Posted on 19th February 2014

Budget 2014 Goes Live in Tees Valley

Nationally-renowned commentator David Smith, Economics Editor of The Sunday Times, will reveal his take on the Chancellors fiscal policy at a Budget Live! event hosted by Tees Valley Unlimited.

Guests at Budget Live 2014! will be able to question a panel comprising Mr Smith, Tees Valley Unlimited Managing Director Stephen Catchpole, Institute of Directors North East Chairman Alastair Thomson and Anne Elliott, from Latimer Hinks Solicitors.

The Chancellor George Osbornes Budget will be broadcast live to the audience of Tees Valleys influential decision-makers and business leaders and will be followed by a Question Time- style debate.

The economic briefing is being held at Teesside Universitys Darlington Campus on Wednesday March 19 starting at 12noon.

TVU is the Local Enterprise Partnership for the five local authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton on Tees and is charged with helping driving the local economy forward.

Stephen Catchpole, TVU Managing Director, said: "With recent fiscal indicators pointing to an upturn in the UKs economic fortunes and with a General Election being on the cards next year, all eyes will be on this years Budget.

"As a result private, public and voluntary sectors leaders will be even keener than usual to learn how George Osborne is planning to keep the momentum going.

"Following the broadcast, an expert panel will discuss what they believe the implications of the Chancellors statement will be for the region and beyond.

Anne Elliott is a Partner, and agricultural law specialist at Latimer Hinks Solicitors, one of Darlington and County Durhams longest established law firms. She heads up the firms Private Client Department and is Marketing Partner. Her main area of work is wealth and succession planning for the business and farming communities. She also provides advice in relation to wealth preservation for High-Net-Worth Clients, specifically dealing with wills trusts and tax planning. In 2014, Anne was cited in the prestigious legal directory, Chambers and Partners as being known for her "expertise on inheritance tax and succession planning.

She said: "Latimer Hinks prides itself on supporting events that will benefit the wider Tees Valley community.

"Budget Live 2014 will provide the ideal opportunity for business leaders to engage with a national economic commentator and hear his knowledgeable opinion on the Budget statement.

Those attending also will have the opportunity to learn about the Tees Valley Business Growth Hub and meet with representatives targeted with helping people grow their businesses.

Budget Live! is on Wednesday March 19 with guests asked to arrive at 12noon. Anyone interested in attending should log onto to register for the event.