PD Ports will welcome some of country’s most successful exporting businesses to the region this month as it hosts the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards for the fourth consecutive year.
Owners and operators of Teesport, PD Ports, has backed the awards, which seek to recognise and celebrate the entrepreneurial exporters from across the Northern Powerhouse, since they launched in 2016.
Supported by key sponsors, HSBC, Teesside University and Teesside International Airport, this year the awards will take place in Tees Valley, something the port operator has long-championed.
Frans Calje, PD Ports’ CEO, said: “I’m delighted to see the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards come to the Tees Valley, home to Teesport, one of the UK’s busiest and most progressive ports and a wealth of vibrant and innovative businesses operating across global markets.
“As the only consistent net exporting region in the UK, it makes sense to shine the spotlight on our great exporting businesses from the heart of the Tees Valley.
“As a maritime nation, the UK has a long and proud history of international trade. Our ports and maritime industries have been the backbone of our country’s global trading power. Across the Northern Powerhouse we are seeing increasing levels of activity to ensure that trading power is equally balanced.
“In the last ten years we have secured over £1 billion of investments at Teesport, creating in excess of 2,500 jobs in the Tees Valley as a direct result, all of which deliver real value to the Tees Valley and our ability to be more competitive globally.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added: “We’ve been working tirelessly to convert an old hangar to house what will be the biggest Northern Powerhouse Export Awards yet, and it’s also the first time it has come to our region, bringing the great and good from across the North to Teesside International Airport.
“This is part of our ten-year rescue plan to develop our airport site with the £200million Southside Development along with attracting the eight new destinations and the extension of some of the existing routes in less than a year.” . . .
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