l-r Alastair Thomson, IoD North East Chairman and Jeremy Middleton, of Middleton Enterprises



The Institute of Directors North East is instigating a significant piece of research to identify directors who are making a substantial contribution to the economic well-being of the region.
The North East Investor Directors listing will be a snapshot of business leaders who are driving the region’s economy forward by investing in their organisations and the area’s infrastructure as well as creating jobs.
Alastair Thomson, IoD North East Chairman, said: “The IoD, as a leading authority on business matters, believes it is timely to turn the spotlight on directors who are investing in ‘North East plc’ and helping support the region’s economy.

“The North East is indebted to entrepreneurs whose acumen and investments contribute to the value of goods and services produced in the region. Their efforts deserve to be officially recognised and promoted to act as an inspiration to others to follow their lead.

“We are also asking for nominations as we want to make sure we capture all those directors, who enhance the economic well-being of the North East, to ensure the 25-strong listing is as relevant and wide ranging as possible.”

The leading Investor Directors in the North East will be recognised at the IoD North East’s annual Business Leaders’ Dinner on Wednesday February 16 at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Durham, starting at 7 pm

Leading Angel investment company Middleton Enterprises Ltd is sponsoring the listing.

Jeremy Middleton, of Middleton Enterprises, said: “Business owners being prepared to invest in the region is crucial to the North East and its future prosperity.

“Middleton Enterprises believes that with an initiative that recognises the important contribution investor directors are making to the North East, whether they are from the region or have moved into the region, is critically important.”

Anyone who would like to nominate a potential candidate for the listing should either ring or email Helen Logan for a nomination form – 01325 363436/helen.logan@recognitionpr.co.uk

The closing date is Friday November 19.

Note to Editors:
The Institute of Directors (IoD) North East has more than 600 members with branches in the North and South of the region. The majority of its membership work at companies employing between one and 100 staff.
The Institute of Directors is an association of members that forms a network reaching into every corner of the business community. IoD membership spans the whole spectrum of business leadership, from the largest public sector companies to the smallest private firm. Membership of the IoD is individual - each new member joins the IoD is his or her capacity as a director or person of similar status. IoD members enjoy the benefits of having an influential organisation on their side in representing their concerns to government, and at their side in providing professional business support wherever it is needed.
It has been supporting and representing individual directors from all sectors for more than 100 years.

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 nine North East businesses, generally from start-up, usually taking a minority stake and offering strategic advice to support growth.
Jeremy Middleton was one of the founders of HomeServe plc in 1990, which represents the company’s core investment. A FTSE250 support services company, HomeServe has a market capitalisation in excess of £1bn.



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