The right chemistry for golf success

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BUSINESS bosses from across the Tees Valley were among the keen amateurs who took part in the biggest corporate golf day in the UK.

The Northeast Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) – which represents the chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech, polymer and renewables industries – organised the event which attracted 200 golfers representing more than 120 companies.

They competed across two courses for the honour of being crowned NEPIC champions.

Firms taking part included PD Ports, the owners of docklands in Hartlepool, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Premium People which has a base in Peterlee, and Billingham-based Pearson Harper.

NEPIC chief executive Dr Stan Higgins said: “As with many aspects of business, collaboration can leverage something bigger and better than a company trying to deliver something on its own.

“This cluster is about sharing best practice and generating growth and we have shown that collaboration works just as well in our networking and social events as it does in our business development activities.”

The day, at DeVere Slaley Hall, in Northumberland, started with a putting competition and a par 3 simulator with each player challenged to get nearest the pin.

David Murphy, of chemical firm Fine Organics, which has base at Seal Sands, did better than that with a simulated hole-in-one, although John Peach representing Lockton Insurance, which has a branch in Newcastle, was overall winner.

The main event was a four man team stableford competition won by a team from construction consultancy Faithful+Gould, which has offices in Stockton and Newcastle, with Northeast Bioresources, a cluster of Wilton-based companies in the renewables sector, second and third place going to Darlington-based consultancy firm Stapleton International.