Movers and shakers of the Tees Valley business community have gathered to discuss their top priorities for the region.
Members of the North East Chamber of Commerce met at Jurys Inn in Middlesbrough for its Annual Review and Annual General Meeting.
Rachel Anderson, Chamber Assistant Director for Policy Tees Valley & Energy, summarised some of the big wins for the Tees Valley over the last year such as securing major sporting events including the September’s Great North CityGames in Stockton.
She said: “This is something that will bring a huge amount of visitors to the area and really put Stockton on the map.”
Other sporting events set to be held in the region include Redcar hosting a stage of Tour De Yorkshire in 2020 and the Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium hosting a men’s group game for the Rugby League World Cup 2021.
Rachel said the events were “a real vote of confidence in the Tees Valley” and gave recognition to the Tees Valley Combined Authority for its work in securing them.
Guests at the event were also told – after consultations with Chamber members – which projects have the organisation’s backing, such as the decision to bring Teesside International Airport back into public ownership and continued efforts to improve connectivity from Darlington and Middlesbrough railway stations.
Also at the event Darush Dodds, Head of Corporate Affairs at construction company Esh Group, spoke about the importance of social responsibility.
Darush said: “It is really important for us that wherever we are operating we put something back into the community.”
Andrew Fulton, Head of Operations at ICL Boulby was a guest speaker at the event. He talked about the challenges faced by the ever-evolving mining company throughout its 50-year history.
It is now the only company in the world to be mining polyholite – which can be used as a fertiliser. It has plans to mine 1m tonnes per year by 2020.
At the meeting Simon Wake, of Endeavour Partnership, was appointed Chair of the Chamber’s Tees Valley Committee. Patrick Masheder, of Real Results Marketing, and Jo Hand, of The Human Group North East were appointed as Vice Chairs.