Reserve Forces and Cadets Association
for North of England

NE RFCA Employer Engagement Team joins 800 business leaders to celebrate region’s successes.

Eight hundred North East business leaders celebrated the region’s many achievements in Durham Cathedral last week, and raised over £154,000 for the building’s restoration.

North East England Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner guests heard keynote speaker Sir Tim Laurence, chair, English Heritage emphasise the importance of buildings like the cathedral. Sir Tim, who studied at Durham University, said, “Durham Cathedral helps to give people a sense of community and we know from research it can also improve their sense of well-being. As well as this, your fantastic cathedral plays an important role in attracting visitors with money to spend, which supports your local economy. Heritage and business work very well together as exemplified by this evening.”

The Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, said, “It was my pleasure to welcome our friends from the North East England Chamber of Commerce back to our magnificent cathedral for their annual dinner. The event offered the opportunity for us to share the rich heritage of the cathedral with the North East business community, colleagues and partners alike.

“It also provided an unrivalled occasion for businesses in the region to come together in aid of Foundation 2020, our campaign to create a £10 million endowment fund to support the annual programme of conservation work that is required to maintain this world famous architectural treasure.

Brig Paul Baker, Chief Executive NE RFCA, (pictured right), said, "It was a superb evening in a fantastic setting and provided the team the perfect opportunity to make new contacts and explore further opportunities to collaborate with businesses who support the Armed Forces in our Region."