Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chamber of Commerce Sets out 2016 Priorities

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chamber of Commerce Sets out 2016 Priorities

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Byline: NECC COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

THE North East Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its Manifesto for 2016 as it prepares to power ahead as the region's business voice.

The region's largest business membership organisation has devised its priorities for the year ahead based on feedback from its members and business leaders from across the region. With five fundamental campaigns, the Manifesto represens how North East business people believe we can grow stronger, remain competitive and secure a successful future.

Priorities for the year ahead have been set out at local, national and international level, starting with its Influential North East campaign, to ensure the region punches its weight on the national stage and has the ability to shape its own future.

The remaining four campaigns in the manifesto are: Global North East - to improve interaction with the wider world to create new opportunities for businesses.

Connected North East - to provide North East businesses with better access to markets and customers.

Competitive North East - to support local business environments that encourage growth and enterprise.

Working North East - to ensure businesses are able to access the right talent and invest in skills for the future.

NECC President Mike Matthews MBE aims to build on progress made in 2015 to ensure the North East's voice is heard loud and clear.

"Last year, on behalf with our members and colleagues, we celebrated successes and supported the region through disappointments.

"We championed devolution to the North East, encouraged business to bring operations back to the region and facilitated the development of stronger links between business and education. We constantly look to support North East business and support our members, and this year is no different.

"We have set ambitious, achievable targets. It is a simple aim, but with complex and unique challenges. The priorities proposed in this Manifesto aim to make the North East the most welcoming business environment in the country. …

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