WBD is working in partnership with the North East England Chamber of Commerce (NEECC) on a project which will look to examine how better transport links in the North East can encourage more businesses to export and provide support to existing exporters in a post-Brexit landscape.

Over the next few months, WBD will work closely and support the Chamber in a series of interviews and roundtable events with professionals involved in the transport sector and local businesses who trade internationally. 

WBD and the Chamber will then publish a report identifying the key transport interventions required and how those interventions will help to encourage international trade and grow the North East's economy. 

Kevin Bell, Partner in the Transport Team at WBD, commented:

"We are really excited to be launching this project in partnership with the Chamber, particularly as it seeks to fulfil the commitment of the Chamber to create a 'Stronger North East'. The project itself will focus specifically on improving connectivity around the North East and improving support for businesses who trade internationally. Transport and infrastructure is one of our key specialist sectors here at WBD and so we understand the issues that need to be addressed 'close to home' here in the North East. 

As a law firm with an ever increasing transatlantic and global outlook, this project is also really important to us. Better access to the region's ports and airports as well improvements to our major road and rail infrastructure will help to ensure that the North East is more connected both domestically and internationally. This will then help to increase international trade as well as encourage further inward investment in the region. Ultimately, the output of our work can be used to demonstrate our regional priorities and influence government spending, so as to ensure that central Government and relevant agencies, such as Highways England and Network Rail, carry out the transport interventions that are needed."

Jonathan Walker, Assistant Director of Policy at the Chamber, added:

“The Chamber is delighted to be working in partnership with WBD on this exciting piece of work that will highlight how investment in our region’s infrastructure would support our international ambitions.”

WBD's Transport team has been highlighted in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for 'providing first class service' and for having a 'strong client focus and providing excellent legal advice'. The team work with public and private passenger service providers (rail, bus and air), freight operators, infrastructure providers/managers (including rail networks, ports and airports), government bodies and members of the supply chain.

See a video of Kevin Bell talking about the project here