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An event is being held to make the North East’s Engineering and Manufacturing sectors more resilient to global instability, by bringing together business leaders and leading technical voices.

On Thursday the 28th of April, BEL Valves Deputy CEO and former General Manager of GE’s Wellstream, Bruce Heppenstall, will address decision makers at a reception at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on Gateshead’s Quayside, about the need for better connections in engineering.

The event is the brainchild of Richard Hogg, Managing Director of Newcastle-based Jackson Hogg Recruitment, who noticed the need for cross-sector connections through his work with engineering firms in the North East and across the UK.

Having seen first-hand the importance of manufacturing and the energy sector to employment in the region, Mr Hogg identified the potential for better networks across the industry to boosting innovation and efficiency, and secure employment in economically uncertain times.

Richard Hogg said: “The skills and talent in the North East’s engineering companies is second to none, but more often than not people don’t know what’s going on in other sectors. With growth in manufacturing flat and risks in oil and gas there has never been a more important time for companies to look beyond their comfort zones for new opportunities.

“In every industry, and between industries, better connections lead to new opportunities. There are lessons learned within one sector that can lead to improvements in others, it’s just a case of connecting people.”