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The people making it happen

In this editorial section, we introduce you to key players from across North East England, with interviews with figures from the world of business, academia, culture and sport - as well as some famous faces - to get to the heart of what makes the region so special.

We also meet the people making it happen - those who work hard behind the scenes every day to make conferences and events in NewcastleGateshead run seamlessly.

Proud Geordies Ant and Dec share why they are so proud to be from the North East, while TV's Alexander Armstrong also provides a warm welcome and introduces his view on the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the region.

Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President of Newcastle University talks about the life-changing research happening here in NewcastleGateshead, and Rob Charlton of Space Group talks about the digital and tech sector and the Building Information modelling (BIM) revolution that is happening here in our city, redefining a traditional industry on a global scale.

Virgin Money's Jayne-Anne Gadhia shares her thoughts on NewcastleGateshead as a great place to do business; Ryder Architecture's Paul Bell discusses the ambitious plans for Northern Arc with Hyperloop One - the brainchild of Elon Musk - which mean the whole of the North of England and Scotland could be connected in under 47 minutes; and Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones talks about what it means for Newcastle to be a smart and sustainable city.

Finally, Jane Percy, Duchess of Northumberland shares her ambitious plans for The Alnwick Graden and her love of North East England's spectacular rural spaces, while football legend, Alan Shearer talks about why the city is the perfect stage for major international sporting events.

The content and photography in this editorial section were produced by North East Times.

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