If you didn’t manage to catch the BBC Breakfast Show last week, PD Ports played host to Steph McGovern and team as she presented a report on global trade live from Teesport. Sean Farrington, presenter for BBC Radio 5 live, joined the crew to broadcast the Wake Up To Money Show throughout the morning.
The report looked at globalisation and how trade has affected the UK and in particular Teesside in recent years, analysing the challenges industries are facing and the success stories.
This was an excellent platform to showcase the North East region and the role it plays in driving forward Government's Northern Powerhouse agenda.
David Robinson, PD Ports' CEO talked to Steph McGovern about the growth opportunities at Teesport following continued uplift in container volumes as well as emerging opportunities across the energy, retail and automotive sectors. Within the report he addressed the issues around skills and how we are tackling these issues through the High Tide Foundation.
Steph reported throughout the morning about the significant level of investment at Teesport that has taken place in the last decade culminating in over £1BN both through direct investment and third parties creating over 3,500 new jobs.
The immediate need for improvements to the transport infrastructure network in particular east-west links were highlighted as key priorities to the North of England with rail capacity and network improvements needing critical focus.
Lesley Batchelor from the Institute of Exports was interviewed alongside David, as well as Paul Booth, Chairman of the Tees Valley Combined Authority and representatives from the digital sector where Teesside is fast becoming a hotbed of talent.
PD Ports were delighted with the level of engagement on social media which saw interaction hitting an all-time high. Some tremendous comments were received from customers, stakeholders and trade bodies some of which you can read here:
@Transport4North: Great to see David Robinson from @PDPorts on @BBCBreakfast talking global trade and importance of better Northern east-west transport links
@BBCBreakfast: Spot the @StephBreakfast! Steph is down by the docks in her hometown of Middlesbrough this morning - https://twitter.com/BBCBreakfast/status/783904493649924096
@StephBreakfast: Watching the container ships unloading at #Teesport @PDPorts - here for @BBCBreakfast talking #globaltrade - https://twitter.com/stephbreakfast/status/783927272063528960
@Mark_Simpson73: Great to see PD Ports on @BBCBreakfast with @StephBreakfast - https://twitter.com/Mark_Simpson73/status/783907685511077888