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CBI Director General visits Port of Tyne

Carolyn Fairbairn, Director General of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) visited the Port of Tyne today, Friday 30 June,

Carolyn joined the CBI as Director General in November 2015 following a 30 year career in British business in positions spanning the media, manufacturing, services and banking sectors.

Carolyn and members of the CBI board were in the region for the CBI Annual Dinner and took the opportunity to visit the Port of Tyne to discuss its plans for continued development.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne Chief Executive and regional Chair of the CBI North East, said: "The CBI plays a crucial role in helping to create and sustain the right conditions in which business in the North East can compete and prosper. In these times of uncertainty it's important that the CBI continues to provide a voice for the region.   

"I was delighted to invite Carolyn to visit the Port of Tyne and see our major developments which are part of a £100m construction project taking place to sustain renewable energy, create jobs and further strengthen our ability to win new business now and in the future."

The CBI speaks on behalf of 190,000 UK businesses of all shapes and sizes, collectively employing nearly 7 million people.

Carolyn Fairbairn, CBI Director-General, said: "The North East is one of the most innovative places in the UK, there's a real sense of optimism and remarkable collaboration between sectors that forms a great environment for business to grow.

"The Port of Tyne is one of the UK's major ports and it was good to learn more about its future plans and how the Port is continuing to make a major impact on the economy.

"The UK's transport infrastructure is vitally important; Britain's businesses rely on our roads, railways and ports to move their goods and services and provide a gateway to world-wide markets."

The Port of Tyne added £680m to the economy in 2016 supporting 14,000 people directly and indirectly in employment.

For further information please contact:

Lisa Donohoe, Public Relations Manager
Tel: +44 (0)191 455 2671 Mobile: +44 (0)79123 90777


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