New role for former Hartlepool MP Iain Wright
Former Hartlepool MP Iain Wright has a new role, promoting the Tees Valley's on-line industries.
Iain, who has served as Government minister and Chairman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy select committee, has joined the board of DigitalCity and hopes to use his experience and contacts to help improve the use of digital technology by businesses in traditional sectors.
DigitalCity works alongside the five Tees Valley authorities to connect businesses with the knowledge, skills and expertise they need to thrive in a digital future.
“When I was invited to join the board I jumped at the chance,” said Iain.
“I really believe DigitalCity is one of the key elements of economic growth in the region and will help raise employment levels and improve living standards.
“Some of the innovative start-ups DigitalCity is supporting are doing fantastic work and the start-up communities in places like Boho are comparable with areas like Shoreditch in London.
“Equally important is the work that DigitalCity is doing to help traditional industries embrace digital and new technology in order to become more efficient and competitive.
“Using my connections I will be shouting about what this area has to offer. I want any tech entrepreneur to realise they don’t have to move to London, they can be just as successful in Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool or Redcar.”