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Tees Valley AGM hears of airport success


The importance of Durham Tees Valley airport to the area’s economy was spelt out at the North East England Chamber of Commerce’s Tees Valley Annual Review and AGM.

Photo caption: left to right James Ramsbotham, Michael McConnell, David Grant and Warren Harrison at Gisborough Hall before the Chamber’s Tees Valley Review and AGM.

Held at Gisborough Hall the guests heard David Grant, managing director of the airport announce the return of leisure summer sun holidays which will attract new passengers.

He said: “Our airport is vital to the Tees Valley economy and also vital if the area is to reap the full benefit of devolution. The announcement of the new flights with Balkan Holidays is great news and we need to build on this. We have to sell the region as a market and a destination. Airlines do not fly to airports; they fly to regions, businesses and tourist attractions.”

He made the case for public investment in the airport which he said provides potential economic and social benefits. As part of his speech David Grant also outlined the £6m investment Peel, which owns the airport, will be making this year, including a new radar and security equipment.

James Ramsbotham, Chamber chief executive told the guests the highlights of the year in Tees Valley including the great strides forward on devolution. He also stressed the potential of the South Tees Development site and the good news on the Middlesbrough train station regeneration.

The Chamber Review and AGM was sponsored by Teesside University and Warren Harrison, Associate Dean (International) Teesside University Business School, stressed the importance of the links between them and businesses. He said there were opportunities for students to work with huge global brands as well as SMEs for both parties’ mutual benefit.

At the meeting Michael McConnell, PD Ports, was re-elected Chair of the Tees Valley area with Simon Wake of Endeavour Partnership legal firm elected Vice-Chair.