Jeremy Middleton is a self-made businessman living in the North East of England.
He co-founded HomeServe plc, now a FTSE 250 company. HomeServe operates throughout the UK, USA, France, Spain and Italy. Jeremy remains a shareholder and is on the Executive Committee.
Jeremy founded the investment company Middleton Enterprises. The firm's investments cover a range of sectors including energy, financial services, technology and property.
The company also has interests in commercial and residential property.
Jeremy started his career as a brand manager with Procter & Gamble in Newcastle upon Tyne and spent a number of years working for PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Marketing Consultant.
Utilitywise plc is an energy procurement and management company that is listed on AIM. Jeremy is a Non-Executive Director and a shareholder.
North East Local Enterprise Partnership - Jeremy was a board member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership 2011 until 2016. In that capacity he leads on Access to Finance and Social Enterprise. He has warmly welcomed the North East Independent Economic Review conducted by Lord Adonis and is firmly committed to helping re-balance the North East economy away from reliance on the public sector by dramatically growing the private sector.
Chairman of North East LEP Investment Panel - Jeremy chaired the Investment Panel, making recommendations to the LEP Board for the £25 million Growing Places Fund and the £30 million Infrastructure Fund secured from the Regional Growth Fund. The criteria for both funds include a focus on lending (not grants), and a commitment to leverage (pulling in as much third party funding as possible) and to maximising job creation.
Regional Support – Jeremy served as a Member of the Local Management Committee of the European Regional Development Fund. He served as a Non-Executive Board Member for North East Finance between 2011 and 2016.
Business Governor at Studio West, Newcastle - Studio West is a 13 – 19 school that opened on the old All Saints site in West Denton in September 2014.
Studio West pioneers real life, work-based, project learning and more than 50% of the curriculum is project based.
The vision of the school is to help young people bridge the gap between education and the world of work. Jeremy is helping the school to build close links between businesses and the school.
Changing Lives - Jeremy joined the Board of Changing Lives in 2013. Changing Lives is a substantial North East charity focused on social disadvantage. His key priority there is to support the purchase and refurbishment of empty properties which are then made available at below market rates. This project is supported by the Government's Empty Homes Project.
World Vision - Jeremy worked in partnership with World Vision UK from 2012 until 2016. He piloted a new sponsorship product for the charity best known for child sponsorship around the world. Sangailu in Eastern Kenya is a very poor community living in a very fragile environment. Sponsorship has funded an Economic Development Team that is working with the local community to improve the supply of clean water, improve sanitation, raise levels of attendance in school and raise living standards in this community of 8000 people. Jeremy worked with World Vision to help them develop the idea of "community sponsorship" and to source other supporters for similar economic development projects.
CBE - In 2012 Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for Services to Politics and Charities.