A year of opportunity awaits – Jane Turner

Jane Turner OBE, the pro vice-chancellor for enterprise and business engagement at Teesside University, provides the guest foreword for the autumn issues of Tees Business…

The latest issue of Tees Business features the results of the annual poll revealing the region’s most inspiring business leaders, as voted for by their contemporaries.

To see no fewer than 12 women featured in this year’s top 30 represents a significant shift after only three made the list two years ago.

I am extremely humbled and delighted to be in the company of such notable individuals.

The Tees Businesswomen Awards dinner on October 24 will provide an opportunity to further showcase the fabulous women of the region.

Teesside University is seriously committed to the region in which it resides, driving positive economic and social change, acting as an engine for regeneration and a magnet for investment, ideas, skills development and innovation.

In its position as an anchor institution, the university has a significant impact on the business community, driving business creation, growth and jobs.

During the last two years alone, the university has worked with 791 organisations across 1,446 programmes and projects. This includes working with 341 SMEs in relation to innovation/business improving projects, designed to enhance innovation capacity, thus driving product and process innovations and productivity.

The university’s 2018 bi-annual economic impact study reported a contribution to the national GVA of £125m – £90m in the Tees Valley – and £18m of this attributed to ‘knowledge transfer’ activities.

In a policy environment which devolves more responsibility for economic growth and business support to UK regions, universities have unique strengths in knowledge, research, innovation and the capability to support jobs, knowledge and wealth creation.

As we enter a new academic year, Teesside University looks forward with enthusiasm, continuing to work in partnership to make an enduring difference to this remarkable region.

A year of opportunity awaits.

 

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