Jeremy Middleton, who has received his CBE from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace

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Business angel Jeremy Middleton has received his CBE from Her Majesty the Queen in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Middleton, who owns investment company Middleton Enterprises, was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to charity and politics.

Mr Middleton said: “It was a great privilege and honour to attend Buckingham Palace and have the CBE officially bestowed upon me by the Queen.

“My hope is that being made a CBE will turn the spotlight on the fantastic work done by volunteers involved in the political arenas and charities that I support.”

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

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

He also has forged a reputation for his support of a range of charitable causes.

Mr Middleton’s charitable endeavours include:

• Climbing Mount McKinley, the highest mountain in the Northern hemisphere, which raised £7,500 for St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle.

• He also has 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.

• He initially volunteered to use his business expertise to help establish a “trading” business for St Oswald’s in 2001. Mr Middleton now is 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.

• Mr Middleton has just joined the Board of the Cyrenians, a high profile North East charity that focuses on the socially excluded.

• Mr Middleton has been an active supporter of Variety Club of Great Britain (Northern Region) 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.

• He is involved in venture philanthropy. He 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. He most recently funded a Variety Sunshine coach for St Cuthbert’s School in Kenton.
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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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