A new plan to boost jobs and trade in Wallsend has been hatched at a meeting of dozens of local business leaders with the support of North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon.

Mary Glindon said: ‘the enthusiastic meeting was a very useful “council of war” to look at what we’ve got and how to build on it to whip up support for Wallsend. We talked about the significant investment we have seen in Wallsend at Swans, the Town Hall, the Forum shopping centre and Segdunum but how we can work together to encourage visitors to the town to increase economic activity and employment.’

Representatives from nearly 30 local businesses met at the Swan’s Innovation Centre and decided to form the Wallsend Chamber of Trade & Commerce. It consists of businesses, colleges and voluntary groups and will agree key priorities, lobby policy makers, and alert the public through events, activities and social media.

David Bavaird, Chair of North Tyneside Business Forum commentated “It is essential that every town in North Tyneside has a voice for their businesses and to date there has been no established business organisation in Wallsend and I am pleased to support the Wallsend Chamber.’

The Wallsend Chamber of Trade & Commerce is facilitated by North Tyneside Business Forum. The next meeting is on Friday 26th January, 8am at the Town Hall Chambers. To register your interest call 0191 643
6000 or email business.forum@northtyneside.gov.uk.

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