An influential group of industry leaders has heard how each of the major political parties would help regional business if they were to gain power in the next election.
North East Chamber of Commerce Partners support key NECC policy developments that make a difference to firms across our region, such as ensuring smaller businesses have a fair crack at large public-sector contracts and making sure skills and training support the real needs of business.
Partners were given presentations by four candidates in the upcoming European elections who outlined what they as individual Euro-MPs would do for firms across the region and what their parties can offer to business.
Judith Kirton–Darling put the case for Labour, Richard Elvin for UKIP, Ben Houchen spoke about what the Conservatives offer and Angelika Schneider the Liberal Democrats.
NECC Head of Partners Joanne Fryett said: “Having seen the signs of recovery and moved beyond the ‘green shoots’ phase, it is important that both our Government and the European Parliament put sustained private sector growth at the heart of their economic plans.
“Our Partners were pleased to be able to hear and cross-examine some of our European Parliament candidates and what both they and their parties will do to help our region’s companies improve competitiveness. .
“Partners include some of the largest employers in the region, whose contribution to the growth in private-sector jobs and business investment is immense.”
The event took place at the Newcastle Quayside offices of Bond Dickinson.
It is almost seven years since the Partners programme was introduced and membership now stands at 22.
Partners are selected to represent businesses across the range of sectors in the North East and are part of an exclusive group of members that work with NECC to influence and shape its agenda.