On Thursday afternoon, we had our second online Business Leaders Discussion, which was hosted by James Ramsbotham. 

The online Business Leaders Discussion was perfectly placed after Teesside was named one of the newest locations of the Freeport, and the Treasury move to Darlington being announced on Wednesday. 

Anne Cooling, Head of Corporate Development said "Teesside Hospice is delighted with the success of our recent business leaders live discussion. The decision makers who joined our discussion gave insights into how their organisations have worked through a pandemic and what they see ahead for their companies.  The discussion has successfully created, increased awareness for the hospice and encouraged companies to offer new support for the hospice".

We had some amazing speakers, all talking about the factors of Covid-19 that have affected their industry, and how they expect the future of the North East to develop as restrictions begin to ease. We heard from James Ramsbotham CBE DL, Chief Executive, North East England Chamber of Commerce(Panel Host). David Smith, Chief Executive of Teesside Hospice. Jane Armitage Jackson's Law Firm, Managing Partner & Tees Business Business Woman of the year 2021. Peter Kenyon, Chief Executive, Ramsdens Holding PLC. Helen Golightly, Chief Executive, North East Local Enterprise Partnership. Laura Woods, Director of Academic Enterprise, Teesside University. John Fraser, Managing Director Biochemica Water Ltd and Anne Cooling, Head of Corporate Development, Teesside Hospice.

The event detailed the highs and lows of the last 12 months, how Teesside Hospice has developed over the last 12 months. David Smith says "It has been a real rollercoaster at the Hospice. But looking back on it now, it's really reassuring to see that all of our service have continued to deliver throughout the pandemic".

Laura Woods detailed the impact Covid-19 has had on Teesside University students, as well as students across the UK "A big issue for us has just been maintaining student wellbeing, and especially mental health" explaining how their wellbeing has been affected by the pandemic "A lot of students feeling isolated as a result to having to do their learning online, worried and concerned".

We also had a lot of interesting conversation on the other industries, such as retail, law and the North East as a whole. If you would like to catch up on the conversation, the video can be found below. 

We would like to say a massive thank you to all of the attendees, as well as all the amazing guests that took part in the conversation.





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