Showcasing innovation

INNOVATION and enterprise in the North East is taking centre stage at major political events.

The region’s public and private sectors have teamed up to present a showcase of some of the best ideas in business at this year’s party political conferences.

The partnership includes Northumbrian Water, the Association of North East Councils (ANEC) and the North East Chamber of Commerce, along with eight businesses and the region’s two Local Enterprise Partnerships.

At the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith paid tribute to the North East’s track record in the development of cutting-edge technology in engineering, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals, digital enterprise and manufacturing, and spoke of the importance of bringing Cabinet Ministers to the region to see the innovation for themselves.

He said: “The North East has a fantastic record in supporting new businesses, developing research and training, and seeing new products and technologies from concept to market.

“When I bring Cabinet Ministers to the region and they see the work which is being done here, they are always impressed and it means I can then go back to them and remind them about the businesses and organisations they have met and how the Government can help the North East to go on to achieve even better results.”

Businesses involved are Fifteen Digital, Kromek, Palintest, Durable Technologies, Reece Group, Lucite International, Nissan and Northumbrian Water, which is generating energy from sewage sludge. Packs and DVDs were given to attendees to highlight the region’s strengths.