The NEPIC Annual Dinner Celebrates Excellence in Olympic Year
07 February 2012

NEPIC Awards 2012The North East’s most prestigious business dinner was held at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield on the evening of Friday 20th January 2012. The NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster) Annual Dinner saw a record of 450 guests attending from across the North East celebrating exceptional performance throughout the regions process industry.


A total of £17,000 of prize money was awarded on the evening, the majority of which went into local schools. A running total of £109,000 has been awarded to young future leaders and to fund local school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) projects over the last five years, an extraordinary achievement from within the North East.


The evening was compared by Wendy Gibson and entertainment was provided by Olympic Hero Kriss Akabusi MBE, who helped the audience get into the Olympic Spirit.


Visual & Performing Arts Students at Middlesbrough College also played an integral role on the evening by ensuring the lighting, staging and sound were first class, something which Principal, Mike Hopkins and Director of Programme, Trevor Brewis were extremely proud.


Middlesbrough College, who were one of the main sponsors on the evening, was extremely proud to support the “Manufacturing & Sustainability” Award, which was won by Exwold’s POPE. (Path for Operational and Processes Excellence). POPE is a 5 year programme, which started in 2009 aimed at achieving increased levels of profitability, enhanced customer satisfaction, improving staff engagement & development as well as ensuing effective compliance with health and safety regulation through the deployment of continuous improvement projects/actions.


Pictured receiving the award are (left to right) Kriss Akabusi MBE, Sam Price, Commercial Director of Exwold Technology and Mike Hopkins, Principal of Middlesbrough College.


Principal, Mike Hopkins and other staff of the College hosted a table and were joined by ‘Captains of Industry’ including John Baker, Director of Human Resources at from SSI, David Robertson, Chief Executive Officer at PD Ports and John Evans, Plant Manager at Caterpiller.


Chairman of Governors, Mr Bob Brady MBE stated that “Middlesbrough College continues to contribute to the government’s drive in delivering an increased number of apprentices nationwide and has seen growth in the number of apprenticeships of some 300% in the last 18 months. Middlesbrough College has a corporate and social responsibility to the environment and delivers courses in manufacturing whilst making every attempt to use sustainable materials and the College is extremely proud to support this event”.


A statement from the Principal, Mike Hopkins, on the College’s involvement with the NEPIC Awards highlighted that “Middlesbrough College has been a catalyst for regeneration in Middlesbrough and is committed to working with the industry to provide skills for today and tomorrow and to help promote jobs and prosperity. The College’s Strategic Plan 2011 - 2015 emphasises this ‘Oneness’ with ……one ambition, one curriculum, one commitment, one team, one College and one hub, all focused on achieving the ambition of being an outstanding provider by 2015, responsive to the employer and student communities”.


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