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Business Champions Celebrated at NECC Dinner


A gala evening celebrating outstanding business achievement in the North of the region was held last night.

A gala evening celebrating outstanding business achievement in the North of the region was held last night.

The North East Chamber of Commerce Annual Tyne and Northumberland Dinner attracted over 300 guests from across the business spectrum to acknowledge the excellent work of companies in what has been another challenging year.

Newcastle Civic Centre played host to this year's event, which included two inspirational speakers; Olympic double gold medal winner Dame Kelly Holmes and HM Revenue and Customs Chairman, Mike Clasper CBE.

NECC President, John Mowbray, said:

"The Tyne and Northumberland Dinner was very much an evening of champions with a room packed with people operating at the very forefront of their respective fields.

"It is fair to say that the last few years have proved exceptionally challenging for the North East, but despite the tough economic conditions we continue to perform.

"This event not only celebrates the achievements of regional companies, it is also a demonstration of our unity as a regional business community. As champions of North East business, NECC is proud to be able to host this prestigious event and pay tribute to the pioneering work being carried out across the north of region."

John praised the motivational addresses from Dame Kelly and Mike Clasper.

Speaking after the event, Dame Kelly said:

"Having visited and competed in the North East many times I have always enjoyed a warm welcome and last night proved no exception.

"While I always hope that recounting my successes on the track and the personal challenges I have overcome may inspire others, I too was inspired to hear of the many business successes and exciting projects happening here in the North East."

Originally from Sunderland, Mike Clasper talked about his enduring professional and personal relationship with his native North East and discussed the improvements being driven within HMRC, especially in customer service.

He said:

"The overwhelming majority of businesses are compliant, paying the taxes they owe on time. Our aim is to support these businesses to make transacting with HMRC as painless as possible and helping them when times are tough, such as by giving them time to pay.

"But some businesses deliberately cheat their taxes, under cutting their competitors and we are come after them. Our enforcement division is raising record revenues by cracking down on bad businesses."

The NECC Tyne and Northumberland Dinner was sponsored by Gateshead College.