The cream of the crop

MORE than 400 delegates watched as top industrial talent was honoured at an awards ceremony.

The North East Process Industry Cluster annual awards dinner was held at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield.

Dinner guests were also addressed by NEPIC Chairman Bob Coxon who said: “Our industry is always rejuvenating itself and inevitably sometimes there are regrettable closures. I can tell you these have been outweighed by many new investments - in the last four years there have been eight closures, but this has been countered by 32 new investments, acquisitions and reinvestments.

“The coalition Government has publicly stated their support for these growth areas, but we will need industry’s support to make sure that they understand the role of NEPIC, in bringing investment to the region”.

NEPIC chief executive Dr Stan Higgins said: “The NEPIC Awards Dinner has become a leading industry event.”

Awards included:

l Uyi Uwagboe, from MSD Biologics, Billingham, who picked up £1,000 as one of the Redhall Engineering Five Young Achievers 2010

l Fellow top young achiever Dr Keri McCall from PETEC @ CPI.

l Bede Sixth Form College in Billingham, which won the BOC Environmental Awards 2010 - Post 16 School Award, collecting £2000 thanks to pupils plans to develop an eco-garden within the grounds of their newly built college,

l The NEPIC Manufacturing Sustainability Award 2010 going to Cleveland Biotech, Stockton, for its biological treatment products. It donated the £2,000 prize money to Billingham South Community Primary School

l Teesside University Outstanding Contribution Award 2010 going to George Ritchie of Sembcorp Utilities, with the £2,000 prize donated to Howletch Lane Primary School, Peterlee.