Newly elected Sedgefield MP Paul Howell was among the keynote speakers at South West Durham Training’s annual Business Breakfast event.

The former accountant pledged to support businesses in any way he could and encouraged firms to contact him with any issues they wanted him to raise with Ministers.

Other speakers included Andy Dunn, General Manager for Stockton-based car parts manufacturer Nifco, who outlined the firm’s apprenticeship recruitment strategy, and former Procter & Gamble executive Laura Graham, who told how she has built a highly successful day nursery from scratch in two years and is now planning further expansion.

The event coincided with National Careers Week, a nationwide celebration of careers guidance supporting young people from education into employment. Hollie Statham, from civil engineering firm Bowmer and Kirkland, and Tom Gallon, from the North East LEP, also presented employability skills sessions to Bishop Auckland College students as part of the national campaign’s activities.

Stuart Johnson, CEO of South West Durham Training, is pictured with Paul Howell MP.

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