NE1 receives international recognition for services to region

(L to R) Dr. Afnan Al-Shuaiby, secretary general and chief executive of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce in London, with Tariq Albassam, Head of Operations at NE1

NE1 receives international recognition for services to region

Newcastle NE1, the city’s Business Improvement District, has been recognised for its contribution to the North East at a national awards ceremony.

Tariq Albassam, head of operations at NE1, accepted an award ‘in recognition of the organisation’s work in supporting the region’ at an event hosted by the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce in London to commemorate their 40th Anniversary.

NE1 hosted a delegation of high level representatives from the Arab Nations as part of an Arab-British Chamber visit in March 2017 and during the visit, the delegates were impressed by NE1’s approach to business engagement.

The ceremony, which was held at The Banqueting House in Whitehall, celebrating the work of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce in enhancing trade, investment and economic cooperation between the UK and the Arab Countries marked four decades of their work.

Tariq said: “We were delighted to be invited to the Arab-British Chamber’s 40th Anniversary celebrations following their successful visit to Newcastle earlier in the year. To be recognised for our work promoting the businesses of the city is such high praise from the Arab-British Chamber, and we are incredibly proud to have accepted it.”

Newcastle NE1 Chief Executive, Sean Bullick, said: “Understanding how other countries operate at national and regional level helps us to gain new perspectives on a number of business and social agendas, which is why we ensure that foreign visits to the region are given high priority.

“When we hosted the delegation from the Arab Nations, we were impressed at their interest in the city, and the wide range of world-leading businesses located here. This award acknowledges the strong relationships that have been established and we very much look forward to working with the Arab-British Chamber and Arab Nations in the future to identify opportunities for the city and its businesses.”