Jeremy at Granny's Cafe and Delicatessen

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

In Alnwick, Jeremy met local small business owners at Grannies Tearoom and Delicatessen, founded in 1984 and run by Andrew and Martina Potter. He then met with Mark Brassell, Director of Alnwick Castle Gardens, to discuss the importance of tourism to the area. Finally he visited re:heat, an innovative biomass heating company, based at Cawledge Business Park, to see how opportunities in renewable energy are benefitting the North East.

While in Alnwick, Jeremy asked local residents and employers for feedback on his jobs-creation plan. He was 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.

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. 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 North East First, 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



CONTACT: Chris Rowell on 01325 363436

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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