North East needs to be properly heard - NECC
A clearer and more consistent voice is needed "to make sure we in the North East are heard properly", according to the chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce.
What is required, believes James Ramsbotham, is for "everyone – trade bodies, businesses and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) – to work together to present a united voice. Ultimately our objectives are all the same."
"Since the Scottish independence referendum, Westminster has suddenly taken the North of England much more seriously," added Ramsbotham. "But as a region we don’t always have the political voice that we need here in the North East."
Ramsbotham was speaking at Insider's latest economic forum event in the North East – Doing Business in Durham Tees Valley. Also on the speaking panel were Simon Goon, who heads Durham’s business support agency Business Durham and Neil Kenley, business investment director at the Tees Valley Unlimited LEP.
Kenley called for more collaborative relationships to be built with appropriate bodies and businesses in other parts of northern England. He said: "We cannot just have a North East voice - we need to work with other LEPs in the north, especially in Leeds and West Yorkshire, in order to have a big enough impact down in Westminster."
The event attracted almost 100 busines leaders who heard from seven expert speakers, including the leaders of four local companies. The audience heard about their experiences, their challenges and their strategies for growth.
For a full report on Doing Business in Durham Tees Valley click here.