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Northumbria secures funding worth up to £1.9 million to help SMEs and graduate start-ups

Northumbria University has launched a project that offers a package of financial support and expert advice to SMEs and graduate start-ups, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Northumbria Enterprise and Business Support 2 (NEBS2) also includes a financial contribution to help small businesses employ up to two graduates, typically on

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Aspire set to transform Newcastle’s digital future with multi-million-pound full fibre rollout

Newcastle City Council have appointed Aspire Technology Solutions to deliver a next generation full fibre network serving hundreds of public sector sites across the region. The state-of-the-art network will be delivered by Aspire, in partnership with Virgin Media Business Wholesale. The venture is expected to boost business productivity and deliver millions in local economic benefits

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Plan unveiled to double North East health and life sciences jobs

A new strategy designed to double the number of North East jobs in the health, life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry has been launched. The North East Health, Life Sciences and Medicines Manufacturing Strategy has been developed by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) working in partnership with the NHS, businesses, universities and leaders in

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DRS creating new jobs following significant growth in Newcastle and office move

Legal service specialists Document Risk Solutions (DRS) have created more than 50 jobs since 2017 and are currently recruiting following a move into a new office building. DRS, who deliver contract management services to some of the largest banks and asset managers, have grown their local team from 3 to 55 in three years, after

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New grant scheme launching soon to support struggling essential businesses

Newcastle City Council is urging taxi drivers and other essential businesses to get ready for a new grant scheme that will launch on Monday 22 February. With funding availability and criteria set by government, the council has developed a new scheme aimed at helping businesses who have been excluded from earlier grant schemes as they

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Prime Minister, Boris Johnson visits QuantuMDx

QuantuMDx welcomed the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, for a tour of its purpose-built HQ in Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 13 February 2021. QuantuMDx has developed Q-POC™ a revolutionary 30 minute PCR diagnostics device, and accompanying SARS-CoV-2 test. Q-POC™ is an innovative portable, Polymerase Chain Reaction (‘PCR’) device offering lab-standard diagnostic testing as

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National Innovation Centre hosts ageing innovation workshop with Nordic and Baltic regions

Today (4th February) innovation and research organisations from across the UK, Sweden, and Estonia have attended the first in a series of online workshops, to share expertise on how to involve citizens in healthy ageing research and innovation. Hosted by the UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) and the British Embassies in Tallinn and

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Grant deadline for wet-led pubs extended

Newcastle City Council is advising pubs that the deadline to apply for Christmas grants has now been extended until 28 February 2021. Government has extended the availability of the scheme to support pubs through lost trade over the Christmas period. The £1,000 grants are available for pubs who derive less than half (50%) of their

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Large pre-let commitments and speculative starts provide optimism

Strategic real estate advisor Avison Young has released its latest quarterly Big Nine office market update, covering Q4 2020, the year in review and predictions for 2021. Total take-up across the Big Nine cities amounted to 5.6 million sq ft during 2020, the lowest annual figure following the Global Financial Crisis and 33% down on

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Virtual Launch of Avison Young’s 2021 Forecast Newcastle

Avison Young has hosted a virtual launch of their 2021 Forecast Newcastle attended by 100 + clients and invited guests. The event, which was chaired by Gordon Hewling, Principal and Managing Director, Avison Young, Newcastle, included a panel of guest speakers namely, Michelle Percy, Director of Place, Newcastle City Council, Lucy Winskell, OBE DL,  Chair

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