices achieving an NVQ level 2 in dock operations.

APRIL Around 145 jobs were announced in Stockton by occupational heath service provide Atos Healthcare. The new jobs were created at the Atos Healthcare Service Delivery Centre in Stockton.

MAY Teesside car parts manufacturer Nifco UK announced it was about to start work on its new multi-million pound factory extension.

The company's PS12m expansion to its Eaglescliffe site will eventually see staff numbers grow from the current 350 to 500. Plus the phase two development will boost turnover from PS48m to more than PS65m by 2015.

JUNE A key regeneration site on Teesside was given a multi-million pound cash boost. …

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