Procenergy, a new North East business that offers professional training solutions, has launched an online marketplace to support employers in industry across the UK.

The innovative portal has already seen in excess of 100 training provider signups, giving unique access to more than 1,000 specialist courses.

More than a hundred business people and representatives from local industry, including Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, gathered at the Fork in the Road restaurant on Linthorpe Road for the launch of the fully automated training marketplace which opens up the £4billion private training market to all businesses.

The system allows individuals and companies operating in industry, including the offshore, construction and renewable energy sectors, to search, book and manage their training requirements online, in a way that has previously been restricted to large businesses and training providers.

Procenergy was founded by experienced oil and gas engineers and former TTE apprentices Michael Styan and Greg Hynes, who also operate Prosafe Engineering, which supplies a bespoke range of integrity products and services to the UK and worldwide process industries.

The company recently appointed Teesside businessman and philanthropist Andy Preston as its chairman, following his significant investment in the business which came about after he was approached by Michael and Greg for advice.

Managing Director Michael Styan said: “We were both motivated to start the firm after experiencing first-hand the difficulties people and companies in industry face when trying to organise training. The processes involved can often be time consuming, costing more money than necessary. That is why we have tried to simplify it, and make it accessible to all businesses.”

Greg Hynes said: “We are grateful to everyone who attended the event, and also thankful to Andy Preston and the Fork in the Road restaurant for hosting it. We are really proud of this project, and so we’re excited to get it into the public to test opinion. From initial reaction we can tell it is going to be a success, as we have already had more than 100 training providers sign up.”

Andy Preston said: “I know first-hand the difficulty small businesses have trying to arrange suitable training for staff, which has created somewhat of a skills shortage in the Teesside area. Having a portal that simplifies the process of booking training will allow businesses to develop their workforces to a point where they will no doubt see an increase in productivity.”

Ben Houchen said: “I am delighted to welcome the launch of Procenergy. Innovative, home-grown business ideas that make use of the latest technologies and build on Tees Valley’s reputation in areas like process engineering can form an important part of our value proposition, not just in the UK but internationally. Employers are looking to upskill their own workforces as well as hire in new talent, making training an exciting area for new and growing businesses. Procenergy is also a great example of a company that has attracted private sector investment locally, while being supported by Tees Valley Business Compass.”

Procenergy is free to use for both managing companies and individuals, and once a candidate has chosen their industry training they can immediately proceed to pay and book their place using the sites fully secure payment gateway.

To find out more about Procenergy, visit: http://www.procenergy.co.uk