Chamber unveils 2016 manifesto for North East businesses

Mike Matthews, president of the North East Chamber of Commerce.
Mike Matthews, president of the North East Chamber of Commerce.

The North East Chamber of Commerce has shown its resolution at the start of the new year by unveiling a manifesto for 2016.

The region’s largest business membership organisation has drawn up a list of its priorities for the year ahead based on feedback from its members and business leaders across the region.

They include ensuring that the region punches its weight on the national stage and has the ability to shape its own future and improving interaction with the wider world to create new opportunities for businesses.

It also wants to see North East businesses provided with better access to markets and customers, to support business environments that encourage growth and enterprise and ensure firms are able to access the right talent and invest in skills for the future.

Chamber President Mike Matthews said: “Last year, on behalf with our members and colleagues, we celebrated successes and supported the region through disappointments.

“We championed devolution to the North East, encouraged business to bring operations back to the region and facilitated the development of stronger links between business and education.

“We constantly look to support North East business and support our members, and this year is no different.

“We have set ambitious, achievable targets. It is a simple aim, but with complex and unique challenges.

“The priorities proposed in this manifesto aim to make the North East the most welcoming business environment in the country.

“Our region is the engine room for the Northern Powerhouse, and 2016 promises to be a year of significant change. Together we grow stronger, and now we can add our weight to a collective northern roar.”

The manifesto was developed through extensive consultation with the thousands of businesses that make up the chamber’s membership, including surveys, face-to-face get-togethers and through a network of meetings and policy forums.

For further details, see www.necc.co.uk/policy/manifesto