Rachel Anderson, Head of Policy and Representation, NECC said: “We welcome Lord Heseltine’s fair assessment of Tees Valley’s economy as it stands and realise there can be no silver bullet in terms of a quick fix. We also welcome the challenges he has set for us with regard to education, business and partnership working to help our economy thrive.
“Lord Heseltine promised to open doors in Whitehall for the Tees Valley and there is already evidence this is happening. His vision and recommendations should be deliverable with all of the organisations and businesses working together. Although we recognise this is just the start of the process, it is positive.”