#GrowNE- Procenergy launch demonstrates new digital age in the North East

For the past two weeks Publicity Seekers has had a student join the team on work experience. Alice Dunn is a Journalism student in her third year at The University of Huddersfield and has written a blog about her time with us:

My second week of work experience here at Publicity Seekers saw me attend my first ‘networking’ event and, even if I did cower in the corner at the biscuit table the whole time, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Talking and connecting with inspiring and innovative businesses is actually much less daunting than I first thought, and it’s one thing University definitely can’t teach me.

The best thing about all these businesses coming together, though, was seeing the unstoppable force that is the North East’s tech industry at its best.


Founders Greg Hynes and Mike Styan at the launch of Procenergy

The event in Middlesbrough was showcasing Procenergy’s new Industry Training Gateway, a free website which allows both employers and employees to browse through thousands of training courses relevant to them. Coined by Mike Styan and Greg Hynes and supported by Andy Preston, the website brings buyers and sellers of these courses together, allowing buyers to easily compare courses and book online.
This kind of innovation and forward thinking is what is driving the North East’s tech industry to be one of the fastest growing in the country. Already home to huge names within the digital sector such as Sage Software and recently FUJIFILM, the Tees Valley is worlds away from its days of steelworks and hard industry. With higher standards of living and a new found thriving community spirit, now is the time to enter the digital sector in the North east.

Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor, had nothing but praise for the North East and its new digital age at the event. Declaring he is “dedicated to the improvement of the Tees Valley” and unveiling plans to ‘gigify’ the North East with ultra-fast broad band, Ben pushed the ‘go live’ button on Procenergy’s new venture.
The Mayor also had some great news about the current employment situation within the North East. There are now more jobs than the people looking for them, which for me is definitely refreshing to hear after struggling with unemployment rates for so long.

Procenergy is just one example of the brilliant new businesses thriving every single day in Teesside and the North East. Many other businesses are also favouring new technologies to enhance their products, from creating apps to resigning their websites. Companies in the North East now realise just how much confident use of technology can set them apart from the rest of the competition.

I’d like to thank Procenergy for the invite and look forward to seeing their future success.

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