Major Firms Highlight Multi Million-Pound Opportunities for Tees Valley Businesses

Senior figures from Atlantic SuperConnection and innogy Renwables UK will be the keynote speakers at the Tees Engineering Network (TEN) breakfast briefing, which is expected to be attended by more than 100 companies.

Atlantic SuperConnection is looking to lay a 930-mile undersea cable to carry electricity from Iceland to the UK.

Three potential sites have been shortlisted in the North East for a high-tech manufacturing hub.

The £3billion scheme could drive millions of pounds into the Tees Valley supply chain and provide a huge boost to the region’s businesses.

Energy company innogy Renewables UK, will also brief the local engineering sector on their Sofia Offshore Wind Farm. Developed 165 km off the coast of the North East of England, it will generate up to 1.2 gigawatts, making it their largest project to date.

Tees Engineering Network was set up in 2013 to support the region’s engineering supply chain by keeping businesses informed of new opportunities and provide a forum for networking. It is led by Francis Brown Ltd, Axiom Engineering Associates Ltd, and Industrial Marine Hydraulics Ltd with support from the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

Business bosses interested in hearing more about what the scheme could deliver can attend the free event, at 8 a.m. on Friday 29th June at the Redcar Community Heart.

Atlantic SuperConnection CEO Andrew Hodgson said:”No matter where we locate our manufacturing site, it’s fantastic news for Tees Valley. The top-quality engineering firms in the region are the linchpin of the potential supply chain and we are delighted to make clear how we can work together to benefit the Tees Valley economy and the wider UK. We have aggressive timescales that we’re working towards and we’re keen to brief the local supply chain of our plans at an early stage.”

Glyn Jones, innogy Renewables UK’s Senior project Manager for the Sofia Offshore Wind Farm added: “We’ve got some considerable projects in the pipeline and need Tees Valley firms with the expertise to help us deliver. This event will be an excellent chance to understand how we operate, the value we can bring to the area and what we are looking for from suppliers.”

Jamie Brown, CEO of Francis Brown Ltd, said:”We set this network up to champion our local engineering supply chain because we know this area has the capabilities to deliver. These huge projects will offer huge opportunities for companies in our region. I’d urge local engineering firms to come along and see first-hand what’s on offer.”

This event has been sponsored by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.

Engineering companies based in Tees Valley can register at:

Axiom at the NEPIC Meet the Members Conference & Exhibition 2018

Visit Axiom at Stand 90!

Axiom Engineering Associates are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at the region’s leading chemical processing and supply chain event of the year.

Now in its 8th year, and attracting more than 500 delegates, NEPIC’s annual Meet the Members Conference & Exhibition is a stand out event for the region. With investment, project news and extensive networking opportunities, the event is attended by investors, manufacturers and suppliers from across the North East’s chemical processing sector.

NEPIC (North East of England Process Industry Cluster) is an award-winning membership organisation championing the chemical-using industries in the North East of England. Privately-owned and led by industry, NEPIC work to support member companies such as Axiom to become successful and sustainable organisations in a collaborative business environment that aids growth.

This conference hosted by NEPIC will provide delegates with insight into project opportunities that lie ahead for the region, an audience with inspirational speakers and businesses showcasing their growth success stories and sharing best practices along with the ability to view and engage with exhibitors including Axiom, in an informal setting.

This event will take place on Wednesday 20th June in the Grand Marquee at the prestigious, Wynyard Hall between 9.00 a.m. – 16.00 p.m. and has been described by previous delegates as “the best and most professional event we have ever attended.”

Axiom director, Rob Johnson said, “We are thrilled to be exhibiting at this year’s event which promises to attract a wide range of visitors, both locally and nationally. We are looking forward to showcasing our offerings with the opportunity to demonstrate how we can meet the needs of both existing and potential clients. We will be available for discussion all day so we urge businesses who are considering seeking support with materials, mechanical or inspection issues to come and talk to us.”

For more information about this event, please visit:

How to….find success in failure with Axiom’s Senior Materials Engineer

In a typical year, Axiom Engineering Associates might undertake 50 metallurgical failure investigations.

Read the complete editorial in the April edition of Materials World: Spotlight: How to…find success in failure

Axiom Embraces National Apprenticeship Week

Axiom Engineering Associates continues to support a national initiative which aims to provide an alternative route to a fulfilling career.

This week, we are joining other employers and apprentices from across England to celebrate the success of apprenticeships as apart of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018) which started on the 5th March. Now in its 11th year, it is an exciting opportunity to highlight how apprenticeships benefit apprentices, business, the local community and the overall economy.

The programme provides our apprentices with the skills and knowledge to pursue their chosen discipline. As well as formal training, they work closely with experienced Axiom team members. By the time they complete the scheme, they are fully equipped with foundations for a promising and exciting career.

Current Axiom apprentices, Adam Foxton and Daniel Burridge will successfully complete their three year programme in September 2018. Following a one year BTEC: Post 16 course, Adam was recruited via local training organisation, NETA as an NDT Technician whilst Daniel, initially studied a 1 year apprenticeship in groundworks before transferring to NETA and then also secured the same role.

With Axiom, both Adam and Daniel have had a varied programme of training with “hands on” site experience which underpins their theoretical studies.

Daniel said, “I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to work for Axiom. I have met a load of new people who are passing their knowledge down to me. The last three years have flown by and I have really enjoyed the whole experience.”

Adam added, “Working with Axiom gives me the opportunity to work in a workplace that I enjoy and want to get up in the morning to. The work I do is different every day and I’m always learning.”

In their support to bridge the skills gap in the engineering industry, Axiom will be looking to recruit new apprentices again this year.

Rob Johnson, Director and Principal Mechanical Engineer concluded, “We are extremely committed to investment in our local community and growing our young people. We recognise that apprenticeships are a tremendous way in which talent can be channelled into learning whilst also being employed. We are delighted that so many of our team have developed from apprenticeship programmes and would encourage as many businesses as possible to consider this option as part of their overall business strategy.”

For more information about National Apprenticeship Week, please visit,

Axiom Celebrates Christmas Charity Donation Success

2017 finished in a flourish with a charity initiative driven by the company as a gesture of goodwill during the Christmas season.

As in previous years, rather than sending Christmas cards to all of their clients, Axiom Engineering Associates decided to make a donation for the sum of £1000 split between four separate charities nominated by their employees. Although the selection of charity proved difficult, the organisations chosen to have the opportunity to receive funds were Prostate Cancer UK, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Daisy Chain and South Tees Hospitals Charity: James Cook Hospital.

All recipients of the Axiom Christmas e-card were then asked to vote on the charities named and the donation divided according to the number of votes received. With the votes counted and verified following the Christmas break, the results of the voting translated into the award of the following donations:

  • Prostate Cancer: £445
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind: £233
  • Daisy Chain: £212
  • South Tees Hospital: £110

An additional sum of £50 was also donated to the charity selected by the winner of this year’s Axiom Christmas image organised by Guisborough Photo Group. The winner, Mrs. Enid Harrison selected, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, bringing the total awarded to this charity to £283.

Rob Johnson, Director and Principal Mechanical Engineer said, “We would like to thank everyone who took the time to read about our proposed donations detailed within this year’s Axiom Christmas e-Card and then went on to vote. Strength of the voting along with feedback from our clients has clearly demonstrated the success and support for this initiative. This will continue to remain one of our many charitable activities as part of our ongoing commitment to support the vital work carried out by both local and national charitable organisations.”

For more information, please visit each individual website at:

Axiom Support Christmas Jumper Day

Directors and staff are shown here enjoying Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 15th December in aid of the charity, Save the Children.

This charity aims to help children across sixty eight countries around the world to protect, support and give them an additional “helping hand” to learn and have brighter futures.

Axiom would like to thank everyone who made this event so successful as the total sum raised is currently standing in excess of £50.00 with donations still coming in.

For more information about the charity Save the Children, please visit

Axiom and Tees Engineering Network Event

Axiom , one of the founder members of the Tees Engineering Network (TEN) had the pleasure of helping to organise a breakfast event held last Friday at the Darlington Campus of Teesside University.

More than a hundred businesses gathered for a briefing outlining the significant opportunities that the South Tees Development Corporation Master Plan will bring to the supply chain.

The breakfast event, hosted by Tees Engineering Network (TEN) and held at the Darlington Campus of Teesside University, welcomed John McNicholas, Engineering & Programme Director at the South Tees Development Corporation who gave an overview of the Master Plan.

The 25-year plan sets out the STDC’s regeneration goals for the area and has been described as ‘the single greatest development opportunity in the UK right now.’

Bill Scott, Chief Executive of Wilton Engineering, also spoke about his company’s successful diversification from oil and gas into wind and its part in the significant ‘Steelwind’ project. Wilton Engineering secured a multi-million pound contract to build parts for a huge offshore windfarm which could create up to 150 new jobs.

John McNicholas said: “There was huge interest from guests in the Master Plan and how this incredibly ambitious programme could benefit them.

“Feedback at the event was very positive and I’m assured that everyone went away feeling enthusiastic and fully engaged with the proposals, understanding what a significant opportunity this is for businesses across Tees Valley.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen added: “Ensuring that local procurement is a key part of the Master Plan and is vitally important. The vision of the Development Corporation will see the area completely transformed into a hotbed of new industry with sustained economic growth and prosperity for the region. Businesses must be ready for the supply chain opportunities that will present themselves and events like this are crucial to share information and also to hear from businesses what they hope to achieve from the Master Plan.”

Helen Burdon, Industrial Marine Hydraulics and one of the TEN founders, said: “Tees Valley is already home to an extensive range of businesses which have the capabilities to meet the demand of our local engineering supply chain. These visionary plans will see a number of new firms come into the area and opportunities for our local supply chains will significantly increase and we stand ready to support them.”

The event was arranged with TEN as part of the South Tees Development Corporation’s consultation exercise that will end on the 30th November.

Axiom to deliver its expertise at a forthcoming industrial asset management event

Axiom Engineering Associates are delighted to announce that they will be exhibiting at a key asset management and maintenance event scheduled to take place this autumn.

Hosted by North East based membership cluster organisation, NEPIC and Automotive and Manufacturing Advanced Practice (AMAP), the “Best Practice in Industrial Asset Management” event will take place on Thursday 16th November at Hardwick Hall, Sedgefield, Co.Durham. The event aims to showcase a diverse range of productivity and maintenance case studies from the region with a distinct focus on improvement in practices in asset management. Examples will include those from a range of business areas including the Process, Automotive, Oil & Gas and Engineering sectors.

Attendance from a range of engineering management is expected to be high as this event will be of significant interest as best practices and knowledge will be shared, to support safer operations across a range of business sectors. Stockton based Axiom are pleased to support this initiative by showcasing their own broad range of asset management capabilities in addition to the demonstration of their sophisticated in-house tools and techniques used to help maintain the safe, compliant and longevity of industrial assets.

Speakers in attendance will include a principal global provider of contract development and manufacturing services for biopharmaceuticals, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnology along with an international leader in engineering, project management and construction for the energy industry, Technip with the support of the Institute of Asset Management, the professional body for all those involved in acquisition, operation and maintenance of physical assets.

Adam Potter, Axiom Director said, “This initiative is significant as it highlights the importance of effective industrial asset management to enable businesses to prosper in the current business climate and beyond. We would like to thank both NEPIC and AMAP for the opportunity to demonstrate our effective capabilities in this vital area and how we can support our clients in their drive towards managing safe and reliable assets.”

Macmillan Coffee Morning Success

Preparations were underway last week as Axiom prepared to take part in a key event in their fundraising calendar.

The world’s biggest coffee morning, which this year took place on Friday 29th September, is Macmillan Cancer Support’s largest event where participants are encouraged to meet up and have a coffee and donate the cost of their drink to Macmillan. From humble beginnings in 1990 where this took place locally, the event became so successful that it was launched on a national basis resulting in £165.5 million being raised in aid of Macmillan.

This year, Axiom were delighted to take part with staff challenged to provide an array of homemade cakes from chocolate brownies to red velvet fairy cakes. Guests with a more savoury tooth were also treated to lovingly baked cheese scones and sausage rolls. The enthusiastic bakers also ensured that those with dietary requirements were able to sample more healthy, reduced sugar and gluten free delights including stem ginger biscuits and sweet potato crisps.

With the grand total still to be confirmed as staff continue to provide donations, it is estimated so far that in excess of £110.00 has been raised for the charity.

Rob Johnson, Director and Principal Mechanical Engineer said, “Axiom were only too pleased to lend its support to such a worthy cause. As usual, our staff rose to the challenge and were committed to raising as many funds as possible. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and has set ourselves a new challenge for next year’s event, to improve further on the total donations made to Macmillan.”

For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, please visit

Axiom outperforming some of the biggest names in customer satisfaction survey

Axiom Engineering Associates Ltd is celebrating after notching up remarkable customer satisfaction scores.

Teesside-based Axiom Engineering Associates, a global leader in mechanical and materials engineering and inspection, received a customer satisfaction Net Promoter Score (NPS) of plus 83 putting it ahead of top performing brands like Netflix, Amazon and even Apple.

For the full article, see The Northern Echo here.