Ruth Mitchell

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Science holds the key for region - says North East MP

The region’s shadow Minster for Business believes that science and technology could hold the key to the North East’s economic development.

MP Chi Onwurah thinks that the region’s growing science sector could spearhead the resurgence of the region’s economy, generating jobs for the future.

She hopes that the North East can learn from countries like Germany, where the economy has bounced back on the strength of its manufacturing industry.

Chi Onwurah Said: “With the right support, I believe that the North East can capitalise on its strengths in science, technology and advanced manufacturing, and grow its economy.

“We have a large number of innovative and highly specialised businesses in the region that are taking technology to new heights and I believe that through support and promotion, we can put the North East firmly on the technology map.”

Ms Onwura’s made the comments after visiting Sedgefield-based North East Technology Park (NETPark) as part her recent tour of technology centres across the region.

The technology hub is one of the fastest growing science parks in the UK and supports companies that are developing technology and products in the physical sciences.

She added: “Most people’s view of manufacturing resembles the industry’s image 20 or 30 years ago.”

“Many of the businesses I have seen here paint a very exciting picture of modern manufacturing, and I believe that if we remain at the sharp end of technology, we can unlock the potential that exists in the region.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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