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Redundancy support for employers as the end of furlough approaches and unemployment continues to rise

To tackle growing unemployment figures, a new service is supporting job seekers to find work and employers to future-proof their business. Jobs@SkillsHub is a brand-new service that provides a job matching service for those looking for work and for employers looking to recruit locally or support staff at risk...

Bloom Procurement Services deliver £28 million in social value over just 12 months

A new report has revealed that Gateshead-based Bloom Procurement Services has enabled over £28 million in social value activity within one year. The figure, officially released in the procurement specialist’s new Social Value Report for 2019/2020, highlights the positive social, economic and environmental impact the business has successfully enabled...

North East tourism industry makes clear statement of desire to continue trading

New research has shown that nearly 70 per cent of North East businesses in the hospitality and tourism sector would currently prefer to stay in Tier 2 on the Government’s local Covid alert levels. Only five per cent believed their business would be better off in Tier 3, with...

North East entrepreneur invests in local talent to drive growth of popular eatery

A budding bistro owner is reaping the benefits of investing in young, local talent as her Newcastle-based cafes go from strength to strength. Mandeep Walia, who owns and manages Café 1901 in Jesmond, Gosforth and Manors in Newcastle has focused on each café becoming an integral part of their...

Icons from across the globe celebrate healthy ageing and share their stories in a new hybrid exhibit on Newcastle Helix

Today, (1 October) on the United Nation’s International Day of Older Persons a new exhibition has launched on Newcastle Helix, celebrating human experiences and a vision for longer and healthier lives.  Lead by the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) and hosted in the Catalyst building on Newcastle Helix,...

Bloom crowned winners at the North East Business Awards 2020

Following another year of exponential growth, Bloom Procurement Services have been announced as the winners of the High Growth & Ambition Award in the North East Business Awards 2020. The North East Business Awards recognises excellence and innovation across the North East’s business community. The ceremony’s prestigious High Growth...

Council launches new service to get people into work

With unemployment figures increasing due to job losses and redundancies caused by the impact of Covid-19, Newcastle City Council has launched a new service to provide jobs and support for anyone seeking work.  Specialist job advisors have been employed to provide fast access to support and job opportunities to...

New ‘Lighthouse’ laboratory to strengthen regional resilience in fight against COVID-19

Ambitious plans for a multi-million pound regional ‘COVID’ hub – the first of its kind in the country – have today been unveiled by Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle City Council. Serving the North East, north Cumbria, Yorkshire and Humber, the laboratory will deliver high-volume, rapid turnaround of COVID-19 tests,...

Covid restrictions on North East England announced

Areas of the North East (Northumberland, Newcastle, Sunderland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead and County Durham) have today (Thursday 17 September) been escalated to areas of intervention. From Friday 18 September, regulations will ban the following: residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or...

Chamber launches North East race, ethnicity and discrimination commission

One of the first business-led commissions into how to tackle barriers to opportunities created by racial and ethnic discrimination will start its work today (9 September 2020).    Established by North East England Chamber of Commerce, the commission will be chaired by Nagma Ebanks-Beni MBE, commercial director of Global Chamber member Seaham-based Prima Cheese.      She said: “There is a disconnect between society’s make-up and representation of the same people...

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