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Last call for Discretionary Fund business support grants

Newcastle City Council is advising SMEs that they have until 15 July to apply for business support grants of £5,000. The council is closing the first round of funding applications for a £3 million discretionary fund, aimed at businesses who fell outside the scope of previous government grants. Launched on the 5 June, 300 businesses

Newcastle launches a Citylife line for SMEs

Newcastle City Council will provide much-needed business support for SMEs impacted by COVID-19. Citylife Business Support is a brand-new service that will support small and medium businesses to sustain, recover and safeguard jobs.  This will support the city’s wider economic recovery plan and is one of six projects that have been funded through the £1.5

Leading cancer diagnostics company joins the fight against Coronavirus

MDNA Life Sciences, the world’s leading developer of cancer detection tests based on mitochondrial DNA, is making a COVID-19 virus testing service available from its Newcastle upon Tyne laboratory directly to commercial businesses and other organisations with immediate effect. Harry Smart, chairman of MDNA, explains; “Our core business is the discovery of biomarkers in mitochondrial

Shelborn defies pandemic at Quorum Park as take-up levels soar in first half of 2020

A leading North East office park has secured 100,000 sq.ft of take-up in the first half of 2020 after concluding its latest letting to an efficiency solutions company. Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL) is in the process of fitting out a 35,000 sq.ft floor plate within the Neon building on the recently rebranded Quorum Park, after signing a 10-year

Q&A: Newcastle Helix based fintech business to accelerate global operations following investment from Nasdaq Ventures

Caspian specialise in Automated Anti-Money Laundering (AML) investigation technology and were the first businesses to move into The Core.  Right in the heart of Newcastle Helix they are building a safer future for financial services with a platform that harnesses human intelligence with AI and Machine Learning to help fight financial crime. They are set

NRG eyes growth in office move to Quorum Park as part of continued investment

Newcastle headquartered recruitment business NRG, part of the Galago Group, has revealed plans to move its flagship offices to the NEON building at Quorum Park. The firm is relocating from their Grey Street address after spending more than 40 years in the city centre as it continues its investment into NRG and greenbean businesses. The

National Innovation Centre for Ageing partner with global EdTech company to launch new caregiving app in the UK

Based on Newcastle Helix, The UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) has partnered with a global EdTech company to launch a new digital training program for employers. By bringing together complementary skills, expertise, and intelligence, they have been able to bring a new product to the UK market that will foster a culture of

Newcells Biotech scales up its operations in The Biosphere

Newcells Biotech, a pioneering life-sciences spin-out that applies Human induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (hiPSCs) to develop assays for drug development, have consolidated their two laboratory sites into 500m2 of laboratory and co-located office space in The Biosphere, which forms part of the Newcastle Helix cluster. The purpose-built space in the city centre site offers strong

New Gateshead Quays details announced

International Conference and Exhibition Centre plans unveiled New details have been revealed about the international conference and exhibition centre due to open in winter 2023 on Gateshead Quays. New CGI videos and imagery released today show that the UK’s newest international conference and exhibition centre will be capable of hosting up to 5,000 delegates with

Homes England reaffirms commitment to the north east by relocating to Newcastle office

Government housing agency Homes England has signed a deal with Newcastle City Council to lease office space in the city centre’s new building, The Lumen. The agency currently has a north east base in Gateshead, with the relocation to Newcastle expected to take place later this year. With several live development sites in the region,

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Newcastle launches a Citylife line for SMEs

Newcastle City Council will provide much-needed business support for SMEs impacted by COVID-19. Citylife Business Support is a brand-new service that will support small and medium businesses to sustain, recover and safeguard jobs.  This will support the city’s wider economic recovery plan and is one of six projects that have been funded through the £1.5

Leading cancer diagnostics company joins the fight against Coronavirus

MDNA Life Sciences, the world’s leading developer of cancer detection tests based on mitochondrial DNA, is making a COVID-19 virus testing service available from its Newcastle upon Tyne laboratory directly to commercial businesses and other organisations with immediate effect. Harry Smart, chairman of MDNA, explains; “Our core business is the discovery of biomarkers in mitochondrial

The Catalyst Awarded BREEAM “Outstanding” Rating

National architects, GSSArchitecture, are pleased to announce that following completion in October 2019, The Catalyst has become the first commercial office building in the North East to be awarded the certification of “Outstanding” by BREEAM under the current assessment criteria, a rating reserved for only the top 1% of new UK non-domestic buildings. Located on

New grants launched to support North East SMEs

A new set of grants are available for SMEs looking to drive innovation in the North East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) area. The grants will cover up to 40 per cent of a project up to the value of £3,000 and will support SMEs looking to develop new products or services. Applications are sought from

Newcastle City Council pledges support for businesses and employers who are affected by COVID-19

More than 450 businesses in the city will receive funding worth £8.4m from Newcastle City Council next week to help them through the coronavirus pandemic. Newcastle City Council’s business support service are ensuring that all eligible businesses get access to government funding as quickly as possible as well as help and advice during this difficult

New tenants join Newcastle’s growing life sciences ecosystem

A specialist lab facility tailored to the commercialisation of life sciences on Newcastle Helix has welcomed new tenants as the ecosystem continues to grow.   The Biosphere is a high-quality building with office space and both chemistry and biology laboratories available. The new tenants, Biosignatures and Cognassist, add to the already impressive number of innovative

Newcastle Helix success story: Connected Energy plugs into thriving global market from The Core

This North East business is blazing a trail in the low carbon energy market through their electric vehicle battery innovations. “If you’re working in renewable energy and future mobility, then Newcastle is a good place to be right now.” I’m told by Matthew Lumsden, CEO and Founder of cleantech start-up Connected Energy, based at The

Invest Newcastle launches plans for a return to MIPIM 2020

Invest Newcastle has launched their plans for a return to MIPIM, the world’s largest international property conference. A breakfast event was held at The Biosphere on Newcastle Helix where Invest Newcastle were joined by both the private and public sector.  All attendees were interested in playing part in championing our region on a global stage.

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New figures show North East England outperforming most other areas of UK on inward investment job creation

New figures released by the Department for International Trade show North East England is one of the most successful regions outside London in creating jobs from foreign direct investment. The latest figures show that in 2018/19 the North East created 125 jobs for every 100,000 people (working age population), placing it only behind London and

Property consultancies merge to create regional market leader

Two leading names in North East property are joining forces to create the region’s largest independent commercial property firm. Naylors and Gavin Black & Partners are coming together to form Naylors Gavin Black LLP. The new company will commence trading with immediate effect and boast a combined team of 38 staff. Gavin Black, Chris Pearson

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Webinar: Maintaining Employee Engagement and Furlough

Through the GX Project NewcastleGateshead Initiative is running the below webinar in partnership with Innovation SuperNetwork to support North East SMEs. Maintaining Employee Engagement and Furlough Monday 6th April, 2pm SIGN UP HERE Therese Liddle (Chief Executive, NRG) and Paul Scope (Partner, Ward Hadaway) will cover recruitment, employment and law to help companies understand how to maintain employee engagement and roll out

Webinar: Furlough- Your Questions Answered

Through the GX Project NewcastleGateshead Initiative is running the below webinar in partnership with Innovation SuperNetwork to support North East SMEs. Furlough – Your Questions Answered Thursday 2nd April, 3pm SIGN UP HERE In the first of our webinars, Paul Scope, (Partner, Ward Hadaway) will talk through furlough, and help businesses understand how they can apply it in their

A FREE event for Early Stage Investors

A FREE event for Early Stage Investors Connected Investing Newcastle is a FREE event for early stage investors,  delivered by UKBAA in partnership with Innovate UK. It takes place on 17th June 2019 at The Core will look at the major shift in emphasis towards regional funding support. The focus will be on educating and

MIPIM: 12-15 March 2019 – Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

Newcastle City Council and Invest Newcastle have led a private sector delegation to MIPIM for the past three years, demonstrating our region’s strengths as one of the UK’s fastest growing places in which to invest, develop or locate. MIPIM is a 4-day real estate exhibition, conference and networking event with more than 26,000 participants and more

Legal Geek Conference: 17 October 2018 – London

Legal Geek bring together 2,000 of the biggest names in LawTech at their annual conference held in Shoreditch, London.  Steve Caughey, Director of the Innovation Centre for Data and Antony Vigneron, Director, Legal Technology Solutions from Clifford Chance will be taking part in a TedEx Style talk about the Power of Data and how legal tech firms who

The Great Exhibition of the North attracts inward investment from international gaming firm

An award-winning lottery and bingo games provider will be setting up a new games development studio in Hoults Yard, Newcastle. Gamevy – a leading licensed games supplier with offices in London, Berlin and Bilbao, Spain, produce a range of high-quality real-money games. This innovative start-up develops a range from keno and scratch cards to real skill

 Newcastle Startup Week Festival: 13-17 May 2019

Newcastle Startup Week is a 5-day (& night) festival that inspires and helps hundreds of people to start or grow their business in the North East of England. For more information visit https://newcastlestartupweek.com/

Amazon Academy Newcastle: 5 June

Following the success of the Amazon Academy events throughout the UK in 2017, the second Amazon Academy of 2018 will take place in Newcastle. The Amazon Academy will provide free advice and practical support to help SMEs succeed in the digital economy. The event is open to businesses of all sizes and is being run

Hate selling? Skills for an effective alternative: 24 May

If you hate selling, and would like a softer – yet effective – way to grow your business, this course is for you. We will share details of how to: Hold sales meetings without being ‘salesy’ Grow revenue from existing client relationships Rescue difficult client relationships AND how to: Conduct client meetings in a structured,

First Friday: 6 April 2018

Get down to The Core at Newcastle Helix for coffee and informal networking on the First Friday of the month from 8am – 10am. No need to register; just pop in, and grab yourself a coffee.

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