BISHOP OF DURHAM EXPRESSES DELIGHT IN NEWS ON NISSAN EXPANSION PLANS
Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham, today (April 10th) commented on the excellent news of Nissans announcement of further expansion plans to produce its new hatchback at its Sunderland plant expressing his delight and support for this important milestone in the regeneration of the North East economy.
In his statement Bishop Justin said: "I was very pleased to learn of this great piece of news this morning, this is a very positive affirmation of the skills and abilities of the people and economy of the North East to compete on a world stage and to be truly World Class.
"This announcement coming as it does straight after Easter, a time of renewal, hope and positiveness in the Christian calendar is very appropriate and very welcomed. The North East has suffered more than most regions in the economic downturn with more than 12% unemployment in some communities. This news will be a much needed boast for our Regional economy.
"It is appropriate at this time of year to note that there are no 'Doubting Thomases' regarding this announcement when it come to the belief in the passion, skills and pride of the North East, and I urge other businesses leaders to take note and have another look at what the North East might do for their business."
The story has been widely used across most printed media in the North East of England and on various TV and Online media outlets. ITV featured the piece on their website to supplement their own video reporting.