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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...

Newcastle fixtures go on sale with Rugby League World Cup 2021 official hospitality experiences

Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021), is now on sale with world-class experiences after the launch of its official hospitality across all 61 matches at next year’s tournament, including the four fixtures in Newcastle which includes the opening fixture between England and Samoa. RLWC2021 hospitality presents a wide range...

Newcastle Rugby Foundation to benefit from National Lottery Heritage Fund support

The Newcastle Rugby Foundation has received confirmation of a grant totalling £99,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to document the history of rugby league in the north east of England. The Foundation, the official charity of both Newcastle Thunder RL and Newcastle Falcons RU clubs, will embark on...

New app will give you an art crush

A new app being developed by Sunderland Culture will give people across the UK and beyond unique access to some of the country’s greatest art treasures. The free app, Art Crush, is being developed as part of Sunderland Culture’s prestigious partnership with Arts Council Collection (ACC), the National Partners...

Super-green bus trial takes next steps at Go North East

A north-British built full-electric bus from manufacturer Optare has returned to Go North East, the region’s largest bus operator. The bus will be running on the Quaylink Q3 service alongside Newcastle’s Quayside and through the busy city centre. The trial will help shape future thoughts on electric buses and...

North East partnership launches ‘Save Your Summer’ tourism campaign with government backing

A consortium of destination management organisations has joined forces to launch a campaign promoting tourism in NewcastleGateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland following the coronavirus pandemic’s devastating impact on the sector. The ‘Save Your Summer’ campaign, which launched over the bank holiday weekend, has been developed in partnership between NewcastleGateshead...

Sage Gateshead appeals for votes to win a share of vital funds

Sage Gateshead is asking people to get behind it and vote to help the charity win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1 million fund, supporting children and young people under the age of 18. The international music centre, which engages with more than 30,000 children and young...

North East shines at national tourism industry awards

Three exceptional North East tourism businesses represented the region at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020 last night, where they took home a host of awards and secured their position as some of the finest examples of tourism businesses in the country. The annual awards event highlights the best...

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