IDEAS to generate the north and south banks of the Tyne to attract new businesses are being looked into.
Under the banner of the ‘Big River Project’, representatives from education, private sector business, infrastructure groups and national and local politics and trade unions met on Friday to look at potential ways to breathe life into the area.
Caroline Flint, MP, shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change set out potential possibilities under the provisional title ‘From The Turbinia to Turbines, rebuilding communities along the big river’.
North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon, who organised the conference with borough councillor Jim Allan, said: “There’s a growing need to collaborate and share ideas, concepts and economic opportunities and the conference is a way to bring together various people and groups who have an interest in investing and supporting new economic opportunities.
“We’ve got over 40 companies and interested parties coming together with the common goal of ‘recreating a vibrant local and regional economy’.
“We hope that our Big River Project will continue to develop and strengthen networks and economic expansion.”
Coun Norma Redfearn added: “The key to success is to harness existing skills and skills bases, coupling them with the ability to be flexible enough to move into new markets and exploit the opportunities of the new economy, all of which will provide opportunities for a full range of job opportunities and key education and training for local people to enable them to help deliver the skills to feed the global renewable industries.”