Targeting a bright future

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A HIGH-profile team of business and civic leaders has been brought together to spearhead the region’s economic revival.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (Nelep) has commissioned a team to produce a strategic review of the North East economy.

The group will be chaired by Lord Andrew Adonis, former Secretary of State for Transport and Minister for Schools.

The private sector-led review team includes Will Hutton, former editor-in-chief of the Observer; Heidi Mottram, CEO of Northumbrian Water; Lord Don Curry, leading businessman and chair of NFU Mutual; economist Bridget Rosewell, and the Bishop of Durham, The Right Rev Justin Welby.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “For too long, the UK economy has been focused on the City of London, ignoring the North East.

“This region is a place where business can thrive, where things are built and made.”

LEP chairman Paul Woolston, of Whitburn, added: “It is vital we grasp how to position ourselves to be more globally competitive, create more jobs, and ensure that all of the people in the North East have an opportunity to contribute to and benefit from economic growth.”