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Tue | Sep 21 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Chamber AGM 2021

North East England Chamber of Commerce North East England Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber are delighted to confirm the 27th AGM will take place as one of our first larger face-to-face events following the pandemic.

About this event

North East England Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest business membership organisation representing 3,000+ businesses. For over 200 years, the Chamber has been helping businesses grow their knowledge, influence and connectivity regionally, nationally and internationally. We want to create a world where businesses in the North East of England thrive as a collective force. We are an independent body owned by our members and we work with businesses of all sizes and sectors from SMEs to multi-nationals to ensure they get access to the best possible support.

As a result, the Chamber AGM is one of the region’s largest networking opportunities with representatives from all sizes and sectors of businesses.

Following the diversification of all Chamber events during the pandemic, this year’s AGM will be one of our first major face-to-face events as we them to our programme. As a member of the Chamber, you own a stake in this unique organisation. It is important to ensure that you have a say in how it is run on your behalf.


09:30 Registration, refreshments and networking

10:15 Welcome – Lesley Moody MBE, Chamber President & MD, AES Digital Ltd.

10:25 Chamber AGM – formal business

10:30 Chief Executive’s review, followed by Q&A – James Ramsbotham CBE

This will be James’s final event and address as Chamber CEO as he moves onto his new role as chair of Newcastle Building Society.

11:00 Closing remarks – Chamber President

Attendees are welcome to remain and network over refreshments

11:45 Event close


  • This event is open to Chamber members only.
  • Formal documentation and voting details to follow.
  • Covid-19 event related information will be shared in advance of the event.

Voting: Will take place online following the success of last year’s format. Online voting maximises engagement with members and ensures those unable to attend the AGM meeting can cast their vote.

Dress code: We do not stipulate a dress code at our events but recommend attendees dress as though they were meeting clients. We recommend smart casual as a minimum.


Sunderland is a brilliant location for digital and business services, an advanced manufacturing powerhouse with a global presence making it one of the key cities both within the UK and globally for business and investment.

Named as Smart City of the Year in 2020, it is a vibrant, digitally connected hub with plenty of opportunity for investors, partnerships, growing businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs. With its prime location on the North East coast, Sunderland is home to a number of booming and innovative industries including engineering, advanced manufacturing, digital, technology, aerospace and more.

The UK’s biggest car manufacturing plant is based in our city, and Sunderland is a European centre for electric vehicle research and production. The ‘can do’ hard-working attitude of the local workforce attracts talent from the UK and across the world, as well as some of the world’s biggest brands who’ve laid down roots in our city.

From first class office spaces, excellent transport links and unique culture, to the £350 million investment in city development underway, with further investment from key players Legal & General, Sunderland is a great city for businesses and investing.

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