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A NETWORK which was set up to champion the engineering excellence in the Tees Valley is open to firms from the Hartlepool area.

The Teesside Engineering Network (TEN) has grown rapidly in the two years that it has been formed.

But even though it already has more than 100 regular delegates, it would welcome more.

Its next meeting will be on Friday, October 17, at a venue yet to be confirmed, starting at 8am.

Spokesman Nicola Humble said: “The whole idea of this is to find out about projects that are either coming to the area or are starting in the area.

“We have two guest speakers who will give an overview of projects that they are involved in.

“The idea is that small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), that don’t have much money to throw into business development, get a chance to find out what is happening in the area.”

Meetings rotate between towns including Hartlepool and are held three times a year.

Nicola added: “This is our second year. In the first year, we got a really good response and the impression we got was that this was something that was needed in the area.

“We had between 60 and 70 people who turned up and then, after that in the second year, we have been getting in excess of 100 people.”

TEN has enjoyed a successful year promoting the local engineering supply chain, strongly supported by local councils, organisations and businesses.

It is sponsored by four companies - Wynyard-based Nortech, Stockton firms Axiom Engineering Associates, and Francis Brown, and Industrial & Marine Hydraulics from Middlesbrough.

Meetings are free to attend and people can register their interest by completing the contact form on the website.

Other advantages of the TEN network are that it provides firms with the opportunity to hear first-hand about forthcoming projects, and promote their company within the local supply chain.

Anyone wanting more details about the network should visit its website at http://teesside-engineering-network.co.uk/