Chamber marks 200 years and counting

Under the brollies at the front are Julie Underwood (International Trade Director), James Ramsbotham (CEO) and Ross Smith (Director of Policy).
Under the brollies at the front are Julie Underwood (International Trade Director), James Ramsbotham (CEO) and Ross Smith (Director of Policy).

The region’s leading business lobby group has kicked off a 12-month celebration of everything that is great about the past, present and future of North East business.

It comes as the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) marks its bicentenary year in 2015.

For two centuries, the group has fought for change to empower regional business, standing shoulder to shoulder with its members, working as hard for the giants of industry as it has for our one-man band innovators.

NECC Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, said: “We are starting 2015 with a real bang – an enormous party that not only marks this historic milestone in the Chamber’s history, but also signals the beginning of a 12-month celebration of North East business.

“It is vital for us that we share this celebration with members, employees and the region as a whole.

“We want to showcase the things our region does well, champion our great innovators and, most importantly, swell our ranks to ensure our region’s voice is heard loud and clear beyond our borders.

“The foundations of what would become the modern North East Chamber of Commerce may have been created 200 years ago, but the principle of business being stronger collectively than acting as individuals are as relevant today as they were then.

“We are the only regional business membership organisation that works solely for the benefit of the region and becoming a member makes us stronger.

“The stronger we are the louder our voice, the louder our voice the more we are heard and the more we are heard the greater the opportunity to campaign, influence and change things for the better.”

On Monday, a day of events and celebrations took place in Newcastle.