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Euro Referendum Debates 2016

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

27th May and 3rd June will see two regional debates ahead of the EU Referendum in June. It is vital that the region’s business community and key regional stakeholders have an opportunity to debate and consider the arguments both to remain and leave the European Union. The debate on Friday 27th May shall be between James Wharton MP and Phil Wilson MP. The debate on Friday 3rd June shall be between Sir William Cash MP and Pat McFadden MP.

Richard Moss, Political Editor of the BBC North East will Chair both events. Both events are FREE to attend. The events start at 12.00 noon with a half hour buffet lunch and the debates will last until 2.00 pm. For more information and details of how to register to attend please contact BeaconHouse Events by calling 0191 269 6974 or email

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The future of 21st Century car safety – the North East leading in Europe and the World

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Dear Colleague

I’m delighted to invite you to a special event to celebrate the presentation of the Global NCAP award to the University of Sunderland.

We’ll be joined by David Ward, Global NCAP’s Secretary General, who will be talking about the important work undertaken by the North East Automotive sector in relation to improving road safety standards across Europe.

Former MEP Alan Donnelly received the Global NCAP award in July for his work on car safety standards legislation, which have since become the global standard on crash testing.

Alan will be formally presenting his award to the University of Sunderland in recognition of their research in Graphene, which could develop the technologies for the next generation of vehicle safety – allowing cars to be lighter and greener, without compromising safety.

I’d be pleased if you could join me on Friday, 12th February, 12noon, at the National Glass Centre, for the presentation and lunch.

To secure your place please RSVP to by 5th February.

Yours sincerely

Iain Malcolm

NEEF EVENT, Thursday 15th October 2015

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Dear Friend,
I am delighted to invite you to join me for this year’s North East Economic Forum conference, which will take place on Thursday 15th October 2015 at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland.

The conference this year will be celebrating the positive impact of Japanese investment in the North East of England and looking at how we develop the employment and skills agenda necessary to rebalance the region’s economy.

I am delighted that the conference will be addressed by His Excellency, Mr Keiichi Hayashi, Japans Ambassador to the UK, a senior Government Minister and a member of the Labour Party’s shadow cabinet. In addition we shall hear from the Philip Rycroft the Head of the UK Governance Group at the Cabinet Office as to the Devolution next steps.

The event starts with a buffet lunch/networking session from 12noon, with the conference commencing at 1pm, the conference will close at 4pm.

We will publish the programme in the next few days, but in the meantime, please let me know if you will be able to attend the conference please register your details by Clicking Here.

If you have any queries about this event please contact Nicky Wilkinson on

I look forward to seeing you again on the 15th October!

Best wishes,

Adam Boulton
Conference Chair

Patrick Diamond’s Devolution Report

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Dear Colleague,

As part of the on-going discussions within the Region, as to whether we should have an elected Mayor for the North East, please find below a link to  a discussion paper prepared by Patrick Diamond.


The Paper, whilst not endorsing an elected-Mayor model, makes clear that the Region should consider the formation of an indirectly Regional Chamber to scrutinise the work not only of the Mayor, but also the Combined Authority and NE LEP.


Nick Kemp
Head of Operations

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Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP Addresses the Forum, Thurs 26th February, Sage Gateshead

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Dear Colleague

As part of our programme of events, I am delighted to advise that the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, the former Chancellor, has agreed to address a lunchtime seminar on behalf of the North East Economic Forum.

As the Chair of the “Better Together” campaign, Alistair was at the forefront of the NO to Independence campaign in Scotland but helped negotiate the devolving of more powers and responsibilities to Scotland. His insight into how he achieved this will be extremely relevant as the North East of England continues its own drive for more devolved powers to the region.

The event shall be held in the Barbour room and a buffet lunch will be served from 11.45 am on the foyer outside Hall Two. When you arrive at the Sage head up to the 1st floor, outside Hall 2 where we will have a registration desk set up.  The address will commence at 12.30 in the Barbour room.

St Mary’s Square,
Gateshead Quays,

For directions and parking information please CLICK HERE.

Demand for this event is likely to be high so please ensure you book early to reserve a seat. To RSVP please CLICK HERE by ASAP.

Hugh Morgan Williams
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Rachel Reeves MP Address 17th October Wynyard Rooms

Monday, October 13th, 2014

As part of the North East Economic Forums programme of events, I am delighted to invite you to join me at an event with Rachel Reeves MP, Shadow Secretary of State at the DWP on 17th October at the Wynyard Rooms.


Rachel Reeves recently said:

“There will be tough decisions on resources and priorities for the next Labour government. But we will also target the deeper causes of rising welfare spending by building a recovery that leaves no one behind.

That’s how we ensure a system that is fair and affordable, so we can keep up the fight against child and pensioner poverty, upholding and renewing the principles our welfare state was built on: responsibilities and opportunities for all who can work; dignity for those who cannot; hard work and contribution recognised and rewarded.”

This NEEF event will give Rachel an opportunity to expand upon remit further.

The event starts at 2pm and will last until 3.30 pm at the Londonderry Room at Wynyard Rooms, Wynyard Park, TS22 5TB. Click here for a map.

I hope you will be able to join me. Please RSVP by CLICKING HERE ASAP.

For more information and details of how to register to attend please contact Elspeth Lawson on

NEEF Event – Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP Address – 11th October

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

We are delighted to announce the Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP has agreed to address the forum on Friday 11th October 2013 from 12.15pm – 2pm. The event will be held at the River Terrace, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
The event will commence with a buffet lunch followed by a Question and Answer session Chaired by Brian Aitken, the Editor of the Journal newspaper.

Due to the kind support of sponsors, this event, like all NEEF events, is free of charge, however you must register your interest in attending. Please click here to register for your place by Monday 7th October at 5pm.

Due to the expected interest in this event, places will be allocated on a strictly first come first served basis and admittance will be on a non-transferrable ticket basis only which will be sent to you by Tuesday 8th October 2013.

If you require any further information please contact Elspeth on 07769686951 or email  Please click here for directions to the BALTIC, Gateshead.

Annual Dinner 13th November 2012

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

We are delighted to invite you to attend the 2012 Annual Dinner of the North East Economic Forum.

The dinner will be held on Tuesday 13th November 2012 at the Gosforth Park Hotel commencing with a drinks reception at 7pm followed by dinner at 7.30pm.

Our guest of honour will be the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, the Scottish First Minister.

In the week that it has been announced that a deal has been reach between the UK and Scottish Governments that delivers a legally binding referendum in 2014 on the issue of Scottish independence, we are pleased that the Scottish First Minister has accepted our invitation to use NEEF as a platform to discuss with the region the implications and potential benefits of Scottish independence for the North East of England. The First Ministers visit also follows on from the successful NEEF conference at which his External Affairs Minister, Fiona Hyslop MSP addressed delegates.

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Rt Hon David Willetts Visits the Region

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Rt Hon David Willetts Visited the Region on 9th July 2012 and attended a NEEF event held in association with Teesside University, Darlington Campus.

The event will take place at the new Teesside University campus in Darlington.Darlington Car Park Map

View the photos of the event here.

NEEF Annual Conference 2012

Friday, January 6th, 2012

The Annual North East Economic Forum conference was held on Thursday 1st March 2012, 8.30am – 2pm at GatesheadNewcastle Hilton.

This was the first conference since the General Election and gave key regional stakeholders from across the region the opportunity to discuss the emerging policy agenda with emphasis on how we can re-balance the regions economy.

Key speakers included Lord Heseltine, Chair of the Governments Regional Growth Fund, Fiona Hyslop MSP, the Scottish Governments External Affairs Minister and H. E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming the UK Chinese Ambassador.

Adam Boulton the Sky News Politicial Editor Chaired this half-day event which concluded with lunch.

View the photos and the video footage from the event.

Please read more about the Economic Context of the conference.

View a copy of the Conference Programme.

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