Business leaders who signed the Tees Business letter to Rishi Sunak explain why it’s crucial the chancellor brings the Treasury North to our region…
Karl Pemberton, president, Institute of Directors (Tees Valley)
The Tees Valley has been dealt many blows in modern times, far more than most. However, I now believe that we should be at the front of queue when it comes to the Government’s levelling up agenda.
We have the locations and the workforce available, and we have the resilience to make the opportunity a huge success. Opportunities of this kind do not happen often enough. It would therefore be a huge privilege to be part of the Teesside community that is ploughing a new, exciting and prosperous future.
Jane Armitage, managing partner, Jacksons Law Firm; Tees Businesswoman of the Year 2020-21
We are supporting the call for the chancellor to bring Treasury jobs to the Tees Valley because levelling up requires that any move is to an area of the north that has not previously seen the benefit of a government department in its midst.
The Tees Valley has an excellent workforce ready and willing to work in Treasury roles and excellent training providers to train the employees of the future.
These people need to the opportunities that this move would create and they need to know the government shares our belief that this area has so much to offer.
Sharon Lane, managing director, Tees Components; Tees Businesswoman of the Year 2019-20
The past year has highlighted just how important it is that decision-makers are in touch with normal people working, studying, running businesses, bringing up children, retiring.
We are a region of those people: at the coal face, with aspirations and ambitions, and structural limitations. For me, levelling up means understanding what risks and opportunities there are for people living in Teesside and the wider North-East, and developing fiscal policy with that in mind.
There is no stronger message of commitment to levelling up, than to choose our region as the heart of economic management in the north.
Charles Clinkard, managing director, Charles Clinkard
Bringing new Treasury jobs to Teesside will demonstrate the government is partly addressing the north/south divide issue that it promised to deliver on and this will directly help reduce the above average levels of unemployment we currently have in our region.
As a long established retailer, the benefits hopefully will extend to us through increased consumer spending across the Teesside area.
Joanne Regan, regional managing partner, Azets
We see this a real test of the government’s levelling up credentials and a chance to put their money where their mouth is. However, for the civil service and the north to gain the most benefit, they should be situated in an area where it could be truly transformational, rather than a thriving, metropolitan city such as Leeds or Newcastle.
The ‘Blue Wall’ at the last election made some once-in-a-lifetime changes to the political landscape and this needs to be recognised. Teesside had kept its side of the bargain by improving transport links via air and rail.