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The Biosphere has been recognised for outstanding levels of support to companies in the life sciences sector

The Biosphere has been shortlisted for a ‘Best Sector Support’ award in the OBN Awards 2019. This is a broad ranging award that recognises outstanding levels of support or service to companies in the life sciences sector. OBN (UK) Ltd, is a membership organisation that supports the life science sector. These awards celebrate innovation and

Biosignatures raises £3.5m to develop revolutionary diagnostic technology

Newcastle based Biosignatures has raised £3.5m led by ADV to transform the lives of millions of people by diagnosing serious medical conditions earlier than ever before. Biosignatures discovers new blood tests. The company has developed a machine learning system which, alongside its powerful sample measurement system, is a disruptive and dramatically cost-effective step forward in

£12 million secured for fibre rollout

Digital connectivity in rural communities across the North of Tyne region is set to be transformed following a successful bid for £12million. The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) made a bid to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport earlier this year for the investment from its Local Full Fibre Networks Programme. That

UK Smart City of the Year set to get smarter

Newcastle has been named as one of the fourteen cities to be included in the second phase of City Fibres full fibre roll outs. Building on Newcastle’s position as a recognised centre for tech and digital innovation, the city will become a ‘Gigabit City’ as it receives a share of the £500 million investment announced

Walton Robinson delivers speedy full letting of High Street

Walton Robinson, the Newcastle-based property agency, has supported The High Street Group of Companies’ successful entry into the city’s student accommodation market with the rapid full letting of its first apartment development, Student 52. Having been appointed by the seller of the former office building, S Harrison, Walton Robinson supported the conversion proposal, assisting during

Pegasus Group growth continues with opening of Newcastle office

National multidisciplinary development consultancy Pegasus Group is continuing its expansion with the opening of a new regional office in Newcastle. Based at The Corner, Mosley Street, it is the group’s 13th UK office and reflects an ambitious period of growth and expansion for Pegasus Group, particularly in the north of the country. The office is

Newcastle Angel Hub hosts first pitching event helping North East talent attract investment

North East entrepreneurs developing industry-changing innovation have taken to the stage in the first of a series of new pitching events delivered by the recently launched Newcastle Angel Hub. The businesses pitched their ideas on Monday (15th July), in the hope of securing investment from equity and Angel investors in attendance. The innovative ideas being

Frank Recruitment

Technology recruitment giant opens new location in Irvine

After launching eight offices in the last 18 months, Frank Recruitment Group has opened the doors on its new office in Orange County, California. July 16, 2019 — (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) — Global technology recruitment firm Frank Recruitment Group has this week opened its latest US home in Irvine. The company has already created 20 jobs

The Biosphere hosts workshop to generate ideas to address unmet clinical needs in children’s cancer care

Despite improving survival rates, cancer is the leading cause of death in children and young people. There is a growing need for technology to support children and young people with cancer, as well as to support health care professionals to provide optimal care. NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative (NIHR CYP MedTech) collaborated with the Academic

Guy Currey

Blog: North East England joins Manchester and Leeds as Northern Powerhouse fintech capital

Blog by Guy Currey, Director, Invest North East England As I sat down to write this blog, I asked myself, ‘when was the last time I went into a bank?’ The answer? Well it’s been a long time. The reason is I do nearly all of my banking online, like many of us. From paying

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UK Smart City of the Year set to get smarter

Newcastle has been named as one of the fourteen cities to be included in the second phase of City Fibres full fibre roll outs. Building on Newcastle’s position as a recognised centre for tech and digital innovation, the city will become a ‘Gigabit City’ as it receives a share of the £500 million investment announced

Pegasus Group growth continues with opening of Newcastle office

National multidisciplinary development consultancy Pegasus Group is continuing its expansion with the opening of a new regional office in Newcastle. Based at The Corner, Mosley Street, it is the group’s 13th UK office and reflects an ambitious period of growth and expansion for Pegasus Group, particularly in the north of the country. The office is

Recent investments deliver anticipated growth for recruitment specialist, NRG

The investments made in launching NRG’s recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) and project solution, greenbean by NRG, coupled with ongoing investment in technology and people has resulted in the successful year-on-year growth anticipated by the business. In its financial year ending December 31 2018, the Newcastle-based recruitment specialist delivered against its plan of aligning with key

Newcastle named Smart City of the year

Newcastle has been named as Smart City of the year for its innovative approach in using technology to help transform services and improve the lives of residents. The digital leader award recognised Newcastle for its collaborative approach to innovative use of technology across the city to deliver services more efficiently and make life more liveable

Startup competition partners with leading regional businesses as it returns for 2019

North East-based competition, the If We Can You Can (IWCYC) Challenge, has unveiled its regional business partnerships for 2019 as it launches the 11th year of its annual startup challenge. Amongst the partners is Mincoffs Solicitors, who joins the competition for the second year running as legal partner, Inspirational Bus Tour partner Go North East and accelerator

Newcastle Helix is proud to support Elmer’s Great North Parade

NEWCASTLE HELIX is ‘joining the herd’ by sponsoring a sculpture in Elmer’s Great North Parade, delivered by St Oswald’s Hospice.  Newcastle Helix is proud to be part of this spectacular art trail that will feature more than 50 large individually designed sculptures and 115 little sculptures, based on the much-loved children’s character, Elmer the Patchwork

Great Exhibition legacy project unites SMEs with academic expertise to drive innovation

16 ambitious SMEs within the North East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) area have been successful in securing funds to access university expertise and drive forward ground-breaking projects. Collaborate is the research and development strand of GX, a two-year business innovation programme forming part of the Great Exhibition of the North. GX was developed to engage

Newcastle Angel Hub launch marks a step change in attracting Angel investors to the region

A new initiative to support Business Angels looking to invest in the North East has been launched at FinanceCamp, the region’s annual investment conference, today (Wednesday 22 May). The Newcastle Angel Hub will form part of the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) wider Hub network across the country, and will be delivered by the Innovation

Ageing Innovators amongst first businesses to move into The Biosphere

An accelerator launched at VentureFest North East in November to tackle the challenges faced by an ageing society has selected the first nine companies to go through the programme. Tackling issues as varied as Alzheimer’s and dementia to holistic care and symptom management, the companies will be among the first to move into The Biosphere.

Ward Hadaway defies Brexit-related uncertainty as one of the UK’s busiest legal dealmakers in Experian Q1 rankings

Leading commercial law firm Ward Hadaway has the second busiest team of all Corporate legal dealmakers in the country, according to the latest Q1 Experian MarketIQ legal volume rankings which tracks M&A deals valued at more than £500,000 at regional and national level. The firm’s Corporate team, across its offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester,

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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.

Newcastle Startup Week: 14-18 May 2018

Newcastle Startup Week is a 5-day (& night), citywide and multi-venue festival that inspires and helps more people to start or grow their business. From the world’s first lightbulb to business software & smart data, the ‘test bed city’ of Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England has been inventing the future for

Thinking Digital: 16 – 17 May 2018

The 11th Annual Thinking Digital Conference takes place on 16 & 17 May 2018. Attendees will learn about new technologies, hear innovative ideas and begin to understand how our future is being shaped by them. Enjoy two fabulous days of insight, camaraderie and inspiration all along the banks of the legendary River Tyne. For more

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