Minister hails software firm’s ‘world-leading’ work

A cabinet minister praised the ‘world-leading’ work of an Alnwick-based software business which is helping to revolutionise traditional manufacturing processes in companies around the globe.

Friday, 3rd May 2019, 2:00 pm
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss with MSP founders Tony Brown, left, and Peter Hammond. Picture by Dru Dodd Photography

Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, praised the innovation of MSP, which has seen it win work internationally with major names including BAE Systems, Pratt & Whitney and multiple leading Formula 1 teams.

During a visit to MSP, where she was given a tour of the site by founders Peter Hammond and Tony Brown, Ms Truss said: “It has been brilliant to see the world-leading technology that is being developed here in Alnwick by the incredibly skilled team at MSP. Developing this kind of software can only make British manufacturing even more fantastic.”

She saw how MSP’s products are helping manufacturers to eliminate error from their processes, increase productivity and make huge cost and time savings.

Her visit also saw her host a round-table discussion at MSP’s headquarters with a number of prominent local business figures, as part of the Treasury’s spending review.

A number of entrepreneurs and stakeholders from across Northumberland shared their views on Government spending priorities for the county in 16 key areas including healthcare, education, environment, pensions and transport.

Peter, who founded MSP with Tony in 2002, said: “We were delighted to welcome Liz Truss to MSP in what was an inspiring visit for our whole team.

“It is fantastic to be able to showcase what we do to a senior Government figure, demonstrating how our technology is truly helping to revolutionise the traditional world of manufacturing, and we are humbled by her praise for our work.

“It gives us great satisfaction to show this standard of innovation in software technology being developed in Northumberland. This is a wonderful part of the world which we are only too keen to shout about.

“The round- table discussion with the Chief Secretary was thought-provoking and provided a forum to discuss all that is great about our region, but also what is needed for companies like ours to be able to continue to thrive and for families to prosper.”