James leads the way on airport’s partnership drive


A well-known figure in the local business community is aiming to play a key role in driving forward the development of Durham Tees Valley Airport.

James Grant has joined Peel Airports as Partnership and Communications Executive and will work with local and regional stakeholders, airline representatives and corporate partners to develop opportunities at both Durham Tees Valley and Doncaster Sheffield Airports.

James, who has recently become Chairman of the Darlington Business Club, has wide experience in the hospitality industry - most recently as Sales and Revenue Manager for the Mercure Darlington Kings Hotel - and says he is looking forward to identifying and securing partnership opportunities as part of the overall marketing strategy for the two airports.

He explains:

Airports play a central role in their local economies and I believe that there are tremendous opportunities for working with a whole range of interests to develop mutually beneficial links which can promote the airport and help to attract increased business.

A key part of my job will be getting out and meeting with local companies and other interests, both on an individual basis and through business and economic development bodies, explaining our ambitions for the development of the airports and involving as many people as possible in delivering those plans.

James, who has a degree in International Hospitality Management, has lived in the North East for the past ten years and is married with three children. As well as Chairing the Darlington Business Club, he plays an active role in other business organisations, including the North East Chamber of Commerce.

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