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economic regeneration and transport

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The Chairman of Durham Tees Valley Airport has praised the ‘remarkable and encouraging support’ received from the region’s business community and other partners over recent months. Robert Hough also acknowledged the firm commitment of majority shareholders Peel Investments (DTVA) and its partner local authority shareholders.

economic regeneration and transport

Michelle Savage

Brookleigh New contract Brookleigh Caring Services has been awarded a domiciliary care contract for Stockton Council. “The summer programme between Durham Tees Valley and Jersey, operated by Channel Island Travel Services and flybe, has been well over 90 per cent sold, whilst Thomson has shown significantly increased business on its Palma service, coupled with a rise in bookings for next summer. This winter Thomson will be operating their popular flights to Alicante and Tenerife.”

A key element of the plans for the future of the airport is the potential for the ‘Southside project’, a ten year scheme to develop 150 acres of land to the He added: “The KLM service between Durham south side of the runway. A bid for £5.9million from Tees Valley and Amsterdam Schiphol has shown the Government’s Regional Growth Fund had been encouraging increases in the percentage of submitted in support of the project and Directors seats filled and business has also been buoyant expressed their extreme, disappointment that the on the Eastern Airways service to Aberdeen. bid was unsuccessful, adding that they would be seeking an explanation for the decision.

Based in Stockon the care provider already employs 150 people and is hoping to recruit more in the coming months. Directors Michelle and Vernon Savage said “After almost 20 years of working in partnership with Stockton Borough Council, Brookleigh is pleased to continue this partnership which will both safeguard local jobs and create new jobs for local residents as the company expands and grows throughout this contract.”

Special visitor welcomed Sir Paul Nicholson, Lord Lieutenant of County Durham recently visited one of the Borough’s most successful companies – Darchem Engineering based in Stillington. Darchem is investing more than £8million in its manufacturing base and Sir Paul heard details of the new 57,000 sq ft factory being built on brownfield land near to the existing premises. Graham Payne, Managing Director of Darchem Engineering, said: “We were delighted to host the visit of the Lord Lieutenant to our region, and to our company. We feel that this is recognition of the investment we have made over recent years in our business and in the local area. “Over the last three years, Darchem has invested £8m in new machines and equipment, which has led directly to an increase in orders and additional jobs, taking the Stillington workforce to 650. In July, we announced a further £8m investment, creating 86 new highly skilled jobs. Stockton-on-Tees is an excellent place from which to do business, and we are looking forward to a period of continued growth and expansion.” Darchem, which has been on the Stillington site since 1954, has a substantial order book from the aerospace market with increasing demand from the Far and Middle East’s growing aeroplane fleets. The European and USA markets are also an important sector to the company and for this client base it is currently using its expertise to help develop more fuel efficient aircraft. The company also has a proud history of developing apprentices and Sir Paul heard the details of the plans to recruit a further 15 - 20 in addition to the current 50 employees who started their careers in that role. The Lord Lieutenant also visited the newly refurbished Preston Park Museum and Grounds, the Globe Theatre, Stockton Town Centre and the Northshore development in Stockton Borough.

Rapid response group to help Direct Line and firstsource staff

Graham Payne, Managing Director of Darchem Engineering (left) with Sir Paul Nicholson

The Council’s Chief Executive, Neil Schneider, said: “This is a very difficult time for the hundreds of employees who know their contracts will be coming to an end so we want to do all we can to ease this worrying situation for them.

A rapid response group, chaired by Stockton Council’s Chief Executive Neil Schneider, has been established “It is fantastic that so many organisations have come forward to work with us to develop a full support package that the to help provide much needed support for hundreds of employees will be able to access. Direct Line and firstsource staff who have learnt they “I’m pleased to see a combined willingness from both Direct Line are to lose their jobs. and firstsource as well as the organisations that have come Representatives from Middlesbrough Council, Tees Valley Unlimited, Job Centre Plus, Stockton Riverside College, the National Careers Service, North East Chamber of Commerce and the Skills Funding Agency are working with Stockton Council. PAGE 10

together to help identify future job and training opportunities when they are most needed. “It’s very encouraging to find there are a number of businesses who may look to recruit and help in future.”


Stockton News - Winter 2012  

The Winter 2012 edition of Stockton News