North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) bosses are flying high after securing Heathrow Airport as a key sponsor of the organisation’s 200th anniversary gala dinner.
The UK’s busiest airport will be sponsoring the drinks at the event on Palace Green and Durham Cathedral on Thursday, September 17.
Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye is no stranger to the North East and met members at NECC’s President Club lunch earlier this year.
“It’s been 200 years of leadership that has seen the North East become a symbol of British innovation and industry,” he said.
“That is an astonishing milestone and a testament to the pioneering spirit of the North East and the Chamber.
“We’re delighted to be a part of this year’s 200th anniversary and look forward to celebrating the Chamber’s success in September.
NECC chief executive James Ramsbotham, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to have Heathrow Airport supporting our biggest ever event.
“Heathrow Airport is especially important to the North East as it is a key link for Newcastle Airport with approximately 500,000 passengers flying there annually, half of them on business. It is also critical for the North East’s tourism economy.
“For a major international transport hub to be supporting NECC and our members at our biggest event during our anniversary year is wonderful. To be able to celebrate this milestone at an icon of our region, Durham Cathedral, makes it even more special.”