Jeremy Middleton CBE

North East business investor Jeremy Middleton said: “Scotland’s new Air Passenger Tax is a deliberate ploy to undercut the rest of the UK’s airports, especially Newcastle International. The damage this could do to our airport and the wider regional economy, through affecting both business and other travel, must be mitigated. I know I speak for the majority of our business community in demanding action now, before it is too late. If the Government will not scrap Air Passenger Duty in the rest of the UK or match the new rate in Scotland then the matter should be devolved to a regional level, setting set us free to compete.”

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ISSUED ON BEHALF OF JEREMY MIDDLETON

CONTACT: Chris Rowell 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.

He was a Board Member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) from 2011 to 2016 and was Chairman of the North East LEP Investment 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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