The prestigious award was presented to the Chamber for its continued efforts to build on the great support it has provided to its members during the pandemic.
The judges praised the board for its focused and data-driven approach to finding solutions. They also received praise for the broad and diverse range of their initiatives and for the efforts to build relationships with the national and international network.
John McCabe, chief executive, said: “This is a win for the region. Our role at the Chamber is to promote and support the North East and its brilliant business community.
“Being recognized as Chamber of the Year is truly a recognition of the spirit of collaboration between the Chamber and all parts of the region’s economy, and I couldn’t be prouder of the Chamber’s team who continue to support, connect and represent the Chamber .” Region.
“What an exciting time, the North East has begun to raise its ambitions for the future, there is a sense of excitement, potential and opportunity for the economy in the region.
“This award recognizes the Chamber’s commitment to supporting businesses on this journey and I am extremely optimistic about our future and what we can and will achieve together as a region.”
The Chamber – a leading partner in The Northern Echo’s Leveling Up campaign – supports, connects and represents more than 2,000 organizations that employ 40% of the region’s workforce. The chamber network includes 53 accredited British chambers.
Sarah Howard, chair of the BCC, said: “Every year the quality of work Chambers does to support UK businesses seems to get even better.”
“There is no doubt that there are still difficult weeks and months ahead for the UK and world economy, but businesses can be reassured that the chambers have their backs and will continue to fight for their cause.”
“The North East Chamber should be very proud of this award as it was won despite incredibly tough competition. Congratulations to all of you.”
The North East Chamber’s achievements in recent years have included: representation on the National Business Council; successful engagement and implementation of local skills improvement plans; partnership with the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce; successful lobbying is reflected in the 2023 spring budget; and cooperation in securing a regional decentralization agreement.
Other achievements include the recent launch of the Digital Forum, an expanded knowledge program for all members, successful regional awards in line with national BCC awards, as well as a corporate image refresh in 2023 and the introduction of a change strategy to build a stronger, fairer North East.
John Marshall, Chairman of the Chamber, said: “This award reflects the Chamber’s outstanding team who work tirelessly for all of our members.
“A big compliment to everyone in our chamber team, who continues to impress me with their boundless enthusiasm and professionalism. I am so proud of everything they have accomplished every day to support and advocate for our region.
“Thank you also to all of our members and everyone who continues to support the chamber. We are stronger and better because of everyone’s great contribution, enabling us to represent the views and needs of companies of all sizes and sectors at regional and national levels.”
Now in its 20th year, the Chamber Business Awards are one of the highlights of the business calendar and highlight the role of chambers of commerce in supporting businesses to create growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities.
The awards provide an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of the chamber network and the important support the chambers provide to businesses.
The BSI-sponsored International Chamber of the Year Award went to the Ghana Chamber of Commerce.