Contact Magazine

Timely, value added content on a variety of business topics

Contact magazine is the authoritative voice of the Chamber, published by North East Times. Through a range of independent and commercial content, readers access relevant and specialist advice on the issues that relate to their businesses and the economical landscape of the North East.


“The North East England Chamber of Commerce can be a real conduit and advocator for change.” Those words belong not to me, but this edition’s cover star Nagma Ebanks-Beni, and
they couldn’t be more apt.

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As this edition of CONTACT went to print, we were gripped – once more – by uncertainty, with the Omicron COVID-19 variant providing a fresh twist to a landscape already in a state of
perpetual flux.
As it has for nearly the last two years, change just keeps on coming, and the need to adapt and adjust to this evolving environment remains critical.

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ISSUE 10: Summer

Normality – can we even say we know what it means anymore? Such have been the changes to our lives since March last year that any semblance of routine and regularity has become masked – pun very much intended – by unbounded uncertainty.

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ISSUE 9: Looking to the Future

In the ninth instalment, it’s fair to say the first proper signs of optimism can be seen appearing over the horizon – and not just in the Tees Valley’s recent double Budget boost. Hear from FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, Womble Bond Dickinson, North East Child Poverty Commission and more.

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ISSUE 8: Growing Skills for the New World

As ever with CONTACT, this issue has a theme, which this time centres upon people and skills. Read more about members working together to create solutions for issues created by COVID-19, and also our recently launched Race, Ethnicity and Discrimination Commission.

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ISSUE 7: Connectivity

In Issue 7 we focussed on members that help make the North East’s commercial environment such a vibrant and progressive place and play a crucial role in connecting the region to the rest of the world. Hear from UK Pods, Port of Tyne, LV Shipping and more.

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ISSUE 6: Innovation and Sustainability

It’s fitting that the theme of this first edition in 2020 is Sustainability and Innovation – exciting and inspirational forward-thinking topics for the start of a new year… and talking of the new year – I wonder what the most popular business new year resolutions will be? Perhaps improving sustainability, growing your business, increasing international trade, introducing flexible working,

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ISSUE 5: Physical and Digital Connectivity

In issue 5, read about creating a digital savvy workforce and why the North East must take a lead on digital connectivity amongst other articles on physical and digital connectivity.

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ISSUE 4: Thinking Funding

In this Issue hear from Sir James Mackey, who started his career in the NHS in 1990 as a qualified accountant and, following a number of senior roles, assumed his current position as chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare in 2005. With features on Business Durham, Northstar Ventures and more.

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ISSUE 3: Connecting the region

This issue of Contact focuses on something which is at the heart of so much of our business success – connectivity and transport. Without great links, not only around the region, but also around the country and the rest of the world, we would struggle to find new markets and deliver products and services

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ISSUE 2: People First

In issue 2 we caught up with Darlington Hippodrome theatre and Tall Tales Mysteries to hear about how they teamed up to present a special performance. We also heard from The Wonderful Wig Company, Bernicia and MMC.

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ISSUE 1: Beyond Europe

The all-new Contact magazine will be the authoritative voice of the Chamber, North East England’s largest member organisation. Our first new issue focuses on the theme of Beyond Europe. Hear from some fantastic ground-breaking and world leading companies thriving and blazing a trail from the region.

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