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Chamber statement on employment statistics April 2017


​Paul Carbert, policy adviser, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: The figures published this morning are generally positive for the region.

“Unemployment in the North East is at the lowest level and rate since March 2008, and the number of people in work is near record levels.

“Over the past year, the unemployment rate has fallen further in the North East than any other English region, and the difference between the national unemployment rate and the unemployment rate in the North East has shrunk too.

“With the introduction of the apprenticeship levy this month, we must ensure that the apprenticeship funding system works for businesses in the North East, and that workers are able to access training and upskilling opportunities”.

Bid and Research Development, an award winning Bid writing consultancy who have secured over £2.7 Billion worth of contracts for their customer base in the last 3 years, reflect this positivity.

Tim Ward, managing director, said: “In the last quarter we have seen a number of our clients increase employment activity as a result of contract wins both in and outside of the region.

“Some exciting local companies such as Enterprise Made Simple and Vistech Security Services are showing real ambition winning contracts nationally”.