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Benefits of pooling resources; DICKINSON DEES.

NORTH East England and Scotland are widely recognised as major sources of engineering innovation and manufacturing brilliance. A host of similarities between the places present huge scope for the two areas to work together to demonstrate a global competitive advantage and create opportunities across the industry to the benefit of supply chains and economies.

Being situated in such close proximity to the North Sea and Aberdeen, NewcastleGateshead and the wider region are perfectly placed to accommodate satellite project and design offices as well as specialist back-office teams. Key riverside sites within the designated Enterprise Zone provide the land and infrastructure to attract manufacturing, fabrication and specialist distribution activity. Industrial hubs such as Team Valley deliver available and flexible industrial space in a purpose-built environment where supply chain businesses can thrive. The proposition is robust and is attracting interest from companies around the globe.

The north bank of the Tyne is a key part of one of the UK's largest Enterprise Zones and was recently made a Centre for Offshore and Renewable Engineering (CORE). These facilities benefit from deep-water berths and heavy loading facilities. The Neptune Energy Park allows for dry dock testing and has a purposebuilt 700-tonne load-out pad. The recently-refurbished hammerhead crane can lift up to 325 tonnes and has a 32m reach.

Just along the coast at Blyth, the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) is quickly becoming recognised worldwide as the UK's leading centre for advancing the development and integration of renewable energy. Along with partners, Narec has invested PS150m to develop a significant testing infrastructure. It offers technical support for subsea research and development, stimulating innovation in manufacturers as they learn new ways of working across the supply chain for the development and deployment of new turbine technologies.

By pooling exceptional facilities, talent and resources with those that exist in Aberdeen, we can create a formidable offer to companies looking for innovative solutions to even the most challenging marine and offshore projects. And this is something that the inward investment team at NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) is keen to explore.

NGI is working with industry leaders and influencers from the North East and Scotland, who are playing a key role in the many great things that are happening in the industry right now. To kick-start this work, they teamed up with Business Quarter Magazine (BQ Scotland) and law firm Bond Pearce, which the region's leading law firm Dickinson Dees is merging with in May, to host a live debate in Aberdeen. The event was well attended and plenty of innovative discussions around collaboration took place.

NGI is also working with both Newcastle and Gateshead Councils as well as a range of partners and businesses from across Newcastle-Gateshead and the wider region, to showcase the exceptional skills, talent and facilities that are available to companies.

. ? To find out more contact Catherine Walker, inward investment director at NGI, on 0191 440 5761.


A flare boom on an offshore oil rig in the North Sea. Scotland and the North East could work closely together
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 17, 2013
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