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Chairman's Update - 17th December 2023

Discover Ammar Mirza CBE's week: Unveiling achievements, illuminating the North East's vitality, and nurturing inclusivity in every step!

Following his participation in a workshop with civic and business leaders, facilitated by the Royal Society last week, Ammar had a busy week connecting, supporting, and promoting the whole community in the North East.

  • Scaling Up - On Monday, Ammar was part of a scale-up institute catch-up, helping develop and deliver the scale-up strategy for the region with other patterners. Ammar is the SME representative for the NELEP and plays a critical role in this initiative alongside others.

  • Newcastle United V Milan – Ammar displayed his unwavering support for Newcastle United during their UEFA Champions League clash against AC Milan at St. James' Park on Wednesday, 13 December 2023. Despite a hard-fought match, the final score ended 1-2 in favor of AC Milan.

  • Northern Business Podcast  – On Wednesday, Ammar featured on Northern Business podcast live, talking about optimism and opportunities to tackle some of the problems we face in the North East, including the way Saudi Arabia is forging more business links with the UK through the international trade centre at Airview Park.


  • All things Start-Up Finance  – On Wednesday Ammar delivered the second workshop for the NSBS programme to businesses in Northumberland, concentrating on how to finance a start-up and the important things startups need to know in regards to finance.

  • Innovation Event –  On Tuesday, Ammar attended the celebration of innovation for the North of Tyne hosted by by The UK's National Innovation Centre for Ageing where there were a number of pitches from different businesses, Ammar was the head judge and keynote speaker on the day, he delivered an insightful speech centred around inclusion as innovation and shared details of our upcoming ‘Inclusion by default conference’.

  • Discussing Devolution - Ammar and Jodie Nichols hosted the Health and Life Science Pledge Christmas event with Health and Innovation North East and North Cumbria, focusing on devolution and awarding four new pledgees their certificates. Ammar is the chair of the Health & Life Science Pledge Health Innovation North East and North Cumbria.



  • Business cost reduction – Ammar was joined alongside Phil Andrews on Spice FM on Friday discussing cost reduction for SMEs, add more text here from the discussions on radio show– click here to watch.

  • International Trade – Ammar continues with his trade mission through our international trade centre at Airview Park. We are delighted to see the volume of interest, sign up’s and collaborate effort and can’t wait to share further details!

  • #inclusionbydefault This week, Ammar has finalised and confirmed further details for our inclusion by default conference. We can confirm our keynote speaker line up includes, Hamid Motraghi MBE - Director of Health Equity and Inclusion NENC ICB, Amjid Khazir - Media Cultured, Ranjana Bell MBE - Road to Recovery Trust, Mahnur Roushan - Young Asian Voices.


At ABC, we believe in the power of inclusion and the strength that comes from creating partnerships. We are looking for new Board members to help us deliver this. If you are interested, please contact us at info@abconnexions.org.



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