Northern Chambers response to ‘One North’ proposal

Six Chambers of Commerce in the North of England, including NECC, have responded to the ‘One North’ proposals on transport put forward by a group of local authorities. The original proposals were a pitch for £15bn investment in better connecting the North, issued by five councils including Newcastle. They were welcomed by Chancellor George Osborne amid hopes he will begin to address this in his forthcoming Autumn Statement.

The paper states the Chambers’ support for the concept and sets out the essential principles we wish to see built upon. NECC believes there are still important details to be addressed, including ensuring the important role of North East airports is well recognised. However, we believe the opportunity to deliver major investment in the North East and wider North should be seized. The full response can be seen here.

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Airports Commission Consultation

The Airports Commission has published for consultation its assessment of proposals for additional runway capacity at Gatwick and Heathrow airports.  The consultation presents the commission’s analysis of the proposals shortlisted by the commission last year with two for expansion at Heathrow Airport and one proposal at Gatwick Airport.

It invites public comment on the commission’s detailed consideration of each proposal. This includes analysis of the cost of each proposal, the effect on communities of noise, property loss and construction, and the economic benefits and environmental impacts.

NECC is supportive of runway expansion at Heathrow which plays a huge role for North East business as well as tourists travelling to and from the region. Having recently wrote to the Commission on behalf of 20 Chambers of Commerce all supportive of Heathrow expansion NECC will be responding in order to once again set out the case for Heathrow based on the role it plays for regional airports such as Newcastle International.  To view the consultation documents please click here. The consultation closes 3 February 2015.

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Survey on JEREMIE2 finance programme

NECC members are asked to give their view on how the JEREMIE2 investment scheme should operate in the North East. JEREMIE is a European Investment Bank-backed programme that has supported business growth in the North East through a series of funds investing almost £110m since 2010. The next phase of this is now being drawn up and the project team, including both LEPs in the region, would like to know business views and experiences. You can complete the survey here.

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NECC Housing Report launch in partnership with Watson Burton

NECC and law firm Watson Burton have jointly produced a major report into housing in the North East. Based on a survey of businesses in the sector and the wider supply chain, interviews with a series of industry figures and stakeholders, and overseen by an expert Task Group, the report will lay out the contribution housing can make to the regional economy.

The report will be launched at a breakfast event at 8:00-9:45 on December 2 at Gateshead College’s Skills Academy for Construction, Team Valley. 

For full details or to register your interest in the event please click here.

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Select Committee evidence on HS2

NECC gave evidence yesterday to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee inquiry into HS2. NECC stated our support for HS2 in order to address major capacity issues on north-south rail lines. However, we called for it to be extended further north, and pointed out the need for investment in conventional lines in order that freight and passenger services to the region will benefit. We also made clear this should complement road and air connections, rather than being seen as an alternative.

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