Airport highlighting opportunities at major engineering business breakfast

Teesside International Airport will set out its supply chain opportunities to local engineering firms at a leading Tees Valley business breakfast.

Head of Airport Development Phil Forster will join Patrick Pogue, Group Business Development Director at px, as keynote speakers at the Tees Engineering Network (TEN) event at Teesside University’s School of Business in Middlesbrough.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston will introduce the speakers at the breakfast, sponsored by Middlesbrough Council, from 8am to 10.30am on July 4.

More than 100 representatives from the region’s engineering companies are expected to attend to learn about how they can benefit from developments within both organisations, while also networking with key decision-makers in the local supply chain.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen brought Teesside International Airport back into public ownership in March this year, with Stobart Group announced as joint venture partners. A 10 Year Rescue Plan to turn the airport around is now being implemented, with land on the 819-acre site available for private investment. px is a leading provider of innovative operations management, engineering services and energy management solutions.

It takes place ahead of the Tees Valley Business Summit, the region’s biggest industry event which will see more than 100 exhibitors attend the University’s Olympia Building for the summit’s eighth year.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I have made it my priority to ensure that local businesses come first for new airport contracts. Already we have selected four local firms to carry out work, but I want to see that number increase.

“As we continue our 10 Year Rescue Plan to turn the airport around, we’re more eager than ever to engage with even more local companies to see how we can work together to deliver our plan.

“The Tees Engineering Network breakfasts are always packed out with exciting and dynamic local firms looking for the latest opportunities in the Tees Valley, and I can’t wait to see what the TEN event and Business Summit bring.”

Patrick Pogue said: “px is delighted to have been given the opportunity to speak at this TEN breakfast event at the Tees Valley Business Summit and to share the transformation that has taken place in our business over the last few years.

“Headquartered in the Tees Valley and with a team of more than 500 specialists operating from ten sites across the UK, px provides a range of engineering consultancy and energy trading services and has over 25 years’ experience of managing, operating and maintaining some of the UK’s largest industrial facilities.”

Jamie Brown, CEO of Francis Brown Ltd and one of the founding members of TEN said: “Moving the TEN breakfast to the morning of the Business Summit will undoubtedly boost the numbers at both of these brilliant events.

“We’re incredibly proud of our breakfasts, bringing together the region’s engineering supply chain, which is second-to-none. I’d urge everyone to register and come along to see what the airport and px have to offer.”

Tees Engineering Network was set up in 2013 to support the region’s engineering supply chain by keeping businesses informed of new opportunities and provide a forum for networking. It is led by Francis Brown Ltd, Axiom Engineering Associates Ltd, Industrial & Marine Hydraulics Ltd and Nortech with support from Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Find out more about the Tees Engineering Network and keep up to date with future events.

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