Based on the results of a successful pilot scheme trialled back in 2010, NEPIC
found that industry mentoring was the best way to facilitate cluster development, securing longevity to the region's process industry and strengthening the supply chain.
Mr Swales said: "I am delighted to accept this role with NEPIC
who make a big contribution to in driving the economy of our region.
SSI, along with many of its supply chain companies, are members of NEPIC
and we offer our full support to all through this difficult time, as we continue to lobby for a level playing field for UK manufacturing verses its competition.
We are pleased to share our experiences with NEPIC
members so they can expand their capabilities, be successful and enhance the process industry in the UK and the region.
Mark Lewis, NEPIC
technical manager, said: "The process industry in the North East is doing everything it can to reduce energy use and increase energy efficiency.
30pm - is open to both NEPIC
members and those not signed up to the organisation.
CEO, Dr Stan Higgins, said: "Demonstrating that we have a vibrant supply chain that can underpin and support all the needs of chemistry-based businesses is vital to both existing industry and also future investors.
This award reflects hugely on the support NEPIC
get from industry locally and from our international partners.
Working with local industry leaders, NEPIC
developed an ambitious threeyear programme to support 400 North-east SMEs into new business, with the objective of creating 1,000 new jobs and PS40m in new sales.
Each region has been specifically targeted by organisers NEPIC
& UK Trade & Investment - who have developed special relationships in India over many years - offering focused and non-speculative business meetings.
Stan, who was a runner-up in 2010, said: "I am so immensely proud of the work of the 22-strong NEPIC
International Bioresources Conference, held at the Vermont Hotel in Newcastle, included contributions from Rich Hall, senior consultant at event sponsors PWC; Henrique Vianna de Amorim, president of Fermentec of Brazil; Professor Chen Jishuang, director of Nanjing University of Technology, Institute of Bioresources in China; and Stuart Easterbrook, contract manger of UK National Grid.