A BUSINESS group in South Tyneside is booming as the economy continues to recover, it was revealed this week.
New sector specialists have joined South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum (STMF) in recent weeks as business confidence returns.
Plus, there has been a rise in associate members from across the North East business spectrum.
STMF bosses say they are “thrilled” at the diverse geographical area from which new members have arrived, including Newburn-based Spincraft and RUBB Buildings, from Team Valley, Gateshead, as well as South Tyneside firms Rotary Power, ICE Print and Design, Complete Fabrication Services and Katysue Designs.
Meanwhile, new associate members include Oculus HR, from Rainton Bridge, Professional People Management, Sunderland, Newcastle University, Boldon-based Arcterra, and JC Events, from South Shields.
Jack Hanwell, STMF manager, said: “Membership of the forum brings many benefits, and manufacturers and other businesses are becoming increasingly aware of this.
“Its influence is steadily growing throughout the North East, and it is important that companies are aware of the excellent work it does in supporting its members.
“Our members are forward-thinking and have great confidence in their businesses. Each brings something unique to the table and they are willing to share their knowledge with others.
“Our new members and associate members are very important additions to the success and vitality of the forum.”
STMF already has members in North Tyneside, Northumberland, Newcastle and Gateshead and attracting more companies to the organisation is an important part of its overall strategy.
Geoff Willis, managing director of Rotary Power, which designs, develops and manufactures hydraulic pumps and motors for the international construction, marine, subsea, forestry, chemical and recycling industries, said: “Having recently moved our manufacturing facility to South Tyneside from Newcastle to enable our growth, I felt it was important to work with like-minded businesses to continue to share best practice and knowledge.”
Brian Batchelor, managing director of Spincraft, said: “We look to the STMF to provide a thought-provoking environment, where best practice may be shared, knowledge disseminated and members can call upon the collective expertise of the forum for the introduction and deployment of new practices.”