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Economic Outlook Offers Food for Thought at Partner Meeting

 

The latest meeting for the leading members of the North East Chamber of Commerce took place recently, to discuss the changing economic landscape in the region and across the UK.

The latest meeting for the leading members of the North East Chamber of Commerce took place recently, to discuss the changing economic landscape in the region and across the UK.

NECC Partners met on Friday 23 September at Gateshead College's Greenhouse Brasserie, which opened in early 2010, and were joined by special guest Dennis Turner, chief economist at HSBC.

In a week in which further uncertainty has been cast on many global economies, Dennis was able to provide timely and expert insight into the current state of the UK economy and his thoughts on the future.

Dennis began his career at the National Economic Development Office in Whitehall and, as chief economist at HSBC, heads a team advising bankers on economic trends both within industry sectors and at national and international level. In the current economic climate, he is in high demand as a speaker for events such as the NECC Partner Meetings.

Throughout his career Dennis has had regular contact with policy-making bodies. In a personal capacity, he was one of a small number of private sector economists who advised the pre-Blair Labour Party and still retains high level Government contacts.

Aside from his career in economics Dennis is also an accomplished writer and has had numerous worlds published including the definitive history of Fulham Football Club, the case for an Industrial Investment Bank and critiques of Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and Ray Charles.

NECC head of partners Jo Fryett said:

"Having a speaker of Dennis Turner's stature certainly provided a fantastic talking point for our latest event.

"Dennis is a superb speaker and his abundant knowledge and economic expertise helped to create a very lively debate!"

The meeting was also the opportunity for NECC president and former head of partners, John Mowbray, to formally hand over his responsibility to Alastair Thomson of Partner Member Teesside University.

Jo Fryett added:

"On behalf of NECC partners I would like to thank John Mowbray for his tireless efforts throughout his time as head of partners and wish him well in his position as NECC president.

"I would also like to extend our congratulations to Alastair Thomson and I am confident he will continue the work which John has accomplished over the last few years."
NECC Partners are selected to represent businesses across the range of sectors in the North East and are part of an exclusive group of members that work with NECC to influence and shape its agenda.