Lesley Moody, President, North East England Chamber of Commerce said:
“The Chamber is the voice of the North East. My company, AES Digital Solutions, like many of our members joined the Chamber to ensure our views were heard at a local, regional and national level. Through the Chamber’s influence the region’s voice is heard by the Chancellor and it has never been more true that together we grow stronger.
“It is so important Government keeps its promise to level up our region and we will continue to hold their feet to the fire to ensure it happens. The country’s economy needs to be rebalanced to help tackle issues such as our high unemployment. I believe greater devolution would also help enable us to boost productivity and encourage growth. We could be far more effective as businesses and as a region if more decisions could be made on a local basis. It seems to me to be a ‘no brainer’ that greater freedom to solve problems, quickly and without unnecessary constraints would help us grow our regional economy”