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Leeds based technology and engineering consultancy, BJSS, expands into Newcastle with the opening of a new office

The consultancy firm invests in the region as it continues to bolster its presence across the UK. BJSS, the Leeds based technology and engineering consultancy, today announces it has opened a new office in Newcastle. The company aims to hire 40 new employees in the region by 2022, with all new recruits adopting BJSS’ company-wide

Why North East England is in the driving seat of the UK’s electrification revolution

By Guy Currey, Director of Invest North East England Everyone can remember buying their first car. Mine was a second hand rusty white Ford Fiesta and it did around 37 miles per gallon. Whilst it wasn’t the flashiest number, it got me from a to b (sometimes, not always). For a whole new generation, buying

Consul General visit showcases the region’s global trade potential

North East business and community leaders have welcomed the Indian Consul General,  Dr Shashank Vikram, to the region as part of ongoing discussions to increase global export links and further strengthen bi-lateral trade opportunities between local and overseas organisations. Hosted by regional ambassador and entrepreneur, Ammar Mirza CBE, Dr Vikram was guest of honour at

Global tech firm to open operations hub in Newcastle

A leading global technology consultancy has chosen Newcastle as the location for its third UK office. Thoughtworks, who have won multiple awards for their commitment to diversity and inclusion will create 100 highly skilled tech roles by 2024, with this move adding to their growing portfolio of offices across the world. The firm, which is

Onyx Health Marks Record Growth with Six New Appointment

Healthcare marketing communication specialists Onyx Health have made six new appointments to their rapidly expanding team since the last lockdown, following a year of record income growth and international client expansion. The new additions to the team at Onyx Health include Senior Designer Anabel Dakin, Business and Finance Manager Beth Kerrigan, Senior Marketing Communications Project

The North of Tyne Combined authority will invest £12m to boost the digital sector in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland

The investment, which includes £7m for a 5G and Future Connectivity fund, will be used to create jobs in a ‘digital ecosystem’ of mutually supportive tech businesses and organisations. It will help create 600 jobs and safeguard a further 140. It will also unlock support for over 500 enterprises and 450 residents, and underpins the

In Conversation | David Holmes, Membership Manager for Bionow talks about why Life Sciences companies should look to the North East as a base

Bionow is a membership organisation that supports business growth, competitiveness and innovation within the biomedical and life science sectors in the North of England. It adds value and cost-efficiency to scientific, clinical and business operations within early stage and growth-oriented firms. We spoke to David Holmes, Membership Manager at Bionow, about the strengths of the

Onyx Health Launch Creative Studio After Record Year

Healthcare marketing communications specialists Onyx Health have set up a new creative studio following a year of record income growth and international client expansion. The Newcastle based agency has moved into the penthouse suite in Generator Studios, overlooking the River Tyne and the iconic Tyne Bridge. The custom-built studio includes meeting hubs, breakout areas and

Record year for inward investment and job boost for Newcastle and Gateshead

Despite a challenging start to 2020, Invest Newcastle has facilitated a record number of new investments and expansions, creating and safeguarding more than 2,500 jobs. From March 2020 to April 2021, the team has supported 26 new businesses to invest and locate their business in Newcastle and Gateshead – an increase of 13% on the

Avison Young releases analysis of regional office markets for Q1 2021 Big Nine data shows slow start but sentiment and activity improving

Strategic real estate advisor Avison Young has released its latest quarterly Big Nine office market update, covering the first quarter of 2021. Newcastle and Bristol, which were the top performing cities in 2020, have continued their robust performance into 2021. Take-up in Newcastle amounted to 54,980 sq. ft in the city centre and 84,400 sq.

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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

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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