Sarah Glendinning, CBI North East Director, said:
“We look forward to working closely with Jamie Driscoll to create more jobs and investment in the region.
“Now is the time to hit the ground running and start delivering on the needs of business and the wider community across the North of Tyne.
“Business has three priorities for the incoming Mayor: improving skills, upgrading creaking infrastructure and delivering a successful Local Industrial Strategy.
“The CBI will work with the Mayor to represent the region as a whole, providing a strong voice here, in Westminster and overseas.”