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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.

Tower Crane arrival changes “skyscape” at Taras Properties Bank House project

Chris Turnbull, director, Avison Young and project manager on the East Pilgrim Street, Newcastle major regeneration scheme, provides an insight into a key happening last weekend. The tower crane to facilitate construction of Bank House, the 120,000sq.ft. 14 storey, first phase building by Taras Properties (Reuben Bros) was successfully erected by the contractor B+K over

Working together to create a better future for the region

Invest North East England (INEE) is the strategic inward investment agency that works on behalf of seven local authorities in North East England. Xplor, who provide management software for health and fitness clubs have chosen Newcastle as a place to locate their service delivery business, looking to create over 200 new jobs this year as

Newcastle attracts investment from international technology firm Xplor who will create over 200 jobs this year

Newcastle has beaten off stiff competition from nine other UK cities as a business location for international software and payments firm. As part of their global expansion plans, Xplor, a leading provider of enterprise software, payments and commerce-enabling solutions for businesses, has selected Newcastle city centre as the location of its new customer service operations.

Developer Plans New Office Scheme To Support North East’s Recovery Drive

Tynexe Commercial Ltd, developer of AirView Park, has agreed the release of funds to submit a planning application for a new, 18,000 sq ft, high quality office-based scheme. It will comprise of two buildings aimed at delivering new jobs, inward investment and business growth opportunities to strengthen the North East’s recovery. The scheme could become

QuantuMDx completes £11m funding round

QuantuMDx Group Limited, the UK-based life sciences company developing transformational point-of-care molecular diagnostics, today announces it has raised £11 million in its latest funding round. Proceeds will be used to complete manufacturing and commercial scale up of Q-POC™, QuantuMDx’s rapid, PCR point of care diagnostic system which detects SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19. The

Covid Compliant Assurance Scheme to help businesses reassure customers it’s safe to return

Businesses across Newcastle are being urged to give their customers the confidence to return by signing up to a new, free Covid Compliant Assurance Scheme. The project, run by Newcastle City Council, with backing from NE1 and NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), aims to offer a highly visible way for all premises to show they have taken

City developing a shared vision for recovery

Residents, industry experts, businesses and community groups will work together on Newcastle’s plans for economic recovery. They will be part of a shared vision for the future that will shape the city as a place to live, work and do business. On behalf of the city and together with a broad range of stakeholders, Newcastle

Newcastle City Council reveals vision for £50m transformation of city centre

Newcastle City Council today unveils its vision to transform the city centre as part of an ambitious wider recovery plan. The £50m City Centre Transformation Programme (CCTP) is a critical part of the council’s long-held vision to improve the city centre, which has become even more important as the city looks to recover following the

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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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