Middlesbrough Council has partnered with engineering manufacturing champions Make UK on a new health and safety package to help Middlesbrough manufacturers get back to work.

The COVID-19 Management Training and Planning Programme for Manufacturers includes a three hour eLearning course, risk assessment template, and policy template, plus other useful resources.

It’s free to Make UK members or £100 for non-members. Any Middlesbrough-based manufacturer who is not currently a member and would like to take part in the course and receive the resource pack can do so for free.

Please email invest@middlesbrough.gov.uk to register your interest.

For further information on the course please visit the Make UK website.

Regeneration specialist, Chaloner Group, has reached practical completion on the Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park (TeesAMP).

Construction of phase one of the landmark £55 million park, located adjacent to Riverside Park on the southern bank of the River Tees, is now complete and ready to accept its first occupiers.

The 180,000sq ft development features high specification buildings for manufacturing and R&D facilities.

It is hoped that TeesAMP will become a focal point for innovation and advanced engineering in the Tees Valley.

Chaloner Group has developed the site in partnership with Middlesbrough Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) in order to attract companies to the area.

The investment also includes a £25 million anaerobic digester, which will use food and biological waster to generate power.

Phase one has been constructed predominately by a North East-based supply chain, including main contractor Robertson North East and Stockton steel fabricators Nationwide Structures.

TeesAMP has been funded by £12.5 million from Middlesbrough Council, £7.65 million from TVCA and £2.3 million from the SSI Taskforce, the body set up to support regeneration after the closure of the SSI steelworks, and substantial private investment.

Geoff Hogg, chief executive of Chaloner Group, said: “We are exceptionally proud to have led the delivery of phase one of the TeesAMP, which sets the standard for high quality manufacturing facilities in the region.

“Reaching practical completion is a major milestone for the project in readiness for the first occupiers moving in.

“The interest in TeesAMP from the manufacturing sector has been considerable with around 70 per cent of the space likely to be taken in the near future, which gives us confidence to embark on phase two soon.”

Teesside could be on track to benefit from thousands of construction and engineering jobs created by HS2.

Following government approval of the “game-changing” rail project, the Construction Industry Training Board has said thousands of new jobs will be created in the next two years.

And Middlesbrough College has invested in construction and engineering skills training to help hundreds of Teessiders to take advantage of the opportunities.

At its industry-leading campus, complete with its £20m STEM training centre, hundreds of students are already getting the hands-on experience they need to excel in well paid careers in civil engineering, electrical engineering, construction management and more.

Zoe Lewis is principal and chief executive of Middlesbrough College Group – which encompasses Middlesbrough College, Northern Skills Group and TTE Technical UK.

She said: “We’re investing in the training facilities and course provision to make sure we’re offering a solution to the challenges the construction industry faces.

“We’re also building the skills needed to fulfil some of the country’s biggest infrastructure projects like HS2.

“We want people to know they can access industry-leading training here on Teesside – and we’ll continue to build on that reputation, providing skills and opportunities to benefit learners, workers and employees.”

Train builder Hitachi – with its factory at nearby Newton Aycliffe – has welcomed the HS2 announcement, as it plans to submit a joint bid with Bombardier to build 54 trains.

If successful, it could generate further engineering jobs.

Mike Emery, associate director of construction at Middlesbrough College, said: “We’re committed to helping construction and engineering employers access the high quality skills their workforce needs – and HS2 is a huge opportunity for Teesside which will be supported by Middlesbrough College.

“With industry leading facilities and expert tutors, many from industry backgrounds, we’re attracting ambitious learners from all over the North East and are seeing huge growth in student recruitment across our construction and engineering projects.

“Since acquiring TTE, we’re now training more than 750 engineering and construction apprentices – which demonstrates just how much of an impact the skills that are being engineered on Teesside will have on industry.

“We’re proud to be continuing to invest in our facilities and extending our course provision into areas such as civil engineering to meet industry demands.”

And bright spark students are already building exciting careers in the region and beyond through apprenticeships with well-known companies such as Hitachi Rail, Elring Klinger, Labman, Persimmon Homes and Tolent Construction.

Taking the industry by storm, the College’s apprentices have been putting Middlesbrough on the map at a series of regional competitions across the North.

19-year-old electrical apprentice Georgia Owens won the SPARKS ‘Regional Apprentice of the Year’ competition while 20-year-old plumbing apprentice Sam Scott scooped the hotly-contested HIP Regional Apprentice of the Year award.

With a unique offering in the region, Middlesbrough College delivers courses from every occupational sector and at every level – from Level 1 to Level 6 Degree Level, as well as HNC and HND courses.

Higher National Certificates (HNCs) and Diplomas (HNDs) are vocationally orientated qualifications specifically designed to provide practical, industry related skills to both College leavers and those already working in a job who require new skills.

Building on its Good Ofsted rating and TEF Gold success – a teaching excellence framework (TEF) that assesses the quality of teaching in universities in England – the College was also selected as the only Tees Valley IoT and T Level provider.

The new T Level qualifications have been developed with employers to equip learners with the skills they need to enter the world of work – and the College’s pilot programme was a huge success.

Mike added: “As the only College in the Tees Valley selected to pilot T Levels, we’re leading the way when it comes to new delivery methods, and are working closely with employers in the region to ensure our students are set up to succeed in top industry jobs.”

Port and logistics specialist AV Dawson has strengthened its award-winning team with the appointment of a commercial and marketing director.

AV Dawson, which owns and operates a 100-acre port and logistics facility in Middlesbrough has promoted Charlie Nettle from his previous role as head of commercial and marketing into a new directorial position on the board to help drive forward the business’ growth strategy. Making use of his strong links in the commercial and marketing sectors, Charlie has responsibility for developing new markets and building long term sustainable growth.

Charlie joined the business in November 2015 with a remit to develop a marketing and communication function. Amongst his notable achievements in this role was the refinement,

communication and integration of the company’s cores values across the business. The development in his knowledge of the freight and logistics industry led him to support commercial activities and build customer relationships. He has also been instrumental in establishing and subsequently developing and leading new teams in both commercial, and in marketing and communications, taking on a new role as head of these functions.

Gary Dawson, AV Dawson managing director said “Charlie has played a major role in the management of tenders and large contracts, as well as building our reputation in key growth areas such as aggregates and minerals, energy from waste, and renewable energy markets. He has been an important member of the senior management team, and contributor to a number of project teams developing future company strategy, as we have faced new economic challenges. I look forward to Charlie joining the board to help direct the company toward a successful future”.

Charlie Nettle said: “With such significant changes happening in global trade, changes in the political landscape and the emphasis on the environmental agenda, this is such an exciting time to be taking on this new role.  While the port and logistics sectors faces plenty of challenges, there are also significant opportunities. AV Dawson has an enviable reputation in the port and logistics sector, and I look forward to driving further growth and building strong relationships with our customers. The start of the year has been incredibly busy, we have hit the ground running and 2020 is certainly looking like it will be an incredibly exciting year”.

In addition to his directorship at AV Dawson Charlie will continue in his roles as chair of the North East branch of CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing), vice chair of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind and secretary of the Tees and Hartlepool Port Users’ Association.

Middlesbrough College has chosen AV Dawson as a partner to deliver the first trials of the new industry-backed T level qualifications for the region.

AV Dawson has welcomed Middlesbrough College engineering student, Joshua Richards, to join its engineering team as part of a trials of this revolutionary new initiative.

T levels, a new programme coming in September 2021, were developed to follow on from GCSEs and will be equivalent to 3 A levels. The two-year course has been designed in collaboration with businesses and employers to make sure the course meets the need of industry and prepares students for the world of work and will become one of the main choices for students after GCSEs.

Middlesbrough College is the only general further education college in the Tees Valley that has been selected by the Department of Education to deliver the newly developed T Levels from September 2021. The college, working in partnership with AV Dawson, hopes that the programme will provide the knowledge and experience needed to open the door into skilled employment, further study or a higher apprenticeship.

The T level program offers a mix of on-the-job training, along with classroom learning. Joshua, has recently started his placement with AV Dawson and will spend two days a week, 45 days in total, working in its engineering department, shadowing its onsite electrician.

Mark Wells, AV Dawson, head of engineering, commented: “It is imperative that we put increased focus on narrowing the skills gap in the region, especially with potential for further ‘skills drain’ in the area. It is fantastic that Middlesbrough College has been chosen to deliver the T level programme, this will help showcase the vast array of opportunities currently available to students in the area. The T-level programme gives students real world, hands on experience, it is a vital introduction to the working environment, that goes one step further than the traditional work experience placement.

“Josh will gain real insight into how the engineering department in AV Dawson works, he will be actively involved in our engineering projects and not just watching from the sidelines. These types of experiences are invaluable to students.”

Louise Croce, AV Dawson, head of HR added: “As a family business with 95% of our workforce coming from Tees Valley, it is important that we actively work with local education centres to promote the opportunities on Teesside. Students taking part in the T level programme, could potentially be the next generation of our workforce.

Katherine Hawking, industry placement manager at Middlesbrough College, explained: “It’s fantastic to work with employers like AV Dawson who can give students the opportunity to put into practice what they are learning in the classroom. T levels address the pain points that employers report as a barrier to recruiting young people such as a lack of hands on experience, and as the only college in the Tees Valley to deliver T levels from 2021, we are excited to help bridge that skills gap.”

A local business that started small but has established an impressive reputation in the engineering sector is on target for a £3m turnover and expects to double its current 28-strong team by the end of 2020.

INDUSTRO Solutions Ltd, set up by John Betts and Joanne Bell in 2016 following the closure of an SSI supply chain engineering business where they both worked, recently moved into larger premises in Middlesbrough, allowing the company to increase their fabrication capacity and take on more large- scale bespoke projects for clients in the UK and abroad.

UKSE, the business-support subsidiary of Tata Steel, supported the move with a third investment. An initial loan from its Regeneration Fund helped the business start up then move into UKSE’s Innovation Centre in Redcar and a further loan in 2017 backed growth.

INDUSTRO Solutions provides a growing range of specialist services including design engineering, steel fabrication, installation and asset management. The new facility, alongside the expanding workforce, will see INDUSTRO take on a growing number of complex and exciting projects, from initial design to completion, for companies in mining, renewable energy, oil and gas, process and other sectors.

Projects to date have included the refurbishment of the Saltburn Cliff lift, a process skid for Qatar and the fabrication and installation of a renewable process plant on Teesside.

“We have doubled turnover each year and are expanding services steadily including our design engineering capability and asset inspection work,” said John Betts. “We have a dynamic and innovative approach to what is a traditional sector and this has helped us attract a healthy customer base. UKSE has been very supportive since the beginning with investments, premises and advice. We are continuing to grow and expect to see a £3m turnover next year with around 50 staff by the end of 2020.”

Joanne Bell added: “When we started we were able to take on a number of former SSI and supply-chain workers and continue to build a strong, skilled and highly experienced team, from senior management, supervisors, platers, welders and mechanical fitters to apprentices.

“Our team is our greatest asset and are all committed to our innovative business approach, modern culture and health and safety. We have our own apprenticeship scheme and are committed to recruiting two new apprentices each year. We are confident that the combination of our skills and experience in the sector means we can continue to create a successful business and are very pleased with progress to date.”

Peter Taylor, Business Development Manager for UKSE, said: “INDUSTRO Solutions made an impressive start and is continuing that success by expanding its services and growing its team and client list. It has been very rewarding for us to watch the company develop and to support it with the investments needed as it grew.”

Middlesbrough freight logistics firm AV Dawson has officially opened a new £1million canopy to help service a multi-million pound deal with a major blue-chip manufacturer.

The logistics firm invested in a new rail linked facility to support its multi million pound contract with British Gypsum, the UK’s market leader for plaster and plasterboard products. The 100 metre canopy provides dry-loading capabilities for trains which increases the efficiency of loading but also reduces costs of drying the product when it arrives at British Gypsum’s factory.

AV Dawson has showcased its investment in new building infrastructure at a recent unveiling ceremony, attended by delegates from British Gypsum, the North East England Chamber of Commerce, Department for International Trade and rail freight operator, GB Railfreight.

British Gypsum, part of the global Saint Gobain group, is importing the product, which is used to make plaster and plasterboard, through AV Dawson’s Teesside freight terminal, based on Riverside Park in Middlesbrough. The product arrives by ship to AV Dawson’s Middlesbrough port facilities, is unloaded and stored in the new canopy, ready to be loaded onto trains for daily deliveries to the East Midlands area.

Kevin Flinton, Saint Gobain’s senior procurement manager said: “We awarded this contract to AV Dawson because of the flexible and environmentally efficient solution they’ve provided to our business. We also liked that the business was prepared to take a long term view; investing further in its facilities to ensure it could deliver the highest quality service for us.”

North East England Chamber of Commerce director of international trade, Julie Underwood, said: “It’s fantastic to see the investment that is happening at AV Dawson’s site, the business really is going from strength to strength and securing a major global brand name such as Saint Gobain is testament to this. This operation is a great illustration of the innovation, investment and added value that the logistics sector and the wider supply chain delivers to businesses trading internationally.”

Managing director Gary Dawson said “ This is a significant investment for AV Dawson, however to provide the high service level that our customers have come to expect from us, it was important to invest in the best solution for British Gypsum. It now means we load the trains without adverse weather conditions hampering operations and we are also delivering an environmentally efficient solution that enables our customer to reduce its CO2 emissions by using rail instead of road.

“The canopy is just part of ongoing investment in out 100 acre Teesside site. The fact that we are still a family owned company with a relatively flat management structure means we can make quick but considered business decisions to help support our customers’ needs; it really shows how adaptable and resourceful we can be as a company.”

The contract, signed in 2018 meant ten new jobs at AV Dawson and over £2 million investment in new facilities and plant equipment. The new £1m purpose-built canopy is based on the southern end of the firm’s Middlesbrough site.

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.

New contracts and two award nominations for innovative Teesside health and safety induction firm

A Teesside-based health and safety induction and contractor management firm is celebrating after powering ahead with a new contract and notching up two award nominations.

Intasite, based in Middlesbrough’s Boho One building, has recently delivered an innovative new project for energy firm EDF Renewables.

With 38 wind farm sites, County Durham-based EDF needed a solution when it came to managing site induction programmes for contractors and visitors.

Step in Intasite. Put simply, the Middlesbrough company specialises in offering tailor-made online programmes aimed at simplifying the induction process for companies operating security-conscious sites.

From the process sector to ports, offshore platforms to the construction, chemical and manufacturing industries UK and worldwide, the company has a software solution to help manage visitors easily and quickly.

The six-strong team, packed with digital and developer knowledge backed up by film and video expertise, customised their software system for EDF which included tools to provide necessary information before contractors and visitors even set foot on site.

It meant the whole induction process could be completed remotely and ahead of time, saving valuable business hours.

EDF aren’t the only ones benefiting from Intasite’s expertise. The company has been four years in the making and already clients include; PD Ports, mining company Sirius Minerals and Telefonica O2.

“The Intasite team have worked tirelessly with us to design and refine a bespoke and intuitive induction system for our on and offshore fleet of windfarms. The health and safety of our staff and external partners on site is our priority, and Intasite have worked closely with us to ensure a high standard of induction and internal management of the inductees. The system they have built has allowed us to target general and site-specific site information to the right people, record their responses and verify their competence, increasing the efficiency for all involved,” – Steve Hunter, asset manager, EDF Renewables

“The idea is that personnel or visitors to sites can be inducted from anywhere, which saves time and reduces costs,” says Andy Murphy, Intasite director.

“It is essentially about streamlining the induction process for secure sites.

“About five years ago, we identified there was a gap in the market for doing inductions remotely and we set about building the software to be able to offer companies the possibility to do that.

“The platform took us 18 months to develop.”

Intasite’s clever software can be utilised for any outcome – be it remote health and safety inductions, risk assessments, uploading insurances and qualifications or scanning a QR code to access a secure site.

Reminders can be sent when refreshers are due and a specially developed tool can also send instant messages or alerts to site personnel.

Site managers can see who has completed the necessary ‘paperwork’ and who is on site at any given time. What’s more, the system can be offered in multiple languages.

Their first client was Teesside’s PD Ports, says fellow director Danielle Bloom, and the business has developed from there with an exciting potential for growth in the coming years.

“We specialise in large projects that are quite complex,” she says. “The team we have are really good at what they do.

“Our USP is that our platform can be tailored to our clients and is designed to reflect what they do. We also offer site specific video production and animation of sites, mostly specialising in high hazard industrial sites.

“It has really started to take off in the last year. People are changing the nature of site work and how inductions can be done.”

Intasite was recently shortlisted in two categories in the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards, gaining recognition in both Digital Innovation and Business and Product Innovation.

It was a feather in the cap for the firm which takes pride in the expertise and talent it has and what it can offer clients. They very much hope the exposure will help continue to showcase the unique product and services they can provide.

“For me, it’s about identifying something a client needs and coming up with a new solution to it,” adds Andy.

For more information, visit www.intasite.com.

A contractor has been appointed to take TeesAMP Advanced Manufacturing Park in Middlesbrough from blueprint to reality.

Robertson North East has been commissioned to construct phase one of the development and the first units will be ready for occupation in December.

To add to the great news local firm Nationwide Structures, based in Stockton, has been appointed as steel fabricator and around 90 per cent of the 750 tonnes of steel will come from British Steel at Redcar.

Geoff Hogg of Cleveland Property Investments, who is working with Middlesbrough Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) to bring the £55million park to life, said: “It is fantastic that all the work that has been going on in the background since Business Secretary Greg Clark visited in September has paid off.

“We are in talks with a number of companies who are interested in moving to TeesAMP – bringing high-quality advanced manufacturing jobs with them – and that’s what it’s all about.”

Cllr Lewis Young, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, said: “I’m delighted to see this major new addition to the economy of the Tees Valley reach another important milestone.

“TeesAMP will bring long-lasting benefits in terms of jobs, skills, prosperity and further investment – and the appointment of a local steel contractor is just the latest boost to the local economy.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “It’s great that construction will soon begin, meaning the site will be transformed into a home for world-class innovative companies, bringing high-quality jobs for local people.

“I’m delighted that some of our brilliant Tees Valley businesses are being drafted in to provide their services, demonstrating how our investment is already working for the good of the region.”

Phase one will include 180,000 sq ft of high quality manufacturing and office accommodation across 14 units.
Robertson, one of the largest independently owned construction companies in the UK, has its North East headquarters in Gateshead.

Elliot Robertson, chief operating officer of Robertson Group, said: “The Tees Valley has an ambitious modern industrial strategy, and we are delighted to be part of such a crucial step in what is a nationally significant project.

“The jobs and investment TeesAMP will provide will deliver long-term prosperity for the region for generations to come.”

Garry Hope, managing director of Robertson North East, said: “We always seek to use as local a supply base as possible on our projects, and are pleased to have been able to sign two subcontractors located so close to the site.

“Given the strong steel heritage of the Tees Valley, it was particularly important that we were able to commission a local steel fabricator. We will be continuing to seek Tees Valley businesses as suppliers for the project.”

Andy Dagnall, regional manager of Nationwide Structures said: “This contract is worth £1.3million to us.

“We aim to use as much local steel as possible – around 90 percent will come from British Steel in Redcar. I think that’s about as local as you can get.

“Sourcing local materials is a huge benefit to industry in the area and we’re delighted to have been appointed.”

Middlesbrough company Elemech has also been appointed to provide temporary electrics.

Pictured: (L-R) Cllr Lewis Young, Andy Dagnall of Nationwide Structures, Elliot Robertson of Robertson, Geoff Hogg of Cleveland Property Investments, Paul Fletcher of Elemech Ltd and Cllr Mick Thompson