Minister gets to hear of local growth

A GOVERNMENT minister has been finding out first hand how businesses and public sector organisations in the borough are helping deliver growth in the economy.

Brandon Lewis, MP, parliamentary under-secretary of state for communities and local government, spent the day with business leaders following his invite by North Tyneside Council.

He started his tour at Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS), on the Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate in North Shields, to see how the company had grown and was now a key player in the offshore, wind and renewable energy sector.

Mr Lewis then visited Accenture at Cobalt Business Park to see how the company’s inward investment had helped it move to their new premises and increase their workforce, including new apprentices.

And he finished the day by visiting Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, part of TyneMet College, to see a ‘meet the buyer event’ before talking with representatives of some borough organisations about their experience of being in business in North Tyneside.

Jon Vincent, principal at Queen Alexandra Sixth Form College, said: “We are continually establishing new relationships with other employers in the region with an aim to develop our curriculum to serve the needs of local industry which in turn will add to the growth of a skilled workforce for the region.”

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “I am delighted that the Minister took up our invitation to come to North Tyneside and see for himself how real partnership working between businesses and the public sector are helping to deliver growth and jobs for the borough.”