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New Report Highlights the North East's Innovative Design on Business

 

A new report produced by the North East Chamber of Commerce and Stanley Black & Decker has highlighted the region's enthusiasm for research and design.

A new report produced by the North East Chamber of Commerce and Stanley Black & Decker has highlighted the region's enthusiasm for research and design.

The team at Stanley Black & Decker's European Research and Development Centre, in Spennymoor, came together with the Chamber to compile "North East Design Innovation", which gives 11 case studies of businesses which have succeeded in breaking boundaries through design.

Research conducted to run alongside the case studies highlighted a growth of more than 54% in research and development staffing in the last five years, among those businesses surveyed.

Those businesses which were surveyed and which had specific R&D budgets had seen these grow by an average of 27.5% in the same time period.

Featured in the report are:

• Custom service boats for the Port of London, developed by Alnmaritech, in Blyth.
• Educational MP3 Storyphones from Annfield Plain company Ameeca.
• An innovative initiative to reorganise Baltic: The Centre for Contemporary Art, improving visitor experience.
• Eco homes developed by Bowburn-based Esh Group.
• A groundbreaking exhaust gas recirculation valve from GT Group, in Peterlee.
• A newly-developed fishing rod material from Alnwick-based Hardy & Greys Ltd.
• Sedgefield-based Kromek's commercial production of Cadmium Telluride and related products.
• A seating bench designed specifically for older people by Miko Shelter Solutions in Jarrow.
• Northumbrian Water's innovative Bran Sands sewage to power plant.
• A specialist manufacturing facility for the offshore renewable industry, built by TAG Energy Solutions in Billingham.
• A specialist cable protection system for offshore wind farms, developed by Tekmar in Newton Aycliffe.

Alongside the case studies, Stanley Black & Decker's County Durham-based team has written a series of key points to give an insight into how design innovation can work and the considerations required for success.

Kevin Hewitt, Vice President Global Engineering, Stanley Black & Decker, said: "Design innovation is at the heart of many North East companies which are thriving, despite poor economic conditions. As a company which succeeds on a global scale because of its perpetual focus on innovation and product development, we felt it was important to illustrate the positive impact which can be achieved through focussing on this key business area."

Andrew Sugden, the North East Chamber of Commerce's Director of Membership and Policy, said:

"The research in this report showed a significant growth in budgets and staffing in research and development and design during the last five years. Through placing an increased focus on this area of their business, each business featured has made significant steps forward in developing their product offering and many are already seeing valuable returns on their investment."

Please click here to view a full copy of the report.

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