Jeremy Middleton and campaign volunteers with Brian Palmer of Tharsus

Jeremy Middleton, the independent candidate for North East Mayor has visited local businesses in Blyth and Cramlington, and around Northumberland, to launch his jobs policy and start a regional tour to get feedback on it.

In Blyth Jeremy visited local engineering firm Tharsus, the UK’s leading contract manufacturer of electrical goods, where he met Chief Executive Brian Palmer to discuss creating jobs and apprenticeships in the North East’s technical sectors. Tharsus, which relocated from Tyneside to Blyth, can boast that one in ten of its employees are apprentices and that it exports 42% of its turnover to 11 different countries.

At DAD Machining in Cramlington Jeremy met Andrew Doris, the engineer turned entrepreneur who received a £40,000 investment from Dragons’ Den’s Deborah Meaden for innovative manhole cover lifting equipment. When visiting businesses like DAD Machining Jeremy has been particularly keen to ask people about his flagship ‘North East First’ policy, which proposes that big public and private employers advertise jobs and contracts locally first, that big contracts are broken into smaller ones that local companies can win, and that a "North East First" kitemark is created to reward companies that source locally and encourage people to support them.

Moody Logistics, a family run haulage business founded in 1948, showed Jeremy how it is making the best use of its warehouse space by offering space to companies, allowing them to grow and create jobs by expanding their logistical capabilities.

Jeremy said: “I chose to launch my jobs policy and tour in Northumberland because the North East needs a mayor who will prioritise job creation in opportunities in all parts of the region, not just in the big urban centres. South East Northumberland in particular has a proud industrial heritage. There are some fantastic local companies, many of which are growing and creating jobs, and with the right help they can do even better. Job creation policies should involve the people who actually create jobs and the people looking for work, not just a handful of councillors behind closed doors.

“Soon we will be getting new powers over health, jobs, skills and much more, so I am asking local residents to get involved and help to write my policies. I have already worked with experts, such as local doctors, teachers and employers to put together some draft proposals for each major policy area. These include an ambitious plan to get local firms and public sector bodies to buy more from North East suppliers. Now I want to hear your feedback and your ideas on how we can create more and better jobs in the North East, which you can give via my website.”

Jeremy’s jobs policy and a feedback survey can be completed online at http://www.jeremy4mayor.com/jobs_survey.

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Notes to Editors:

Jeremy Middleton

Mr Middleton was the first candidate to declare they are running to be the Mayor of the North East, a position that will be created under the region’s devolution deal, and is standing as an independent.

He is a self-made businessman and philanthropist based in the North East. He 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.

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

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