Jeremy Middleton

Jeremy Middleton, Board Member of the North Eastern LEP, said: “The appointment of Bob Paton is highly significant in that it gives the region somebody of proven standing who can bring new ideas and experiences to this important role.

“Bob’s primary responsibility in this interim role will be the delivery of the LEPs strategic economic plan. This is what business wants.

“His appointment increases the likelihood that a business-led LEP can deliver the jobs the North East needs and drive this agenda in the run-up to the placement of a permanent holder of this important position. It's now time for political and business leaders to put differences to one side and unite behind Bob, behind the LEP team and to work together to build a better economy in the North East."

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ISSUED ON BEHALF OF MIDDLETON ENTERPRISES

CONTACT: Paul White on 01325 363436

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 a number of North East businesses, generally from start-up, usually taking a minority stake and offering strategic advice to support growth.

Jeremy Middleton

Mr Middleton is a high-profile entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Newcastle. He started his career as a Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble before working for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a Marketing Consultant. He co-founded HomeServe, now a FTSE 250 company which operates in the UK, the USA, France, Spain and Italy, and remains a shareholder with a seat on the Executive Committee. He is a director at North East based energy and water consultancy company Utilitywise PLC.

Mr Middleton is a board member of homelessness charity Changing Lives and has served on the Promotions Board of St Oswald’s Hospice since 2005. Mr Middleton and his family are active supporters of the Variety Club Northern Region, which aids sick, disabled and disadvantaged children, and World Vision, an international charity which works to improve the lives of people in developing countries.

Mr Middleton has carried out a range of sponsored fundraising for a variety of charities which to date include the North Pole, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mont Blanc, The Haute Route, Mount McKinley, Mount Elbrus and a cycle ride from London to Paris.

In 2007, Mr Middleton established a Community Enterprise Fund to help charities establish commercial ventures and has championed the establishment of a Social Enterprise Fund, which is led by the Northern Rock Foundation.

Mr Middleton has been a Board Member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) since 2011 and is Chairman of the North East LEP Investment Fund, which makes recommendations to the LEP Board for the £25m Growing Places Fund and the £30m Infrastructure Fund.

In 2012 Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for Services to Politics and Charities.

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