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Catherine Corrigan

Geordie Jackpot – Newcastle Lottery a Win Win for City and Players

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NE1 Ltd, the company behind Alive after Five, Quayside Seaside, Screen on the Green and many more city-wide events including NE1 Newcastle Motor Show and Restaurant Week has come up with another fabulous and innovative way to make Newcastle even greater.

This autumn, NE1 is launching the Geordie Jackpot, an exciting online lottery.  Geordie Jackpot will not only make weekly cash payouts and award bonus prizes but money raised will help fund major projects in Newcastle city centre, as well as supporting the Jackpot’s chosen local charity, Cash for Kids.

The idea behind Geordie Jackpot is to tap into the city’s pride and passion and enable the people of Newcastle to help support and finance projects that will make the city even greater.

All people have to do is sign up and play to support the city and have the added bonus of winning cash prizes.  Each week, a guaranteed jackpot of £1,000 will be available with the potential to win £25K if players match all six numbers in the right order.

In addition to cash payouts, the Geordie Jackpot will include exciting bonus prizes with ‘money-can’t buy’ experiences and themed rewards to coincide with NE1 events and activities throughout the year.

Tickets cost just £1 each and will be sold online via the geordiejackpot website.  Players select 6 numbers and subscribe to play the Geordie Jackpot for a minimum of 4 weeks at a time.

Unlike the National Lottery, players will have a greater chance of winning with Geordie Jackpot and a far higher percentage of money-in will go directly to the worthy cause, the development of the city.

50% of money will go to good causes compared with only 28% from the National Lottery and only 20% in the case of the Health Lottery.  The other 50% goes to the prize fund and running costs.

In addition to city centre projects, a proportion of the funds raised will be given to Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids.  Cash for Kids is a local charity, supporting North East children who are disabled, disadvantaged, sick, or suffering from abuse or neglect, from the ages of 0-18.

The wider projects funded by the Geordie Jackpot will make the city more attractive for families and visitors and ensure that Newcastle retains its place as a modern, European regional capital city.  Some may be temporary activities or installations; others will have a permanent place in the city centre.  Subscribers to the lottery will be consulted on their favourite ideas and initiatives to will help shape the future of the city.

A list of potential projects has already being compiled and Newcastle NE1 is surveying the public to get their views on what projects they would like to see happen in Newcastle.  Among the most popular suggestions so far are more green spaces, and improving neglected areas of the city centre.  Subject to a positive take up of the lottery, it is hoped the first Geordie Jackpot funded initiative will start by the end of the year.

Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1 said:  “We’re really excited that the Geordie Jackpot is already catching the imagination of the North East community and that so many notable celebrities are already on board to give their backing.

“The Geordie Jackpot is another Newcastle innovation; NE1 will be the first Business Improvement District in the whole world to launch its own lottery.  Although the Geordie Jackpot is new, public support for civic developments is nothing new.   The people of Newcastle have a proud history and tradition of paying for civic developments, many of the city’s monuments and statues were paid for from donations by the good people of the North East.  The Geordie Jackpot will hark back to these largely Victorian days and we hope to start seeing new Geordie Jackpot plaques marking where new investments have been made across the city.

To sign up to play Geordie Jackpot visit:

A specialist lottery management company will run the Geordie Lottery on behalf of NE1 Ltd to maximise the return on the investment and money raised.

Business Improvement District Calls For United Voice On Transport Spending

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Newcastle NE1, the City’s Business Improvement District, is calling for the North of England to speak with a united voice on the politically contentious issue of transport funding.

Speaking at Transport Summit 2017, a major event to discuss Cross Rail North and wider transport investment for the Northern Powerhouse, Adrian Waddell, NE1’s Director of Operations said:

“The North needs to speak with a united voice on Transport. This doesn’t just mean collaboration between different cities, but a joined-up approach for the private and public sectors, a single voice. This conference has underlined the need for greater devolution of powers to the North and in particular greater say on our transport spending, specifically to support national and global connectivity, which is critical to our economic growth in the post-Brexit world.

“The North does not begrudge a single penny spent on infrastructure in London and South East, but transport cannot be a zero-sum game, in which some regions benefit from investment at the expense of others. To achieve this we need a commitment to action from the Government which includes significant support for Transport for the North, matched with serious investment.”

Alongside Mr Waddell speakers at the event, which was organised by networking organisation Downtown Business, included Sir Richard Leese of Transport for the North, Newcastle City Council Leader Nick Forbes, Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham, and keynote speaker Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Huge Retail and Hospitality Jobs Fair Held by NE1 Ltd and The Skills Hub

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Hundreds of jobs were up for grabs at a Retail and Hospitality Fair organised by NE1 Ltd in collaboration with The Skills Hub, a project by Newcastle City Council.  The one-day event, held at the Old Assembly Rooms in Newcastle, on Tuesday 15 August attracted nearly 400 people from across the North East.


Over 30 stands were in place during the event representing North East businesses and services for people looking for work.  Many North East businesses that took part in the event were actively looking to fill vacancies and hire people to fill full and part time roles in new hotels and restaurants across the city, as well as for temporary Christmas employment.


Collectively, the businesses in attendance had hundreds of vacancies to fill and were actively recruiting during the day.


Virgin Money, TK Maxx and Starbucks were among the businesses in attendance. Starbucks even sent 5 recruiters to scout for talent for their Newcastle based stores.  TK Maxx also had a big presence, with over 30 Christmas vacancies to fill, the team organised to conduct interviews after the fair inviting candidates spotted during the event.


Mock interview sessions were held during the morning of the event providing candidates with advice and interview skills practice which many went on to use during the afternoon jobs fair.


The Jobs Fair also provided a welcome and almost unique opportunity for people to meet and talk to local employers, as well as to apply for jobs.


Louise Liddle Business Network Manager at NE1 Ltd and joint organiser of the event said:

“It was great to see so many of our business members involved and to meet hundreds of young people eager to get into work. The event provided a rare opportunity for young people to meet and talk to potential employers on neutral ground, as much for them to make choices on the type of business and employer they would like to work for, as for businesses to choose staff.”


“At NE1 Ltd we are ideally placed to link businesses with young people through our 1,400 business members and our NE1 CAN initiative.  We are hoping to organise more employment fairs in the future.”


Stephen Langley, Cluster Manager, Starbucks’ Coffee Company said;

“This is the first NE1 and Newcastle City Council jobs fair we have attended and it has given us ready made access to hundreds of potential new employees, so I’m sure it won’t be the last.  We have a lot of vacancies to fill in our stores for both full and part time baristas and supervisors as the stores get busier and in the run up to Christmas.  Being involved in the mock interview skills workshop in the morning and the jobs fair in the afternoon allowed us to talent spot.  It is a company priority to employ local young people and we have a strong apprenticeship programme within our stores, especially in the North East.  With the help of the fair, we are confident that we will be fully staffed and ready for the Christmas onslaught.”


Chelsea Potts, 20 from Deckham in Gateshead took part in the mock interviews and the fair “I had two mock interviews in the morning with Starbucks. They were a great opportunity to help me practice my interview technique. Taking part in the interviews helped me feel more confident so when the Job Fair opened in the afternoon I was able to talk easily to other employers such as TK Maxx and Boots – places where I’d love to work.”


Kourtney Gibson, 19 from Hebburn is really keen to start her career in retail, “I had 2 practice interviews with TK Maxx and Game. They were really different types of interviews so it offered a great opportunity to learn and practice. I got some great feedback that I can take on board in readiness for a real interview. The Job Fair itself was brilliant – I didn’t realise how many jobs are available in the run up to Christmas. If I can secure a temporary role, it will be an opportunity for me to impress.”