Businesses urged to join the transport debate in the wake of Scottish referendum result

The Journal and The Gazette's upcoming Transport Links Breakfast, in association with East Coast, will follow the referendum result

East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station
East Coast train at Newcastle Central Station

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Businesses serious about the future of the North East following the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum are urged to attend one of the first events following the result.

Graham Robb, chair of The Journal and The Gazette’s upcoming Transport Links Breakfast, in association with East Coast, says the panel event is a must for North East firms who want to play a part in shaping the region.

The discussion on September 25 at Ramside Hall Hotel, hot on the heels of the referendum result, features a panel of top business and political leaders, including:

* Martin Turner, head of Sales, East Coast;

* Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick upon Tweed and director of the Dual the A1 Campaign Group;

* Rachel Turnbull, chief executive office of TT2 Limited (Tyne Tunnels);

* Stephen Catchpole, chief executive of Tees Valley Unlimited Local Enterprise Partnership;

* Graeme Mason, planning and corporate affairs director at Newcastle International Airport.

* Matthew Hunt, Port director at Port of Sunderland

* James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce

Mr Robb, founder of Darlington-based Recognition Marketing and PR, said: “It will be the first event after the Scottish Referendum result which gets senior business people together - and transport plays such a huge part in how the dynamic between the North East and Scotland will play out as a result thereafter.

“It doesn’t stop with the referendum result. There will be a huge amount debated in the region after September 19’s events - and the result is likely to bring the North East’s infrastructure capacity into sharp focus.

“We need to be thorough in how we approach transport as a region and this event will be a key part of that progress. I really urge businesses in the region to consider the breakfast and make sure their voice is heard at this crucial time.”

The Transport Breakfast takes place on September 25 at Ramside Hall Hotel, County Durham, from 7.30am – 10.30am.

To reserve your table/tickets, or for further information log onto www.thejournal.co.uk/businessbreakfasts . Alternatively contact Lesley Hampson, event manager on 0191 201 6435 or email lesley.hampson@trinitymirror.com.

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