To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2010, Official Report, column 298W, on One North East and North East Economic Forum: public relations, for what reason the Regional Development Agency chose to use the services of Sovereign Strategy.
North East Economic Forum (NEEF) events have been sponsored by a number of public and private bodies including One North East. In March 2006, One North East agreed to sponsor NEEF to deliver a series of events to debate economic issues affecting the North East. One North East paid £23,500 in March 2007 for this sponsorship. The payment was made to Sovereign Strategy as it is the company which manages the administration of NEEF. NEEF is a separate company registered with Companies House. One North East has no current contract with Sovereign Strategy.