Key Facts

NE1 Overview

Number of hereditaments 1400
BID levy rate 1%
Annual BID levy value c£2m
BID Levy Term 1st April 2014 – 31st March 2019 (5 years)
Renewal vote result (Oct 2013) 78% in favour (up from 67% in 2008)
Renewal vote turnout (Oct 2013) 68% (up from 52% in 2008)

Key Projects

Alive after Five

Estimated value of 5-8pm since launch £839m
Additional post 5pm visitors to intu Eldon Square since launch 13.7m
Increase in average spend between 2010 & 2013 16.7%

Central Station

Combined total value of the project c£24.5m
Total annual station visitors 7.5m
Direct and indirect jobs created 166 direct and 1,679 indirect
Value of RGF awarded to NE1 £5m


NE1 Newcastle Fashion Week 53% increase in sales & 33% increase in footfall for participating businesses
NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week £18 return to restaurants for every £1 spent by NE1
NE1 Zapcat Grand Prix 25,000 attended the inaugural NE1 Zapcat Grand Prix
NE1 Newcastle Motorshow In excess of 100,000 visitors and an average 65% increase in trade for the surrounding businesses

NE1 Magazine, website and NE1 Exclusive Card

NE1 Magazine 25,000 magazines produced every fortnight delivered to hotels, businesses and key residential postcodes
Getintonewcastle.co.uk website 60,000 average sessions per month
NE1 Exclusive Card 30,000 cards in circulation

NE1 Street Rangers & Clean Team

Cleaner 64% of visitors consider the city centre looks cleaner than it did 2 years ago
Safer 83% feel safer in the city centre during the day and 53% feel safer in the evening than they did 2 years ago

NE1 Can

Young people worked with 350+
Schools, colleges and youth providors worked with 35
Businesses actively involved 70

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Newcastle’s Profile

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Newcastle is a European Regional Capital city. It is home to world leading businesses in the industries of health care, medical research and digital and has a strong professional services sector. It has a catchment area of 2.5million people and the highest growth rate of millionaires in the UK.

Capital Projects

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Securing £5m from the Regional Growth Fund, NE1 worked with Newcastle City Council, Network Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast to invest £24.5m in transforming the station, public realm and welcome to the city.

Alive After Five

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Alive after Five was both a response to the challenge of online competition and the result of NE1 having identified the huge commercial opportunity that lay in bridging the gap between Newcastle’s daytime and evening offers.

Getting the Basics Right

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It may not be glamourous but as a city, we need to get the basics right. NE1’s Street Rangers and Rapid Response Clean Team are on hand, working with the city’s businesses on a daily basis to resolve issues and improve the look and feel of the city.