Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Future Is Bright for Teesside

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Future Is Bright for Teesside

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july INDUSTRY leaders gave their take on why the future is looking bright for Teesside in July.

| Chris McDonald, CEO of the Mate-|rials Processing Institute (MPI) in Middlesbrough, listed some of Teesside's "unique advantages" from a skilled workforce, integrated industrial infrastructure, access to export markets."

"It is this drive, energy and entrepreneurial spirit that will seal the future success of manufacturing in Teesside. We just need to overcome the natural reluctance of the Teessider to brag - and shout to the rest of the world just how good we are."

| Mike Matthews, NIFCO boss and |North East Chamber of Commerce President, said collaboration is key if the Tees Valley is to realise its potential.

"Businesses can only succeed with the support of stakeholders - from their local authority, to education providers.

"We have seen, first-hand, the value of the partnerships we have formed, and I genuinely believe that, by working together and supporting one another, the area can achieve so much more than it ever can if we work in silos."

| We reported on one of Teesside's |biggest success stories - the Centre for Process Innovation.

Most recent highlights for CPI include securing a PS6.2m Government cash boost to help UK firms develop new biologic treatments (medicines from plants) and being chosen to manage an PS18m National Centre for Healthcare Photonics.

The Government has also rubberstamped a ground-breaking PS28m National Formulation Centre and CPI has also opened the PS38m National Biologics Manufacturing Centre.

| Investment will help the area to |prosper, claimed Teesside University's new vice-chancellor and chief executive Professor Paul Croney.

"We can see the changes beginning to take place in Middlesbrough - the investment in the fantastic new Sports Village, a new hotel in the centre of town and our own work with mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, are samples of the projects taking place to make this area a great place to live, work and do business. …

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