North East England based business support consultancy, UMi, has welcomed Engineering Manufacturing Network (EMN) to its growing network of partners delivering the best support for small businesses in the region.

The partnership aims to deepen support for engineering and manufacturing businesses in North East England by bringing together EMN’s sector knowledge and expertise with UMi’s expert business support and guidance. EMN’s passion for championing engineering and manufacturing in the region whilst offering support to its community across all aspects of business growth and success aligns closely with UMi’s ambitions to make doing business easier for small business owners across the UK.

EMN will also join a selection of other high-profile partners supporting this year’s Northern Powerhouse Export Awards, taking place in June to recognise the very best export businesses in the region.

EMN’s support comes at a time when many engineering and manufacturing businesses are facing a challenging trading environment and UMi has been working closely with them to offer support through their Sat Nav service which provides businesses with the best information and expertise on a range of topics from exporting to finance and marketing.

Suzanne McCreedy, Chief Commercial Officer of UMi said: “We are pleased to welcome EMN to our growing partner network. Together, we will be able to support even more business owners to access vital advice and expertise through our UMi Sat Nav service, enabling more engineering and manufacturing businesses to succeed. Our values align closely with those of EMN and this partnership will foster collaboration that will benefit the whole region.

“We know that engineering and manufacturing businesses contribute hugely to the local economy, and we are happy to be working with EMN to celebrate the best in export in the North East at the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards. I look forward to seeing the partnership flourish over the months to come.”

David Land, Chair of EMN said: EMN serves the entire engineering and manufacturing community. We help all the people who make companies succeed and through EMN and our partner organisations like UMi, we can support our members to rapidly overcome challenges. We’re delighted to welcome UMi into the EMN community and are also looking forward to celebrating some of our members at the Northern Powerhouse Export Awards.”