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Come fly with Durham Tees Valley to the NECC Tees Dinner

Durham Tees Valley Airport confirmed as sponsors for annual gala dinner

ONE of the region’s most prestigious gala dinners is set for take off after securing its new sponsor.

The North East Chamber of Commerce’s (NECC) Annual Tees Valley Annual Dinner will this year be supported by Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA).

This year has seen major developments at the Airport, including Peel Investments (DTVA) Ltd becoming majority shareholders, the launch of a major marketing campaign with key partners KLM—and a £5.9m Regional Growth Fund bid to support the development of 150 acres of land south of the runway, with the potential to create 1,500 jobs.

Said Airport Chairman Robert Hough “Since becoming the majority shareholders in February we have been greatly impressed by the support we have received from all sections of the local community—and especially the business sector.

“This is our chance to show our appreciation of that support and demonstrate that the Airport needs to be seen at the heart of region’s economic regeneration plans.”

The event will be held at the Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough, and will be attended by key members of the south of the region’s businesses community.

NECC Chief Executive, James Ramsbotham, said: “I am delighted that Durham Tees Valley Airport has signed up as main sponsor for the Tees Dinner. I have been incredibly impressed with the Airport’s plans for the future and its commitment to creating a vibrant transport hub in the south of the region.

“The Tees Valley has had a fantastic year, as well as the developments at the Airport we have seen the re-igniting of the blast furnace at SSI, Nifco’s continued success and the recent announcement that Air Products will soon begin construction on the world’s largest renewable energy plant in Billingham.

“There are many more business successes worthy of celebration and I hope as many firms as possible will join us to celebrate their achievements.”

The NECC has a tradition of prominent business speakers, followed by some of the best after dinner entertainment around and this year is no exception.

Keynote speaker will be Dr Keith Skeoch, Chief Executive of Standard Life Investments who was born, brought up and educated in Guisborough, and the after-dinner speaker will keep guests on their toes, as Alexis Conran of BBC 3’s The Real Hustle will entertain and educate, talking about ingenious scams, from the most elaborate to the deceptively simple.

He also speaks candidly on the threats posed to businesses and the smartest ways to insulate firms against potential fraudsters, both in the real and the ‘virtual’ world.

Businesses of all sizes are welcome. Guests will be treated to a delicious three course meal, hear from inspiring, informative and entertaining speakers and have time to network with existing and new contacts within the Tees Valley business community.

This black tie event will commence with a drinks reception before guests take their seats for dinner.

The NECC Tees Valley Annual Dinner takes place on Thursday 21st September between 6.30pm – 1.00am at the Thistle Middlesbrough. Tickets are priced at £60 for NECC members (ex VAT) and £80 for non-members (ex VAT).

To book your places call 0300 303 6322 or email