North East Connected

Diane joins UK Steel Enterprise team in the North

Diane Parker has joined UK Steel Enterprise, the Tata Steel subsidiary that supports growing businesses with investments and managed business premises, as an Administrator.

Diane, who lives in Redcar with her family, is based at UK Steel Enterprise’s Innovation Centre on the Kirkleatham Business Park at Redcar, where she previously worked with one of the business tenants for seven years.

She will now play an important part in ensuring the smooth running of the Centre and as a point of contact for the 40-plus fledgling businesses based there.

The Innovation Centre provides offices, workshops and a range of purpose-built facilities from well-equipped meeting rooms, a manned reception area, high speed broadband, security, parking and even a gym and chillout room at cost-effective rents.   The UKSE team is always on hand to ensure tenants can concentrate all their time on growing their own businesses, both at Redcar and at its sister Innovation Centre at Hartlepool.

Diane brings a wealth of valuable experience working in administration and as a personal assistant in the legal sector, chemical industry and with an engineering training board to her new role.

“I got to know the UK Steel Enterprise team well when I was working in the Centre previously,” said Diane, “so I was delighted when this opportunity came up.  I’m now seeing just how much work goes on behind the scenes to keep the Centre operating but the work is so varied, the tenants are great and there is a lovely business community here so I am enjoying  every minute.”

Diane is also supporting the investment team as they work with businesses seeking finance of up to £1m for projects that will create jobs and boost the economic regeneration of the area. UK Steel Enterprise has now invested around £21m into businesses in the Northern region since it began in 1975 and invested a further £12m in providing purpose-built business premises.

“We are very pleased that Diane has joined our team,” said Area Manager Sarah Thorpe. “Keeping our Innovation Centres running smoothly is a demanding job in itself then we have the administration involved in our investment activity and our Community Support Fund so we do rely heavily on our Administrators.”

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