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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...

Long pedestrianised street, running through the middle are green bushes. The building running up the sides of the street are tall, old sandstones. The image is partially augmented to show what it could look like when transformation is finished.

Newcastle City Council reveals vision for £50m transformation of city centre

Newcastle City Council today unveiled its vision to transform the city centre as part of an ambitious wider recovery plan. The £50m City Centre Transformation Programme (CCTP) is a critical part of the council’s long-held vision to improve the city centre, which has become even more important as the...

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...

Northumbria secures funding worth up to £1.9m to help SMEs and graduate start-ups

Northumbria University has launched a project that offers a package of financial support and expert advice to SMEs and graduate start-ups, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Northumbria Enterprise and Business Support 2 (NEBS2) also includes a financial contribution to help small businesses employ...

Newcastle International Airport secures new route to Frankfurt as Lufthansa returns to the North East

Newcastle International Airport has added to its list of destinations thanks to a brand new daily service to Frankfurt Airport with Lufthansa. Operated by Europe’s only Five Star airline, the new route is due to commence on the 28th June 2021 and flights will operate 7 days a week...

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...

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