We, the undersigned, lead businesses from different sectors and areas in the North East.
EU membership has been an important driver of economic development in the North East.
Businesses in the North East need unrestricted access to the European market of 500million people in order to continue to grow, invest and create jobs.
We support the UK remaining a member of the European Union.
With another 53 local business people who, together, employ thousands of people across the region, we are adding our voice to the major unions, business organisations, manufacturers, local government leaders, major party leaders and our international allies and friends sharing this common desire.
We recognise the EU is not perfect, however, we also recognise that the UK has benefited enormously since joining in 1975, making the terrible 1970s a distant past, and helping to make the UK one of the strongest economies in the world.
We believe that leaving the EU would deter investment, threaten jobs and put the North East economy at risk.
The UK is one of the most powerful nations within the EU and has made significant contributions to making the EU better in terms of trade, rights and security.
We wish this role to continue and believe continued membership to be in the best interests of jobs, trade and investment, security and maintaining and enhancing the UK’s leading position in the world.
Britain will be stronger, safer and better off remaining a member of the EU.
Alby Pattison, Hart Biologicals Ltd, Hartlepool
James Robson MBE, Exwold Technology Ltd, Hartlepool
Tim Ward, Bid & Research Development, Hartlepool
Richard Swart, Berger Group Europe, Peterlee
Arnab Basu MBE, Kromek, Sedgefield