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The North East's largest business membership organisation has teamed with a leading think tank to examine ways of turning the region into a gateway to the rest of the world.

The North East Chamber of Commerce and IPPR will hold a series of “International Gateway” seminars to examine connectivity in the North East The North East's largest business membership organisation has teamed with a leading think tank to examine ways of turning the region into a gateway to the rest of the world.

The North East Chamber of Commerce and IPPR will hold a series of "International Gateway" seminars to examine connectivity in the North East and how it is key to building on current export success.

Connectivity is vital to the future prospects of North East businesses. This series of discussions will further highlight regional strengths and weaknesses in our transport infrastructure and follows collaborative work by NECC and the CBI earlier this year which highlighted a shortlist of essential North East transport priorities.

This series of events is part of a research project being run by IPPR in association with the North East Chamber of Commerce to explore the North East's potential as an international gateway.

Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North, said:

"If the North East is to maintain its number one status as the only region with a positive balance of trade then international connectivity is vital.

"Ports, airports and broadband are three of the most critical factors supporting connectivity and these - along with road and rail - will be the focus of our seminar series. We're very keen to hear from businesses about how we develop the infrastructure we need to boost international trade."

The events will take place across May and early June. Each event will bring together key players from business, academia, transport providers and local and national government to discuss and debate the emerging findings from the research and to consider key priorities.

NECC Infrastructure Specialist, Mark Stephenson, said:

"This series of discussions with businesses and other organisations has been designed to feed in to the research, and explore in depth the strengths and weaknesses of North East connectivity, and how the different modes of transport and communication interact with one another.

"The issue of connectivity is key to stimulating regional economic growth and building on our unsurpassed strengths in exports."

The events are:

Electronic connectivity

Tuesday 14 May, 9:00 – 11:00, Digital City, Tees Valley

This event will look at how the region connects digitally and will discuss how the emerging broadband landscape can open up new opportunities for trade and economic development.

Internal Connectivity

Thursday 23 May, 15:30 – 17:30, Vermont Hotel, central Newcastle

This event will look in detail at how internal connectivity within the North East and its neighbouring regions supports international trade, with particular emphasis on road and rail.

International Connectivity

Thursday 6 June, 11:00 – 13:00, Vermont Hotel, central Newcastle

This event will look in detail at how the North East trades overseas, with a particular emphasis on the role of ports and airports.

To book a place at all or any of these events, please email north@ippr.org, letting us know which ones you would like to attend.