Jeremy Middleton, founder of Middleton Enterprises

Jeremy Middleton said: “This is a fantastic deal for the North East that will firmly link the region to the Northern Powerhouse. Now it is vital that we ensure the role and powers of the mayor are such that he or she can deliver the maximum impact for the good of our economy. It must not be a token position, or one which is simply there to maintain the status quo. A North East mayor must be a powerful leader that can bring growth and prosperity to the region.

“Devolution will mark a huge change for the North East and will ensure local votes can have an even more significant impact on the future of the region. The Combined Authority and the Government should be congratulated for reaching this game-changing agreement, which marks a new and positive chapter in the political and economic story of the North East.”



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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 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 and his family are active supporters of Maggie’s Centre 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.

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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