Anne Ganley and the politicians.

'NE 'open for business' Thompson tells Milliband

Published:  14 April, 2011

SUNDERLAND: The managing director of the North East’s leading independent builders’ merchants has told Labour leader Ed Milliband that the North East is “open for business".

Anne Ganley, managing director of Thompson Building Centres, met up with the leader at the recent Labour North Gala Dinner which her company sponsored.

And she revealed that over dinner with Mr Milliband she highlighted the greatly improved trading figures Thompsons and its sister plumbing merchants’ TAPS had seen in the first quarter of the year – which she believes is reflected throughout the region.

“He was extremely interested when I told him about what a positive start to the year we had seen and how I believed that there was lots of cause for cautious optimism, particularly after the problems of the last quarter caused by the bad weather which hit the whole of our sector ,” said Mrs Ganley.

“We had a long discussion on all aspects of business including the growth of the renewables market –both for the North East and for the construction industry as a whole – along with a talk about the banks and the levels of lending.”

The Thompson’s managing director also took the opportunity to highlight to Mr Milliband the construction industry’s 'Get Britain Building' campaign and its Plan B initiative which is dedicated to creating 2.5 million jobs in the sector.

“I gave Mr Milliband the Plan B document and talked to him about how every pound invested in the construction industry generates Ł2.94 in economic activity,” she said.

“He was very happy for me to tell him about the campaign and how it is a plan which will revitalise and grow the British economy.”

Mrs Ganley was one of the main sponsors of the event, held at Newcastle’s Centre of Life and attended by business people and politicians from across the region and beyond.

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