Sunderland Scots among businessmen relieved by independence vote

Centre Manager at The Bridges, Andy Bradley

Centre Manager at The Bridges, Andy Bradley

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NORTH East business leaders also spoke of their happiness at the decision.

Manager of the Bridges in Sunderland, Andy Bradley, himself a Scot, was happy that his country had chosen no because of the possible implications for business south of the border.

New Sunderland Business Improvemnt District (BID) CEO Ken Dunbar

New Sunderland Business Improvemnt District (BID) CEO Ken Dunbar

“I’m pleased it’s a not because of the uncertainty and instability it could have brought at this time of year was unknown,” said Mr Bradley. “Retailers trade for 12 months of the year and a yes vote could have been seriously disruptive for the economy.

“Now, the waves need to be calmed and hopefully the respective governments will work towards that.

“This is the best situation for Britain.”

Another Scot, Ken Dunbar, who is chief executive of Sunderland’s Business Improvement District, said he was “very relieved” that the union would not be breaking up. “I’m a proud Scot, a proud Brit and a proud European and my argument was that you can’t complain about isolation and then campaign for isolation from the union and Europe.

“I’m sure Scotland could have managed being an independent country, but I think we have to think about the UK and the effect it would have had on other countries.”

North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive, James Ramsbotham, said: “The North East has strong business links with Scotland and economic health north of the border can only be a good thing for a vibrant regional economy. Let us take this opportunity to further build relationships and make the most of the strong links we already have, particularly in the process industry and oil and gas sectors.”