Some of the region’s leading business organisations are to give an exclusive preview of their key projects for 2024, at a live event in Stockton on Thursday December 14th.

The event - part of The Northern Echo’s Level Up campaign to bring investment and jobs to the region - will feature a keynote speech from highly respected commentator Stephen Hall, who leads Deloitte’s Newcastle office.

Stephen will be looking at the region’s current position and future challenges and opportunities in 2024, and will then be joined by a panel of business leaders from a range of sectors - including Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen and Teesside Airport boss Phil Forster – who will review their last year and reveal their hopes and plans for 2024.


Numbers are limited, but the event is free and you can reserve a place at


The event will be hosted by IT consultancy razorblue – the most recent partner to join Level Up – at their offices in Admiralty House in Thornaby, and will include a welcome from CEO Dan Kitchen, who joined us on stage at our inaugural BUSINESSiQ Awards night in April as the company became our first BUSINESSiQ Business of the Year.

The Northern Echo: The previous Level Up event at Port of MiddlesbroughThe previous Level Up event at Port of Middlesbrough (Image: Newsquest)

Join us as we ask our Level Up partners, bp, believe housing, Cummins, Durham County Council, North East Chamber of Commerce, razorblue, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Womble Bond Dickinson and Teesside Airport, to give an ‘end of term report’ and bring the work of our partners together to emphasise how collaboration and teamwork are such a vital part of the success the region is having.

There will be free parking and the event will be followed by networking over a light lunch. As usual, there will be plenty of chances to network and develop key relationships before and after the event.