North East business leaders celebrated the region’s many achievements in Durham Cathedral on September 26, and raised over £154,000 for the building’s restoration, at the Chamber’s Annual Dinner sponsored by Gateshead College and Durham University. Guests heard keynote speaker Sir Tim Laurence, chair of English Heritage, emphasise the importance of buildings like the cathedral. Business Durham supported the networking and entertainment, and Heathrow Airport supported the drinks reception. Franks the Carpet Store also helped to protect the cathedral fabric by providing carpeting throughout the nave