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Is the North East Fit for the Future?

 

North East businesses are being urged to help set the economic priorities for the region at a one-off event next week.

North East businesses are being urged to help set the economic priorities for the region at a one-off event next week.

In an era of cutbacks within the public sector businesses will be expected to drive wealth creation and recovery. Economic strategy must reflect this, with businesses informing and directing Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) policy from the outset.

"North East Infrastructure: Are We Fit for the Future?" is a conference pulling together the region's business leaders to ensure the North East's private sector voice is heard when infrastructure priorities are set.

Over 80 companies have already signed up for the conference next Thursday, but more are being urged to attend to help establish clear and defined areas where investment would have the most impact.

The event, which is being organised by the North East Chamber of Commerce, includes speakers from both North East Local Enterprise Partnerships, BT, Eversheds, Fore Consulting and RenewPlus and will focus on the key infrastructure areas of:

• Energy: Harnessing the huge potential in North East energy sector
• Transport: Prioritising support and growing surface and air access to markets
• Resources: Preventing North East assets being undersold
• Digital: Ensuring that broadband coverage is rolled effectively

NECC Policy Advisor, Mark Stephenson, said:

"This conference offers people the chance to address the barriers to growth affecting their own businesses and help establish NECC lobbying priorities.

"Are We Fit for the Future? will also ensure the priorities of the private sector are aligned with those of the public sector and further cement business's relationships with the Local Enterprise Partnerships, establishing a united North East voice."