Amble firm mentioned in Parliament

Anne-Marie Trevelyan during a visit to Quest UAV last year. 
Picture by Jane Coltman
Anne-Marie Trevelyan during a visit to Quest UAV last year. Picture by Jane Coltman

An Amble business has been discussed in Parliament, as part of talks about how North-East firms can access a slice of £23billion funding for research and development.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan mentioned Quest UAV during a recent Treasury Questions session.

She quizzed Chancellor Philip Hammond MP about how tech businesses in the region could benefit from the fund, which was announced as part of the Autumn Statement last month.

The multi-award-winning Quest UAV, which is based at Coquet Enterprise Park, manufactures mapping and survey drones.

Anne-Marie said: “Could the Chancellor set out how Quest UAV in Amble, a manufacturer of mapping and survey drones, and other high-tech North-East businesses will be able to access the R and D funding?”

In response, Mr Hammond laid out how firms and universities in the North East could benefit.

He said: “Public R and D funding will take two principal forms. There will be further funding to the science base in our universities, and there will be funding through Innovate UK, which is accessible by companies to support innovation. We already have an excellent base in basic science.

“What we need to do now is to up our game in innovation and the application of that science.”

Afterwards, Anne-Marie said: “I am pleased the Chancellor gave such a clear answer and indicated that our universities will be able to benefit from the fund in order to expand their scientific research.

“I will be contacting the universities in our region to discuss their plans for applying to the fund, in order to do all I can to support the north east’s continued development as a tech leader.”