Over 150 business leaders heard the latest non-football news from St James Park at the North East England Chamber of Commerce’s Tyne and Wear Annual Review.
Left to right Kate Bradley, NUFC, Natasha McDonough, MMC, Chair, Chamber Sunderland area, Lesley Moody, AES Digital, Chamber President and John Earland, One Awards.
Kate Bradley, head of business development at Newcastle United, was keynote speaker at the meeting.She said the Club was very proud to take a seat at the region’s business table and set out how it was working hard to become more inclusive and sustainable.
Her speech highlighted the Club’s commitment to sustainability, a journey which started eight years ago and is still on-going. As part of this approach there is now LED lighting in all areas of St James Park, paper straws replacing plastic ones and wooden cutlery.
She said: “We want to work closely with the business community and help them to promote the region to attract investment and jobs.For example, our ground rooftop is the perfect vantage point for destination marketing as you have a virtual bird’s eye view of the whole city.
“The work of our Newcastle United Foundation is also very important to us as it supports a wide range of community projects to help disadvantaged members of society and helps young people get into employment.”
As part of the Chamber meeting Jonathan Walker, Chamber assistant director of policy outlined the main events of the past 12 months in Tyne and Wear. These included the progress on devolution with the election of Jamie Driscoll, Mayor of North of Tyne, plans coming forward for the Gateshead Conference Centre and the completion of the Silverlink roundabout.
He also said there was good news from Wearside with the on-going work at the IAMP site beside Nissan and The Beam office development which has attracted a number of high profile tenants including Ocado.
At the meeting Neil Barker of EmBark Architecture, former Vice-Chair was elected Interim Chair.
The event was sponsored by One Awards.