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Andy Preston Business Leaders Throw Support Behind Andy
April 10, 2019

Six of Teesside’s most prominent business leaders have announced their support for independent candidate Andy Preston’s campaign to be elected the Mayor of Middlesbrough.

The six include all three who recently received Queen’s honours for services to Teesside business – Bill Scott OBE, Paul Griffiths MBE and Bob Cuffe MBE, two of the region’s biggest local employers, Alastair Powell and Gary Dawson, and Katy Parkinson, whose firm won the Teesside Company of the Year two weeks ago.

Preston, who is one of four candidates standing for the mayoral election on May 2nd, runs several local businesses and three charitable organisations, Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, CEO Sleepout and the Fork in the Road charity restaurant.

Alastair Powell, chairman of Cleveland Cable Company, said: “Andy would undoubtedly make an outstanding mayor for our town as he’d have no other agenda other than to help Middlesbrough and its people.

“Knowing him as I do, he will put the same energy, time and efforts into Middlesbrough that we have all witnessed with the Teesside Philanthropic Foundation, so the town and all concerned would really benefit.”

Middlesbrough-born Bill Scott OBE, CEO of Wilton Universal Group, said: “Andy Preston is the real deal. He has a heart of gold, he’s bright and articulate, and he wants what’s best for his hometown of Middlesbrough.

“He won’t be representing any political party, therefore his manifesto will be what is best for the people and businesses of Middlesbrough.

“He’s a sharp operator and has a wealth of knowledge in business, his charity work is exemplary and he will be a brilliant Mayor.

“The thought of him as Middlesbrough Mayor, working alongside Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, fills me with excitement and enthusiasm. We really must get behind him to ensure we get the best deal for our town.”

Katy Parkinson, founder director of Middlesbrough-based Lexonik, recently crowned Teesside Company of the Year in the North East Business Awards, said:

“Middlesbrough is a great place but I believe Andy Preston will help make it even better. He’s a Middlesbrough lad, born and bred, and prepared to fight for the rights of others.

“He also knows about business, and provides support and advice to many of our small local businesses. Middlesbrough needs thriving businesses to become that better place we all want – and Middlesbrough will become that better place with Andy fighting our cause.”

Gary Dawson, managing director of Middlesbrough-based AV Dawson, said:

“Look at Andy’s record – look at what he’s done for our area and for those in society who most need our help.  Judge him on his work for the homeless and his efforts to help disadvantaged youths.

“Look at his success in business – and celebrate it. That success creates jobs and puts more money in people’s pockets.

“As an independent Mayor, he’d challenge the establishment, break down barriers and unlock the future potential of Middlesbrough’s young people.”

Paul Griffiths MBE, chairman of Middlesbrough-based Industrial Marine Hydraulics, said: “Instead of the awful party politics and politicians of all sides ignoring the electorate, as an independent Mayor Andy would work hard, be visible and achieve real success.

“I sincerely hope he rocks the present comfort zone of so many elected politicians and gives the local political scene the wake-up call it needs.”

Bob Cuffe MBE, chairman of Darlington Building Society and former managing director of the Gazette and Journal, said: “I was delighted to see Andy Preston put himself forward for Mayor. He’s a positive, energetic business leader, who’s made a huge difference to Teesside in recent years.

“I’m increasingly frustrated with those who put their party before the interests of Teesside. In Andy, we’d have the complete opposite.”

Andy Preston said he was delighted leading local businesspeople had come out in force to support him.

“A major part of my role if I’m elected as mayor will be winning more investment and creating more jobs for Middlesbrough.

“So it’s uplifting for several of the region’s most successful business leaders – experts in job creation and building businesses – to give me their public support.”



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