We need a strong Scotland say North East businesses

The region's business community said forging links with a strong Scotland could be good for the region

Paul Woolston
Paul Woolston

The region’s business community has called for a strong Scotland whatever the outcome of this week’s referendum.

Paul Woolston, chair of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership said the North East needs to make the most of relationships over the Border whether Scotland votes yes or no for independence.

He said: “Our region’s common borders and natural cultural ties mean that, whatever the outcome of this week’s referendum, we want to see a strong Scotland going forward.

“The North East needs to be strategic in its outlook to make the most of well-established relationships in its future dealings with the Scottish business community and public sector.

“We trade well with our competitors, including Scotland. We should aim to find where we can strengthen alliances and joint ventures, and pursue synergies from infrastructure investment between the North East and our near neighbours as a priority.

“This week’s focus on an increasingly assertive Scotland underlines the importance of the North East effectively co-ordinating its efforts to appeal to private and public sectors in Scotland, the UK and globally to create new investment and more, better jobs in our region.”

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