MP underlines innovation as key NE strength

Ed Davey, Secretary Of State for enery and climate control and Sir Alan Beith MP hosting the business forum for energy based small and medium sized enterprises in Northumberland.
Ed Davey, Secretary Of State for enery and climate control and Sir Alan Beith MP hosting the business forum for energy based small and medium sized enterprises in Northumberland.

North Northumberland’s MP used the political conference season as an opportunity to highlight the enterprise of the county and the region as a whole.

Speaking at a key session at the Liberal Democrats’ conference in Glasgow, Sir Alan Beith MP spoke of the importance of bringing cabinet ministers to the North East to see for themselves the innovation and entrepreneurship which has ensured the region’s positive balance of payments.

Sir Alan paid tribute to the North East’s track record in innovation including the development of cutting-edge technologies in engineering, renewable energy, pharmaceuticals and digital enterprises, as well as more traditional sectors such as manufacturing.

Sir Alan 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 go on to achieve even better results.

“The North East Local Enterprise Partnership is making progress on the recommendations of the Adonis Report, and the the creation of the North East Innovation Board is one of the key steps in adding to the strengths of the region as a great place to do business.”

The event, sponsored by Northumbrian Water, the Association of North East Councils and the North East Chamber of Commerce, was an opportunity to showcase innovation from across the region, such as the development of renewable-energy generation from sewage sludge by Northumbrian Water.

Alongside Northumbrian Water, the other businesses involved were Fifteen Digital, Kromek, Palintest, Durable Technologies, Reece Group, Lucite International and Nissan.

Packs and DVDs were given to attendees to highlight the region’s strengths.