Business leaders from across Teesside, including bosses from manufacturers Cummins and FujiFilm Diosynth, technology firm Cubic and digital entertainment company Double Eleven, joined Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Stobart Group’s Kate Willard at Teesside International Airport later last night.
The attendees of the exclusive dinner, the first of its kind, saw Teesside International’s stress-free and business friendly facilities first-hand as the airport continue to support the Tees Valley’s vibrant and striving business community.
The event, which focused on how Teesside International can become a hub for the 17,500 businesses in the region, came just weeks after the 100th anniversary of one of Teesside International’s airline partners, KLM.
The Dutch carrier provides regular air-links to and from Teesside International and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, which is a major worldwide aviation hub, giving global between to (200+ worldwide destinations and) the Tees Valley and North Eastern business community.
Teesside International was also rebranded from Durham Tees Valley Airport earlier this year, owing to its global ambitions and worldwide links.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “I’ve always said that now the airport is back under public ownership, it should work for the good of our brilliant businesses as well as providing great links for local people. I was delighted to be able to welcome some of our amazing business leaders to this dinner, where they were able to learn first-hand how our 10-Year Rescue Plan is getting on and the improvements we’ve made. They also learned about the opportunities on site and how we can work together to help them, and the airport, succeed.”
Kate Willard, Director of Partnership Development at Stobart Group, said: “We were excited to launch our first business engagement dinner at Teesside International last night. We are very keen to work closely with the region’s companies and entrepreneurs and show how Teesside International can take their business to the skies. Having run similar programmes at our other airports, we have found that these events are a great way to celebrate hard-working business leaders, while informing them about our strong offering.”