Bishop of Durham praises Sunderland Nissan news

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NISSAN’S Wearside success story is a real blessing, says the man who should know.

The news that the car firm is to build a new hatchback model at its Sunderland plant from 2014 – creating 225 jobs at the factory and 900 in the supply chain – has been welcomed by the Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Justin Welby.

“I was very pleased to learn of this great piece of news,” said Bishop Justin.

“This is a very positive affirmation of the skills and abilities of the people and economy of the North East to compete on a world stage and to be truly world class.

“This announcement, coming as it does after Easter, a time of renewal, hope and positiveness in the Christian calendar, is very appropriate and very welcomed.

“The North East has suffered more than most regions in the economic downturn with more than 12 per cent unemployment in some communities. This news will be a much-needed boost for our regional economy.

“It is appropriate at this time of year to note that there are no ‘Doubting Thomases’ regarding this announcement when it come to the belief in the passion, skills and pride of the North East, and I urge other businesses leaders to take note and have another look at what the North East might do for their business.”

The chief executive of car dealer Bristol Street Motors also welcomed the news. The North East firm owns several Nissan dealerships nationwide.

“Nissan’s announcement for further investment into its plant in Sunderland is great news for the UK and particularly the North East,” said Robert Forrester, CEO of parent group Vertu Motors.

“It shows complete confidence in North East workmanship and the flexibility and reliability of its workforce.

“Once the production of both models announced begins, it is predicted that the annual output from the Sunderland plant will be approximately 550,000 vehicles, which is a serious achievement.

“Nissan is a popular choice with our customers and we have seen a significant sales increase over the past two years. Introducing brand new models into our dealerships, which have been manufactured in the North East, will be a very proud moment for our outlets.

“The investment will not only boost confidence in the North East’s economy, but the effects will also be felt throughout all areas of the automotive supply chain.”

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