A NEW appointment has been made to drive business success in South Tyneside.
Jack Hanwell has been named as the manager of South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum (STMF), which supports business growth throughout the borough and beyond.
Mr Hanwell, who lives in Hebburn, has a wealth of industrial experience in his working life, including time with Swan Hunter and Vickers Defence Systems.
He spent almost 20 years working in the oil, gas and marine sectors, was a training manager with Amec, and a business development and marketing manager with the Jarrow-based training provider Expedient Training Services.
Mr Hanwell said: “I have joined the forum to expand on the excellent work that has gone before me.
“This is a very exciting time for the forum and its members.
“This includes growing and maintaining its already-strong membership, and increasing the number of businesses recruiting engineering and manufacturing apprenticeships throughout the borough, with the help of South Tyneside College.
“I believe passionately in manufacturing and engineering in the region, believing that it is the basis for a healthy economy and sets the region apart from many others.
“South Tyneside can be proud of its manufacturing legacy and continued support to the sector, which extends beyond its border and is region-wide.
“By supporting and promoting the membership, I aim to enable the forum to be proactive in helping businesses in the borough and beyond become more successful.”
STMF is based at the new £5.4m state-of-the-art One Trinity Green eco centre in Eldon Street, South Shields.
The forum is the largest of its kind in the region, and its influence extends into North Tyneside, Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and Northumberland, with companies from these areas among its membership.
STMF helps members share best practice in key business areas, including lean manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, sales, human resources, finance and the environment.