The region’s largest engineering and manufacturing network has appointed a network support manager to work with the team on its continued growth.

Kaye Collins has joined the Engineering and Manufacturing Network (EMN) to enhance the support currently offered to companies across the North East.

The network, led by a board of industry professionals, now engages with more than 300 organisations including some of the largest businesses within the sectors.

Kaye brings more than 12 years’ experience to the role, including time spent supporting engineering companies to grow their supply chain, improve their customer offering and think more strategically to reach their full potential.

Her clients have included SMEs and multi-nationals including the United Nations, Airbus, Hitachi, Greggs and Gestamp Tallent.

Kaye said: “I am absolutely delighted to join the team at this exciting time for the Engineering and Manufacturing Network.

“The network has grown rapidly and now works with in excess of 300 organisations being regarded as the leading support organisation for businesses within these key sectors.

“My priority is to engage with all of our of members to see what additional support we can offer, whilst also attracting new companies who can benefit from our offering. There’s so much we can do to support our members’ growth plans and with me on board, we are confident we can continue to play a key role in the growth of the engineering and manufacturing sectors in the North East, reinforcing our position as a global leader within these industries.”

Ben Gilhespy (Director of Operations) said: “Kaye is a vastly knowledgeable and experienced sector professional who understands the challenges businesses face on a daily basis. She will be a real asset to the network, enabling us to do even more for our new and existing members and ensure the network remains at the heart of the North East’s engineering and manufacturing sectors.”

Kaye will be based at Tanfield Lea Business Centre.