Jeremy Middleton, of Middleton Enterprises


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Business angel Jeremy Middleton has been made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to charity and politics.

Jeremy, who owns investment company Middleton Enterprises, said: “I am both thrilled and proud to be recognised with this honour.

“I hope that being made a CBE will help highlight the sterling work done by volunteers in politics and the charities that I support.”

Mr Middleton, who is a board member of the North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership, has used his prominence in the political arena to help promote North East business and the region’s investment potential to a wide audience.

From 2005 until recently he was a volunteer member of the Conservative Party Board, latterly in the post of deputy chairman.

Mr Middleton said: “It is important that people of all political views are prepared to freely give their time to political parties. This type of grass roots support is important to ensure that democracy is brought to the doorstep, which is a vital part of community life.”

He also is well-known for his support for a range of worthy causes.

In fact, at the time of today’s CBE announcement, Mr Middleton is climbing Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in the Northern hemisphere, to raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle. Mount McKinley, which is in Alaska, rises to a height of 20,320 feet (6,194 metres).

Mr Middleton’s charitable endeavours include:

• Charity Fundraiser: Mr Middleton climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in October 2002, raising £7,500 for St Oswald’s Jigsaw Appeal. He has run the Great North Run twice. In April 2004, he raised more than £25,000 for St Oswald’s by walking to the North Pole.

• St Oswald’s Hospice: He initially volunteered to use his business expertise to help establish a “trading” business in 2001. Mr Middleton is now a Director of St Oswald’s Promotions Company, which run the charity’s network of retail shops and its very successful regional lottery. He also has raised significant funds through sponsored walks/treks.

• Variety Club of Great Britain (Northern Region): Mr Middleton has been an active supporter since 2004. He initiated and funded the “Build a Bus” campaign, aimed at creating new income streams for the club from companies, in association with JAM Marketing.

• Venture philanthropy: Mr Middleton has been a long-term promoter of ‘investing with a social conscience’. He established a fund at the Tyne and Wear and Northumberland Community Foundation and has supported a range of charities with their commercial operations including the Cyrenians, based in Newcastle and social enterprise Dinamic Ceramics in Ashington, Northumberland.

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Notes to Editors:
Middleton Enterprises Ltd is a private investment company that has made a substantial contribution to the North East’s economy by investing in and providing business advice to entrepreneurial businesses.
During recent years, it has supported seven North East businesses, generally from start-up, usually taking a minority stake and offering strategic advice to support growth.


















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