Organisers behind NEPIC’s annual meet the members conference say it’s going from strength to strength after another successful event.
Almost 500 people visited the North East Process Industry Cluster’s conference and exhibition, held this year at Wynyard Hall, on Wednesday.
There were more than 100 exhibitors at the get-together, including Tees Business, while there was presentations by several well-known business personalities including former Teesside MP Lord Mandelson, ex-Redcar MP now NEPIC chairman Ian Swales, SABIC site director John Bruijnooge, Russell Stevenson of Amec Foster Wheeler, Steve Pugh of Nortech Group and John Shipman of Huntsman Polyurethanes.
NEPIC CEO Stan Higgins – pictured (above) talking to guests at the event – told Tees Business: “This event really is growing from strength to strength.
“We’ve had nearly 500 visitors through the door and more than 100 exhibitors, and the feedback we’ve had form all the exhibitors is that they’ve had a great day, with lots of new business opportunities out there.
“There’s still nervousness over the EU referendum, but hopefully that will be out of the way soon.
“This venue has turned out to be the perfect setting for this type of thing, especially with the beautiful weather outside, and I think Wynyard Hall is a fantastic asset for Teesside.”
While Higgins was pleased with this year’s event, he admits his slight disappointment is not seeing enough young employees attending.
He added: “It’s vitally important that people come out to see these sort of events, because it makes people realise how vibrant business is on Teesside.
“The most disappointing thing for me is that we need more young people to come and see this in action.
“They’re stuck back in the offices, working on their careers, growing and running plants… they need to be allowed to come to this type of event, so they can see how important this industry is to their economy.
“It’s no use having these young people stuck in the office, they need to be here networking, seeing some of the new technology that’s out there, seeing the opportunities and the kind of things they might be able to take back to the office to solve their problems and make our plants more efficient.
“We need our young engineers, scientists, logistics managers and warehouse managers out here in amongst this, because I think what they would see here would blow their minds.”