Sunderland Echo

New club bids to connect northern businesses


The man behind the jet suit paramedic concept will be the first speaker at a new networking group aimed at connecting Northern businesses.

In 2019, the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) received £753,000 f ro m c o m pa n i e s . H owe v - er, in 2020 this was down to £412,000.

Membership fees from the

GNAAS Business Club (GBC) will go towards helping the service continue to provide life-saving critical care to ill or injured patients in the region.

Although the membership fee will help the charity, the main goal of the GBC is to create a group for businesses to network and establish a sense of unity and togetherne­ss.

The first event will be a f re e ta s te r s e s s io n ta k i n g place virtually on February 11 with guest speaker Andy M aw s o n , d i r e c t o r o f o p - erations and paramedic at GNAAS.

H e s a i d : “I w i l l b e ta l king about the launch of the jet suit paramedic which we trialled in September 2020, our response to the Covid-19 pandemic, what the future looks like for us and my management style, among other things. It would be great to see as many businesses as possible joining us.”

Businesses of all industries and sizes are welcome to join GBC. The membership fee is £35 (excluding VAT) per month per member (£420 per year excluding VAT).

Members will be invited to networking events throughout the year and get access to exclusive benefits, such as discounted rates on GNAAS’ high-quality facilities hire.

To find out more informatio­n about becoming a member of GBC, email leya. ba k s h @ g n a a s .c o m o r c a l l 01325 487263.

To register for the first event, visit

Testing of the jet suit paramedic concept.

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