MGN Insights – Building for the Future

John Cruddace, operations director of Unipres talks to MGN about their new Academy

Sunderland-based Unipres is an automotive components manufacturer, producing lightweight, high tensile-strength steel parts for Nissan, Renault and Honda. The company has been operating from the North East since 1986 and employs 1400 people. As a Tier One supplier to such well-known OEMs requires a highly skilled, highly motivated and committed workforce and Unipres has spent […]

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MGN Insight – Supplying the world from Newton Aycliffe

James Ritchie, ceo of Tekmar Energy talks to MGN about supplying the world from Newton Aycliffe

Tekmar Energy is a market leader in submarine cable protection systems, providing subsea cables and engineering services around the world. It employs over 100 people at its Newton Aycliffe site and had a turnover last year of just under £20m. Operating in the offshore wind, oil & gas, wave, tidal and interconnector markets since 1985, […]

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MGN Insight – An emerging business in an emerging market

Brian Palmer of Tharsus Group talks to MGN about their emerging business

2009 was a watershed year for Tharsus. As Tharsus Vision it was a supplier to the outdoor advertising industry, with clients such as London Underground. But, almost overnight, that market disappeared – reduced advertising spends coupled with increased capital costs chiefly to blame. So the company had a choice: should they fold or should they […]

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Cyber security: Safeguard your business, employees and assets

cyber security

Cyber crime is a dynamic threat that can have a major impact on an organisation of any size. Business leaders are having to rapidly adapt to prepare their businesses to protect, respond and recover from cyber attacks. It is crucial to give consideration to operational, media, legal and financial planning in addition to IT resilience. This guide is designed to support our clients in making their business more secure and more resilient and ultimately to help Britain prosper.

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Changes in the IT and Intellectual Property landscape

Helen Bain Square One Law

Brexit: Key areas businesses should be aware of in the Information Technology (IT) and Intellectual Property (IP) landscape Leaving the EU will create significant challenges for all businesses, not least expected currency fluctuations, the mobility of staff across borders which is particularly relevant for the region’s digital economy and the level of finance available to […]

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MGN Insight – Productivity & efficiency through quality people and processes

Neil Wilkinson talks to MGN

CMR is a business based in Wallsend that has been quietly growing and developing a strong global reputation for over 30 years. It has unique expertise in wiring systems, sensors, controls and other electronic instrumentation and achieved turnover in the UK of £24m last year and is well on course to reach £30m this year. […]

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North East manufacturing – a strong and growing sector

The North East manufacturing sector is strong and growing with the number of manufacturing companies in the region increasing by 3.9% to 4,235 businesses in 2017, the fastest growth within the UK*. Despite recently losing it’s position as the only region in the UK to experience a positive balance of trade, the North East’s manufacturing […]

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Ask the Expert: Are you GDPR ready? #keepcalm

'Ask the Expert' on #GDPR #keepcalm

Sarah Lisgo, associate at commercial law firm, Square One Law talks about the myths and the compliance journey to GDPR. The impending General Data Protecting Regulation (GDPR) is high on the agenda for many of our clients. We are working with them to help dispel myths, remove uncertainty and ultimately assist with their GDPR compliance preparation in […]

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MGN Insight – Reaping the benefits of Apprentices

Kate Wickham, MD of Gateshead based specialist print manufacturer Gate 7

By Philip Cunliffe, Regional Business Editor at Insider The head of a Gateshead manufacturing business has spoken about the difficulties of getting the right young apprentices into the business. Kate Wickham, the managing director of decal manufacturer Gate 7, was interviewed by Insider for the first edition of the Manufacturing Growth Network (MGN). Gate 7, […]

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MGN Insight – Supportive Customers the Key to Exporting Success

By Laurence Kilgannon, Insider’s Digital News Editor Seaham-based family dairy processing company Prima Cheese has recently broken into China to expand its growing list of overseas customers. Already supplying its cheese products into Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong, the move into the lucrative Chinese market was the next logical step. And Prima Cheese now has its […]

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