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How North East England’s offshore wind sector is helping the UK reach net zero

By Guy Currey, Director of Invest North East England   The recent COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow has really energised businesses and organisations to focus on carbon reduction and make solid commitments to reduce their carbon emissions and support the UK’s ambition to reach net zero by 2050. There was much news

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HMRC to move to Pilgrim’s Quarter in Newcastle city centre

Newcastle’s Pilgrim’s Quarter, part of the Pilgrim Street development, is set to become the new home for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the North East. Part of the Government Hub network, HMRC’s state-of-the-art regional centre will be based at the new development and will accommodate approximately 9,000 staff from HMRC. The Newcastle building will

Headshot of Rachel Chambers wearing black glasses

In conversation with Rachel Chambers, Chief Operating Officer of Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres – North East, at Newcastle University

What are the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre’s (DER-IC)?   Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre’s – or DER-IC as we often refer to them – was born out of the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge. Back in 2018, Innovate UK committed £80 million to support this area of work. One strand of funding

Newcastle named UK’s smartest city in global Smart City Index

Newcastle has been named as the highest ranked UK city and ahead of some of the world’s best-known cities in the global Smart City Index. The ranking measures how the lives of communities are improved by smart technology. Climbing two places from last year’s index ranking to 21st, Newcastle has usurped both London and Manchester

Four people stood smiling towards camera with sandstone building in background. On the left stands a woman in a light blue blazer with a short bob haircut and glasses. Next to her stands a man with no hair in a blue suit and tie and white shirt, he has a beard. Next to him stands a man with a grey blazer and blue jumper with light, cropped hair. Next to him stands a woman with longer brown hair, a black blouse and green tropical print skirt. They are all smiling towards the camera.

Global digital consultancy to invest in a UK hub in the North creating up to 100 jobs in Newcastle

As part of ambitious growth plans for the UK, a global digital consultancy has chosen Newcastle as its second UK base. Established in Tokyo in 2006, Monstarlab plans to create up to 100 new tech roles by 2024. With an office in London already, the company will expand its work in the UK market with a new hub in the North East, strengthening their UK footprint and showing their commitment to the region. This global

Occupier confidence across the Big Nine office markets has reached its highest level since the pandemic

Increasing confidence has released pent-up demand and requirements that have been on hold during the past 18 months. As such, there has been a depth to the number and size of deals this quarter, including some exceptional lettings. The Newcastle office market has recorded its strongest quarterly take-up on record, following an exceptional letting to

Commsworld forms new partnership with Northumberland rural broadband expert Alncom

Commsworld, the UK’s largest independent network provider, is partnering up with rural broadband expert Alncom to transform digital networks and infrastructure throughout Northumberland. The Edinburgh-headquartered company is joining forces with Alnwick-based Alncom to give businesses and organisations in the remotest parts of the county the chance to enjoy significantly enhanced broadband connectivity, bandwidth and resilience.

In conversation with TusPark UK

TusPark are the largest owner and operator of science parks around the world. In 2018, with the support of Invest Newcastle and in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs they opened their first UK office in Newcastle. Their core purpose is to support early and scale-up stage companies considering international expansion into the Chinese market. We

The case for clean techs: Supporting Newcastle’s Net Zero ambitions

Sam Cassidy, Inward Investment Manager at Invest Newcastle, who are part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), has been working on various inward investment campaigns over the last three years. He is now taking on the helm as energy lead and sustainability lead and has a particular interest in clean tech having recently completed a master’s degree

Impressive milestone for key city development

Newcastle’s most impressive new development has reached a key milestone with the completion of the building’s central core – which can be seen towering over the city skyline. Bank House, on Pilgrim Street, is being constructed by Bowmer + Kirkland for Taras Properties and is the first phase of a multi-million development which will transform

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How North East England’s offshore wind sector is helping the UK reach net zero

By Guy Currey, Director of Invest North East England   The recent COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow has really energised businesses and organisations to focus on carbon reduction and make solid commitments to reduce their carbon emissions and support the UK’s ambition to reach net zero by 2050. There was much news

Proposed building structure

HMRC to move to Pilgrim’s Quarter in Newcastle city centre

Newcastle’s Pilgrim’s Quarter, part of the Pilgrim Street development, is set to become the new home for HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the North East. Part of the Government Hub network, HMRC’s state-of-the-art regional centre will be based at the new development and will accommodate approximately 9,000 staff from HMRC. The Newcastle building will

Headshot of Rachel Chambers wearing black glasses

In conversation with Rachel Chambers, Chief Operating Officer of Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres – North East, at Newcastle University

What are the Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre’s (DER-IC)?   Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centre’s – or DER-IC as we often refer to them – was born out of the Driving the Electric Revolution challenge. Back in 2018, Innovate UK committed £80 million to support this area of work. One strand of funding

Newcastle named UK’s smartest city in global Smart City Index

Newcastle has been named as the highest ranked UK city and ahead of some of the world’s best-known cities in the global Smart City Index. The ranking measures how the lives of communities are improved by smart technology. Climbing two places from last year’s index ranking to 21st, Newcastle has usurped both London and Manchester

Four people stood smiling towards camera with sandstone building in background. On the left stands a woman in a light blue blazer with a short bob haircut and glasses. Next to her stands a man with no hair in a blue suit and tie and white shirt, he has a beard. Next to him stands a man with a grey blazer and blue jumper with light, cropped hair. Next to him stands a woman with longer brown hair, a black blouse and green tropical print skirt. They are all smiling towards the camera.

Global digital consultancy to invest in a UK hub in the North creating up to 100 jobs in Newcastle

As part of ambitious growth plans for the UK, a global digital consultancy has chosen Newcastle as its second UK base. Established in Tokyo in 2006, Monstarlab plans to create up to 100 new tech roles by 2024. With an office in London already, the company will expand its work in the UK market with a new hub in the North East, strengthening their UK footprint and showing their commitment to the region. This global

Occupier confidence across the Big Nine office markets has reached its highest level since the pandemic

Increasing confidence has released pent-up demand and requirements that have been on hold during the past 18 months. As such, there has been a depth to the number and size of deals this quarter, including some exceptional lettings. The Newcastle office market has recorded its strongest quarterly take-up on record, following an exceptional letting to

Commsworld forms new partnership with Northumberland rural broadband expert Alncom

Commsworld, the UK’s largest independent network provider, is partnering up with rural broadband expert Alncom to transform digital networks and infrastructure throughout Northumberland. The Edinburgh-headquartered company is joining forces with Alnwick-based Alncom to give businesses and organisations in the remotest parts of the county the chance to enjoy significantly enhanced broadband connectivity, bandwidth and resilience.

The case for clean techs: Supporting Newcastle’s Net Zero ambitions

Sam Cassidy, Inward Investment Manager at Invest Newcastle, who are part of NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), has been working on various inward investment campaigns over the last three years. He is now taking on the helm as energy lead and sustainability lead and has a particular interest in clean tech having recently completed a master’s degree

Impressive milestone for key city development

Newcastle’s most impressive new development has reached a key milestone with the completion of the building’s central core – which can be seen towering over the city skyline. Bank House, on Pilgrim Street, is being constructed by Bowmer + Kirkland for Taras Properties and is the first phase of a multi-million development which will transform

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

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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

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:

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