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The North East is ready to kickstart tourism and welcome back visitors

According to a recent Travel Sentiment survey, almost 70% of people in the North East plan to take trips around the region as soon as lockdown measures are lifted. The survey, conducted by public and private sector partnership NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), was completed by more than 1000 people over...

Covid Compliant Assurance Scheme to help businesses reassure customers it’s safe to return

Businesses across Newcastle are being urged to give their customers the confidence to return by signing up to a new, free Covid Compliant Assurance Scheme. The project, run by Newcastle City Council, with backing from NE1 and NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), aims to offer a highly visible way for all...

City developing a shared vision for recovery

Residents, industry experts, businesses and community groups will work together on Newcastle’s plans for economic recovery. They will be part of a shared vision for the future that will shape the city as a place to live, work and do business. On behalf of the city and together with...

New appointment at NewcastleGateshead Initiative to bolster partnership collaboration

NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the tourism and inward investment agency responsible for promoting NewcastleGateshead on a national and international stage, has strengthened its team with the appointment of a Head of Strategic Partnerships, a new role for the organisation. Alys Dunn, who took up the position last month, will lead on...

Newcastle and Gateshead’s hospitality and tourism sector reacts to England’s lockdown exit plan

As the Prime Minister yesterday (22 February) revealed the roadmap to cautiously exiting lockdown over the coming months in a series of stages, the tourism and hospitality sector of NewcastleGateshead has reacted to the announcement. Sarah Green, chief executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the tourism and inward investment agency responsible...

21 things to look forward to in 2021

Last year was unfortunately a year of cancellations and plans put on hold, which means we have plenty to make up for in 2021. While we currently remain under tight restrictions, the arrival of a new year brings hope of a return to a more normal way of life...

New support available for North East tourism and hospitality businesses struggling in lockdown

A new programme of online masterclasses has been launched in the North East to help small businesses in the hospitality and tourism sectors to adapt to the impact of Covid lockdowns and other restrictions. The North of Tyne funded Citylife Business Support service is partnering with Be the Business...

Newcastle put another Fintech company in their ‘pockit’

Pockit, an inclusive Fintech company focussed on customers who are excluded and underserved by high street banks, has set up a new office in Newcastle. This follows securing £15m of investment finance during 2020 and is part of their UK expansion plans and vision to drive financial inclusion. Pockit...

North East business community comes together to reimagine the future of the economy

More than 200 North East businesses came together to hear about the region’s response to coronavirus at a virtual conference this week. The conference, run by public and private sector partnership NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), saw business leaders from the region talk about the current response to coronavirus, how the...

Tourism and inward investment agency moves into iconic Newcastle building

The organisation responsible for promoting NewcastleGateshead on a national and international stage is set to move its headquarters to The Common Room, the iconic building in Newcastle city centre which many people knew as The Mining Institute. NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) will move into The Common Room building this spring,...

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