Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

LEP Chief Is Guest of Honour; HONOURS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

LEP Chief Is Guest of Honour; HONOURS

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Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

ONE of the key figures in a drive to bring major investment to the North East will be the guest of honour at the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards ceremony next month.

Ed Twiddy, director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, will deliver the keynote speech at the event at BALTIC, the Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead, on Friday, October 4. In his role at the North East LEP, Mr Twiddy was instrumental in commissioning the review of the region's economy by former Cabinet Minister Lord Adonis.

The subsequent Adonis Report has created a blueprint designed to drive the North East forward via investment in infrastructure, employment, skills and business.

Before becoming Director at the LEP in 2012, Ed was deputy director of local government and regional policy at the Treasury, a role which saw him help to shape the structure of the LEP network across the country and advise on issues such as Enterprise Zones.

Ed is no stranger to the North East, having studied at Durham University in the late 1980s and early 1990s and again between 1992 and 1995 for his PhD.

He then worked for consultancies attached to Durham University and has also worked for the UN and the Government in Iraq and on international boundary disputes in Arabia and Asia.

Speaking about his forthcoming appearance at the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards, Ed Twiddy said: "I am delighted to have been asked to give the keynote speech at what is an important occasion in the North East's business calendar.

"The companies at the awards are the real standard-bearers for the region and are showing the way when it comes to creating jobs, prosperity and investment for the North East.

"The work which we at the LEP do is aimed at encouraging and developing exactly the same kind of entrepreneurial spirit and can-do attitude which is epitomised by those in the Fastest 50. …

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