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Avison Young’s 2021 Forecast Newcastle

Avison Young’s “2021 Forecast Newcastle” is part of a series of city region reports, which explore the evolving realities of the UK commercial real estate landscape in the coming year. The report highlights key trends affecting Newcastle and the wider region, informed by data-based insights and sector specialist advice as part of Avison Young’s 2021

New senior recruit to drive inward investment at a critical time for our economy

At a crucial time for the economy, NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), a public and private sector partnership, that works to position Newcastle and Gateshead as an international destination of choice, has strengthened its team with a senior appointment. Dan Peck has been appointed as the new Head of Inward Investment. Dan will help drive Newcastle and

Newcastle put another Fintech company in their ‘pockit’

Pockit, an inclusive Fintech company focussed on customers who are excluded and underserved by high street banks, has set up a new office in Newcastle. This follows securing £15m of investment finance during 2020 and is part of their UK expansion plans and vision to drive financial inclusion. Pockit has become part of the growing

North East business community comes together to reimagine the future of the economy

More than 200 North East businesses came together to hear about the region’s response to coronavirus at a virtual conference this week. The conference, run by public and private sector partnership NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), saw business leaders from the region talk about the current response to coronavirus, how the North East economy can be restarted

1,700 Newcastle businesses receive £13.8 million cash lifeline

Payments worth £13.8 million are set to land in Newcastle businesses’ bank accounts this week as part of the latest round of business support grants for December to February. One-off grants worth £1,000 for wet-led pubs who missed out on the Christmas trading period, as well as grants for businesses forced to close due to

World-leading innovation advisors open a Newcastle office creating new jobs

ABGI, one of the world’s leading R&D tax incentives and innovation advisors have opened a new office in Newcastle. As part of their national expansion plans, ABGI has recruited an initial team of 9 new ‘Innovation Funding Advisers’ (IFAs) for their Newcastle operation, who will service the company’s clients across the North East of England. The new

New grants launched for Newcastle businesses

A one-off grant worth £1,000 to support ‘wet-led’ pubs who missed out on the busy Christmas trading period, as well as monthly grants to support businesses forced to closed or impacted by Tier Three restrictions at the end of the year is now available for local businesses. Cllr Ged Bell, cabinet member for employment and

City leaders back groundbreaking new partnership

An innovative and ambitious new partnership, seeking to improve the health, wealth and wellbeing of everyone in Newcastle and transform the provision of health and social care in the City, has today (17 December) been formally agreed. Collaborative Newcastle is an alliance between Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Newcastle City Council, Newcastle Gateshead

Newcastle and Gateshead’s strengths shine in 2020

2020 has been such a challenging time for individuals and for businesses, not just in our region but across the world. However, there has also been opportunity, with many of our regions strengths shining through at this time of uncertainty. Working with Newcastle and Gateshead Council and partners, including NE1 we provided advice to almost

Take up at The Lumen at Newcastle Helix Proceeding at a Pace

The completion of The Lumen at Newcastle Helix (extending to106,000 sq. ft.) in March 2020 was a timely and positive event, which brought forward a significant contribution to the dwindling supply of Grade A. office stock within Newcastle city centre, and the first new office development to complete since 2016. It was unique in terms

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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.

Guy Currey

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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