Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Backing to Help Train Workers

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Backing to Help Train Workers

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Byline: KELLEY PRICE kelley.price@trinitymirror.com @KelleyPrice_gaz

A TEESSIDE businessman has invested six figures in an "exciting" start-up business to help offshore, construction and renewables workers and firms.

Proecenergy - set up by two experienced oil and gas engineers - is an "online gateway for training courses".

It allows both individuals and companies working in those sectors to link "very quickly" with the qualifications they need to find work, win new contracts and comply with the law.

Users can choose their training, pay and book their place using the free service's secure payment system. Procenergy will launch later this year.

Founders Greg Hynes, 31, and Michael Styan, 37, experienced firsthand the difficulties faced by workers and firms trying to organise training, after setting up their first business - Prosafe Engineering.

They approached Andy Preston for advice - and the millionaire businessman was so impressed, he invested in the business.

Andy, a philanthropist who is also behind such charities as CEO Sleepout, Teesside Philanthropic Foundation and non-profit restaurant Fork in the Road in Middlesbrough, has also been appointed chair of Procenergy.

He said: "I spent some time with the founders sharing ideas and it's clear that this project could really take off.

"So I invested in the business and am going to get more actively involved. …

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