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Honeycomb letting facilitates energy firm’s rapid expansion

Even more businesses in the North East will soon be able to enjoy cost-effective and low carbon energy after a letting by the region’s largest independent commercial property consultancy. HQBS is in the process of doubling its workforce as part of a move to new premises in a deal brokered by the office agency team at Naylors Gavin

New data science skills support clean tech innovator with their growth plans

New data skills and models of delivery are supporting a clean tech innovator to scale overseas and optimise outputs.  Working with the National Innovation Centre for Data, Connected Energy have embedded new data science skills into their organisation, helping to deliver more efficient battery storage for their customers.  As a business their data accumulation was

Newcastle Helix: A global hub for COVID-19 innovations and solutions

Newcastle Helix is a unique partnership between Newcastle City Council, Legal & General and Newcastle University.  Businesses, researchers, and scientists based on this 24-acre development have been innovating and collaborating to support the global fight against COVID-19. Not only to combat the immediate impacts but preparing cities and regions for our post covid world.  Both

New campaign launched to kickstart North East tourism industry

Residents urged to share ‘My Kind of Toon’ As the Government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme starts, a new campaign has been launched to support the North East’s £5bn tourism economy. The ‘My Kind of Toon’ campaign is targeted at residents in NewcastleGateshead and the wider North East, encouraging them to support the region’s

Samuel Knight quadruples office space in deal secured by Naylors Gavin Black

The transformation of a prominent leisure property into one of Newcastle’s coolest new office spaces has completed following a letting by Naylors Gavin Black. The Newcastle-based commercial property specialist has brokered a 15-year lease on the ground floor accommodation at City Quadrant, Westmorland Road, to international recruitment company, Samuel Knight. As part of the transaction,

How Busy is Toon website awarded funding to support the city centre

A popular new website that helps people in Newcastle feel safer in the city centre will now be developed further thanks to government funding. www.howbusyistoon.com is the brainchild of a digital partnership between Newcastle City Council, Newcastle University and NE1. It has been developed using real-time data to show how busy it is in the

Leading video games company to boost Newcastle studio

Ubisoft secures expanded lease for its Newcastle based AAA games development studio. Despite lockdown, Ubisoft Reflections will take a 10-year lease of the second floor of Partnership House in Gosforth totalling 14,370 sq. ft.  Property consultants Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) and Knight Frank acted on behalf of landlord, Newcastle City Council while Ubisoft Reflections were

North East England – the UK’s inward investment hot spot

The North East has outperformed every other English region outside London on the number of new jobs created from foreign direct investment in 2019/20, relative to its population. The latest figures from The Department for International Trade (DIT) show that in 2019/20 the North East created 179 jobs for every 100,000 people (working age population),

Another funding boost for Biosphere based business

A Newcastle-based pre-clinical service provider has been awarded Innovate UK grant to support the global fight against COVID-19.    Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency has awarded Alcyomics, £50,000 to carry out critical scientific support in the production of a vaccine for Covid-19. They are one of three businesses that are based in The Biosphere

Lift-off as specialist lifting firm doubles turnover following acquisition

North East engineering company JK Lifting Equipment is celebrating a successful first year under new ownership, which has seen the firm double its turnover and headcount. Managing director James Bright acquired the company, originally named John Kesson Lifting, in June 2019. The firm was founded by John Kesson in 1983. John remains a key member

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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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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

How important is Employee Engagement & Wellbeing to your organisation’s success? 28 March

Employee Engagement has been identified as one of the biggest challenges for organisations and in particular small to medium sized business and yet it is key to the growth of our UK economy. And with around 30 million employees and only a third engaged, we’ve got some work to do if we want to see

Newcastle housing hub meeting: ‘Enabling housing delivery’

Buildoffsite Housing Hub provides a valuable opportunity for Northern England with a programme of influential speakers, engaging, topical content and an opportunity for organisations within the housing sector to connect and collaborate, with regional information and knowledge sharing. 14:00 Registrations 14:15 Welcome 14:25 Buildoffsite Housing Hub 14:45 Brian Ham, Home Group – Capabilities & Guiding

The Future of Android and Tech in the North East: 25th January

In partnership with TIGA, Google is proud to present the first of its Android Update talks in the tech hub of Newcastle.

The commercialisation of medical products: Customer insights for better product development

The commercial success of products and services for medical or healthcare applications depends on the identification of unmet customer needs and the development of an offering that meets them. This event, chaired by Dale Athey, CEO of Orla Protein Technologies, will help companies find the most effective methods for obtaining customer insights for better product

OBN Senior Executive Breakfast – 6th December

OBN Senior Executive Breakfast meetings comprise high level round table discussions, with this special Newcastle edition focusing on:

OBN BioTuesday – 5th December

OBN will be joined by a line-up of industry experts from the National Innovation Centre for Ageing the NHSA and Invest Newcastle to discuss:

Newcastle Rare Disease Showcase: 31st October 2017

Organised and hosted by Findacure at The Centre For Life and supported by Newcastle University, The Newcastle Rare Disease Showcase will give you the opportunity to find out the latest on rare diseases.

VRTGO Conference: 2nd November 2017

VRTGO conference will be held at The Baltic Gallery on the South Shore in Gateshead this year and will feature a wide-range of speakers from companies such as Epic Games.

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