The latest NewcastleGateshead Initiative Partner Update event brought together representatives from across the region’s businesses to explore why the North East’s cultural reputation is vital to our local and regional economies.
The event, held at Northern Stage in Newcastle on Thursday 13 February, attracted around 150 people from partner organisations across a range of sectors, making it one of the most successful Partner Updates we’ve ever held. Lorne Campbell, artistic director at Northern Stage, kicked off the event proceedings with a welcome speech and an update on their work to support aspiring actors, produce fresh and relevant productions as well as present the best in local, national and international theatre.
NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s chief executive Sarah Stewart spoke about using our cultural assets to promote NewcastleGateshead as a leading city break destination, while our research manager, Ian Thomas gave an insight into the positive impact music tourism has on our local and regional economies.
These inspiring speeches were complemented by John Irving from Newcastle United Football Club - which has recently announced that international rock group, Kings of Leon, will play its only UK Stadium gig at St James’ Park in May 2014 as part of the Mechanical Bull Tour - and Northern Stage’s Jim Beirne who explained plans for a £10m capital development scheme, which will see an area of Newcastle’s Quayside transformed into a cultural hub.
Head of culture and events at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Carol Bell, rounded off the presentations with forthcoming highlights from our cultural calendar and the event finished with a fantastic performance from Northern Stage’s North 14 actors.
The event was a huge success and we would like to thank all of our partners who attended. Here’s what a few of them had to say about it:
Hannah McGivern, Newcastle Science City
Anna Scott, Northumbria University
For a full list of our forthcoming partner meetings and events click here
Our inward investment team has successfully applied its business support expertise to help software company, 4Projects, relocate its UK headquarters and bring 30 jobs to Newcastle.
4Projects moved into its new premises at Central Square as part of a £3m investment and plans to expand by more than 50% this year. Our inward investment team supported the relocation through a bespoke package of business support services, including assistance with the Let’s Grow bid and access to research intelligence, property and training solutions.
Catherine Walker, director of inward investment at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “We’re delighted that 4Projects have chosen Newcastle for the location of its European headquarters. The city’s ambition for growth can only be achieved through the attraction of high performing companies such as 4Projects bringing and creating highly skilled knowledge and innovation led jobs.
“They will join an extensive cluster of software development companies, world-class universities and collaborative networks that push the boundaries of technology, providing innovative tech solutions for global companies around the world. This reinforces our growing reputation across the UK and beyond as one on the most vibrant and talented tech communities outside of London. And with the development of a headquarters function, they will be a strategically important employer and we look forward to working with them to ensure they experience a seamless integration as well as having access to the support needed for sustainable growth.”
Steve Spark, managing director of 4Projects, added: “The increased demand for effective project and BIM collaboration tools from a variety of construction stakeholders across the globe has required us to expand our UK-based team. We will be creating up to 30 new jobs, including developers, technical support, quality assurance and sales professionals.
“The support that the Let’s Grow programme has presented creates an environment in which 4Projects can capitalise on the growing market for construction collaboration tools and the unique opportunity to be at the ground level of Newcastle’s emergence as a recognised centre for innovation and technology in the region.”
NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau is participating in the ‘UK Events Market Trends Survey’ (UKEMTS) and we need your help to collect as much data as we can.
The ‘UK Events Market Trends Survey 2014’ (UKEMTS) measures essential characteristics of the conference and events market from the venue perspective. It’s a very useful piece of national research and is one of the few which helps to monitor trends nationally.
We’re keen to ensure the conference industry across North East England is well represented in this project and encourage all venues to get involved. We have commissioned a more detailed breakdown of the results, with a greater focus on both NewcastleGateshead and the wider North East region. The results of the report – which will be very beneficial to all involved in the business tourism industry – will be shared with you later in the year.
It will be emailed out soon, so please look out for it in your inbox - North East England has always been a region with a very high response rate to this survey so let‘s keep up the good work and ensure as many of our venues as possible are represented!
Football legends, John Beresford and Jimmy Montgomery will come face-to-face for a Friendly Foosball Derby to entertain exhibition attendees on NewcastleGateshead’s stand at International Confex.
The Tyne-Wear Friendly Foosball Derby will take place as part of a drinks reception to be held on day one of International Confex (12 March) on the NewcastleGateshead stand. Exhibition attendees will be encouraged to spectate as the legends go head-to-head and also take on the two sporting stars themselves.
The foosball challenge is just one of the activities set to entertain visitors to the NewcastleGateshead stand. Magician, Paul Lytton will return with the Convention Bureau team to wow audiences and a host of prizes are up for grabs to those lucky enough to win on the Bureau’s Geordie one-armed bandit.
NewcastleGateshead’s new Meetings and Events Guide will also launch to conference planners at the show, having twice won the Meetings Industry Marketing Award for Best Brochure (2010, 2012). The new guide is designed with the Convention Bureau’s successful ‘Experiences Delegates Love’ campaign in mind and has maintained its most popular features: integrated QR codes, testimonials and a destination user guide.
NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau is attending International Confex 2014 alongside a range of local venues and suppliers, they are: R&B Group, Sage Gateshead, Newcastle United Football Club (Sodexo), Sunderland Association Football Club, Hilton Newcastle Gateshead and Crowne Plaza Newcastle (due to open in 2015).