DFDS Headline Sponsor of NE1 Newcastle Motor Show

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NE1 Ltd is delighted to announce that DFDS are headline sponsors of this year’s NE1 Newcastle Motor Show which will be taking place on the 8th and 9th July.  The two day event, one of the largest free, city centre, open air motor shows in the UK, will now be delivered in association with DFDS, the world’s leading ferry company.

The North Shields-based company is sponsoring NE1’s Newcastle Motor Show for the first time. The event has grown in stature since its launch in 2015 and now commands the position as one of the largest free open air motorshows in the UK.

DFDS will be exhibiting at the two-day event, occupying a premium exhibition site at the south of Northumberland Street in the heart of the city, promoting its Newcastle-Amsterdam cruise ferry service.

As well as exhibiting at the event, DFDS’ involvement will be celebrated with major promotional discounts on its service to Amsterdam for anyone who visits their exhibition site during the Motor Show.

This year the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show has more than doubled in size with over 150 of the world’s most exclusive, unique and classic cars on display alongside showstoppers from some of the leading car brands including Aston Martin, Bentley, and Dealer Partner, Lloyd BMW Newcastle.

Themed zones will be mapped out across the city centre dedicated to different types of vehicles and motoring, from racing cars to classic VWs as well as hands on motoring themed fun and activities for all the family.

DFDS has a long and successful history in the North East, spanning over two decades.  Ferry travel has grown in popularity especially among holidaymakers with cars and DFDS has recently invested over £5 million refurbishing the ferries that service the Newcastle–Amsterdam route, which carried over 580 thousand passengers last year.


Max Foster, Managing Director of DFDS in Newcastle, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to be headline sponsors of the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show 2017, this is the first time DFDS has sponsored a major motoring event.  We share a passion for cars and motoring with the hundreds of thousands of people who are expected to attend the event and for motoring enthusiasts we offer access to miles of European roads, cities and countryside all via our ferry route from North Shields to Holland.

“DFDS plays a key role in the North East business community and it is important that we are able to support such a milestone event in Newcastle’s events calendar.  Although we are not located directly in the city centre, we feel a strong part of the offer and our business and its customers benefit enormously from NE1’s events programme and investments.”


Ben Whitfield, Marketing and Events Manager at NE1 Ltd said:

“We are delighted that DFDS is on board as Headline Sponsor for this year’s event.  Having such a well known and well respected travel brand involved will help put the event on the international map and cement its position as the leading open air free car show in the UK.”

NE1 for some Summertime Fun in Newcastle upon Tyne!

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‘Staycationing’ has never been more popular amongst Brits concerned about the falling pound and political upheaval internationally.  2016 was a record breaking year for inbound tourism to the UK with 37.3 million visits, forecasts predict this will grow to 38.8 million this year with spending by overseas visitors rising to £23.9 billion.*

(*Figures from VisitBritain)

Newcastle and the North East are high on the list of popular destinations for UK residents holidaying at home and for visitors from overseas, attracted by the city’s history, architecture and cultural offer.  This summer, Newcastle is an even more attractive proposition thanks to a summertime events programme drawn up by the city centre’s award winning Business Improvement District company, NE1 Ltd.

Designed to give people more reasons to visit and to stay a little longer, the events and activities will put Newcastle on the map for UK holidaymakers and inbound tourists.

Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside
Until October

To launch NE1’s Summer in the City programme, NE1 teamed up with Thomas Cook Airlines to bring the newly sponsored, Thomas Cook Airlines Quayside Seaside, earlier than ever.  One of the UK’s most popular urban beaches and an official sign that summer is on its way in Newcastle.

The beach, equipped with 350 tones of white sand, palm trees, deckchairs, and buckets and spades has made its annual return and will remain in place until October providing a free, family friendly vantage point to enjoy the spectacular views of the Quayside and a great spot to watch the events and activities on and around the River.

½ million people were thought to have visited the Quayside Seaside in 2016.  This summer, the pop up beach is expected to attract even more visitors and will have its own programme of free events and activities throughout the summer.

In addition, the beach has the added attraction of Barrio Comida, a restaurant housed within two former shipping containers alongside the sand.  Serving a menu of authentic Mexican food, the restaurant is already winning plaudits from diners and critics alike.


Dacia Magic Weekend
May 20th  and 21st

Rugby League’s Magic Weekend rolls in to town for the 3rd year running thanks to NE1 Ltd and Newcastle City Council who have worked with the RFL to bring the event back to the city and its newly adopted home of St James’ Park Football Ground.

12 teams will compete in six games during the two-day tournament, which enjoys as much action off the pitch as on with Fanzones, events and activities around the ground for fans and families to enjoy during the rugby extravaganza.

Rugby League fans are a loyal bunch and Dacia Magic Weekend is the pinnacle of the league’s seasonal celebrations with supporters from all over the UK congregating in Newcastle to enjoy the fast paced rugby action and the carnival style atmosphere it brings with it.

Buy your tickets from the official website


NE1’s Screen on the Green

July 3rd – September 3rd (TBC)

NE1’s deckchairs will be out in force at Old Eldon Square, a public square and green space in the heart of the city, for the return of the ever popular, Screen on the Green.

A large open air movie screen is positioned in the square for the public to enjoy free, open air film screenings of family favourites, new movies and old classics throughout the school summer holidays.  The movies are always popular with many people coming prepared for the show with blankets, picnics and brollies (occasionally!).

Check out for all the details.


NE1 Newcastle Motor Show
July 8th and 9th

The UK’s biggest, free, open-air Motor Show returns to Newcastle to take over the city centre for a spectacular weekend of motoring themed fun, the largest show of the year in the North. The event provides unrivalled access to some of the world’s rarest classic and vintage cars as well as exhibiting some modern day masterpieces, many have never been shown outside VIP-only international motoring exhibitions.

During the two-day event, the cars are exhibited on the streets with the public able to get up close to the cars, talk to the experts and owners, as well as enjoying the spectacle.  This year Lloyd Newcastle BMW have come on board as Dealer Partner, and are expected to showcase some of BMW’s extensive collection, together with unique showstoppers from BMW’s National headquarters.

To accommodate all the new elements of this year’s event, more areas of the city will be involved with themed zones mapped out for different types of vehicles and activities from supercars, rally and racing cars to showstoppers from some of the UK’s leading car dealerships.  Over 100 private exhibitors are on board to line Newcastle’s majestic Grey Street offering the public rare access to some of the world’s most exclusive classic cars.

The event is designed to entertain the whole family with Fanzones and motoring themed events, fun games and give-aways.  Open air film screenings will return at ‘Screen on the Green’ with other fun activities for children across the weekend.

Over 105k people attended last year’s event and the numbers are expected to rise this year as the event becomes more established.


Northern Pride
July 21st – 23rd

Newcastle Pride returns for its 10th year with an extended event over 3 days, 21st, 22nd & 23rd July at Newcastle’s Town Moor celebrating the city’s LGBT community.

NE1 Ltd is festival sponsor of Newcastle Pride for the 3rd year running.  Alongside the main stage with big name music acts, there will be different activity zones to visit and a Fun Fair.

As well as celebrating diversity in Newcastle, the event also brings tens of thousands of visitors to the city.


NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week
7th  – 13th  August

One of Newcastle’s most popular and well supported events happens twice a year – once in January and again in the summer.  This August, NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week runs from 7 -13 August giving diners the chance to eat out in style for only £10 or £15 per person at some of Newcastle’s finest restaurants.

Modelled on a similar scheme in New York, NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is extremely popular and continues to grow each time it is held.  January’s event welcomed over 100 restaurants to take part and attracted over 45,000 diners, August’s event is expected to surpass this.



NE1 has a whole host of other exciting projects up its sleeve so to make sure you don’t miss out on these festivities, or anything else happening in Newcastle, register for updates at


Other reasons to visit Newcastle

  • Newcastle’s Quayside was listed among the top 10 best places to live in Britain by the Sunday Times’ ‘Best Places to Live Guide’.
  • Newcastle is the happiest city in the UK and one of Europe’s top 20 according to a European Commission study. Newcastle officially has the happiest people of anywhere in the UK.
  • Newcastle was hailed as the top city in the UK for independent restaurant openings, outpacing London, Manchester & Birmingham with some award winning venues and a Michelin starred restaurant in the mix
  • Newcastle named top city in the UK to raise a family in UK Family Living Index report. The city beat 34 others as it has 28 outstanding schools, more green spaces for kids to play than any other city and the average house costs £161,255.

NE1 Newcastle Motor Show Dates Announced

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The NE1 Newcastle Motor Show, the UK’s largest, free, open-air, city centre motoring event and one of the biggest shows of the year in the North, is returning to the city on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 July for a fun packed weekend for all the family.

This year Lloyd Newcastle BMW have come on board as Dealer Partner for the event.  They will have an expanded presence at the Show, showcasing some of BMW’s extensive collection together with unique showstoppers from BMW’s National headquarters.

Dubbed locally as the ‘Goodwood of the North’, the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show will combine its unique formula of motoring exhibits, rare and exclusive vehicles with motoring themed events and activities.  This year, it will increase its footprint by over 200% and take over more than two square miles of the city.

The two-day event gives the public rare and exclusive access to cars and motor vehicles from across the UK and internationally, many have not yet been released for sale, or have previously only been exhibited at VIP-only international motoring exhibitions.  In Newcastle, the cars are exhibited on the streets with the public able to get up close to the vehicles, talk to the experts and owners as well as enjoying the spectacle.

To accommodate all the new elements of this year’s event, more areas of the city will be involved with themed zones mapped out for different types of vehicles and activities, from supercars, rally and racing cars to showstoppers from some of the UK’s leading car dealerships.  Private exhibitors from across the region and beyond are on board to line Newcastle’s majestic Grey Street offering the public rare access to some of the world’s most exclusive cars, in one of the world’s finest streets..

Last year, the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show made a huge impact on a national scale with exhibits, exhibitors and visitors attending from all over the UK.  Over 104,000 people attended across the weekend with exhibits including the Renault Sport Formula 1 racing car and the Aston Martin DB11 drawing huge crowds across the weekend.


Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1said:

“The NE1 Newcastle Motor Show exploded onto the motoring scene and immediately created a unique addition to the UK’s motor show calendar.  This year, the magnitude of the event is increasing and the whole city will feel part of the activities, a true festival of motoring with something for everyone.”


Michelle Caveney, Head of Business at Lloyd Newcastle BMW said:

“We’re delighted to be named as Dealer Partner for this year’s NE1 Newcastle Motor Show. The event made a huge impact last year and we are keen to play our part in making the show even bigger and better this year.  We’re already lining up some jaw dropping exhibits and we’re looking forward to working with NE1 to put Newcastle and the show on the Motoring map.”


This year’s event will run from 10am – 4pm each day.   More announcements on the exhibits and event line up will be made over the coming months and in the run up to the weekend.

For details of the full schedule, and to register for updates, visit . For all the social media activity surrounding NE1 Newcastle Motor Show follow @ne1motorshow on twitter and use the hashtag #NE1MotorShow.


Highlights from the past 2 years.

  • Over 104,000 people visited in 2016.
  • Over £10 million pounds worth of car were exhibited in Newcastle city centre last year
  • Aston Martin DB9 GT was exhibited in 2015 on only its second outing internationally
  • In 2015 Businesses recorded average sales increases of 43%, with some reporting triple that with business up 200% on the usual weekend trade.

With all the extra space to fill organisers NE1 Ltd are encouraging anyone interested in exhibiting, or being involved in the NE1 Newcastle Motor Show to get in touch with Ben Whitfield, NE1 Marketing and Events Manager on 0191 235 7093 or email

Thomas Cook Airlines’ Quayside Seaside Returns Earlier Than Ever

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One of the UK’s most popular pop up beaches, Quayside Seaside in Newcastle, will be making a welcome return to the banks of the Tyne earlier than ever this year, at the start of the Easter Holidays on Friday 7 April.

For the 6th year running, the beach will be unveiled in all its sandy glory equipped with candy striped beach huts, palm trees, deck chairs and buckets and spades. Nestled between two of the city’s iconic bridges, the Tyne and the Millennium bridges, the pop up beach has been a firm summertime fixture in Newcastle’s events calendar signalling the start of the spring/summer.

This year, Thomas Cook Airlines, Europe 2016’s leading Charter Airline, is sponsoring the Quayside Seaside and to celebrate will be organising a programme of fun family activities throughout the summer.

Last year Riley’s fish shack, which featured in Channel 4’s ‘Hidden Restaurants’ took up residency on the Thomas Cook Airlines’ Quayside Seaside in a beach restaurant fashioned from two converted shipping containers fitted with a wood burning stove and a charcoal grill.  The team have handed over the kitchen reins to Barrio Comida, a Mexican inspired restaurant that is winning plaudits from critics and diners and will be serving up a menu of fresh tacos from Wednesday to Sunday each week.

Thomas Cook Airlines’ Quayside Seaside attracts thousands of visitors each year come rain or shine.   Last year an estimated 500k people enjoyed the beach which offers a fabulous vantage point to enjoy the views of Newcastle’s internationally famous Quayside including the majestic architecture, the Sage, Baltic and the bridges.

The pop up beach offers a great location to watch events that take place in and around the Quayside including the University Boat Race which this year will be held on Saturday 6 May, the Great North Run and all its associated celebrations, City Games and the Great North 10k Run.


Tariq Albassam, Operations Manager at NE1 Ltd said:

“The Thomas Cook Airlines’ Quayside Seaside is hugely popular with Newcastle residents and with visitors to the city.  Each year, we get inundated with people asking when the beach is returning and this year, we’re delighted to say we are bringing it back earlier than ever.

“NE1 is keen to create events and activities that give people more reasons to visit Newcastle and to stay a little longer.  The Thomas Cook Airlines’ Quayside Seaside is a fun, free, family friendly addition to what is already a wonderful city.  The beach provides a well placed stopping point to allow people to enjoy the Quayside and to have fun on a sandy beach in the heart of the city.’


Leon McQuaid Aviation Development Manager at Newcastle Airport said:

“The Quayside Seaside has become somewhat of an iconic venue in Newcastle over recent years and we are delighted to see one of our airline partners show their support.

“We work very closely with Thomas Cook Airlines and their presence throughout the Quayside Seaside will no doubt help them to engage further and to showcase the exciting range of destinations they have available from the airport.”

A timetable of all activities on Thomas Cook Airlines’ Quayside Seaside throughout the summer will be published on

NE1 builds post-Brexit trade links with British-Arab Chamber

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Newcastle NE1, the city’s Business Improvement District (BID), is supporting the city’s businesses to forge worldwide trading links as the country prepares for Brexit.

NE1 has organised a visit from the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), which represents businesses in a number of Arab states. Led by ABCC Secretary General and Chief Executive Dr Afnan Al Shuaiby, and ABBC Director of Trade Service Abdeslam El-Idrissi the delegates visited leading Newcastle companies and institutions.

The visit focused on some of the areas where companies in the Newcastle City Region have complementary interests in the Middle East, namely subsea engineering and renewable energy, science and healthcare, and education.

It was organised to highlight opportunities for business, investment, trade, knowledge transfer and learning, and to strengthen links between Arab speaking countries and Newcastle.

In addition to this the visitors hoped to raise the economic, trade and diplomatic profile of Arabic-speaking countries outside of London by meeting and sharing ideas with regional figures on issues such as research, governance, regional economics and new technologies.

Highlights of the trip included visits to Pearson Engineering at the city’s historic Armstrong Works, Shepherd Offshore in Wallsend, the Institute for Genetic Medicine at the International Centre for Life and Newcastle University,

NE1 Chief Executive Sean Bullick said: “The result of the EU referendum brought an element of risk to the North East’s position as an exporter and while we are sure the Government will do its best maintain our trade links in Europe and build more in the wider world, we are taking the initiative and are proactively building links that will sustain and grow Newcastle’s economy, regardless of the result of the Brexit negotiations.

“We are honoured to have welcomed the delegates from the Arab-British Chamber of commerce to Newcastle. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase what Newcastle city region’s world class businesses have to offer countries in the Arabic world. We have world leaders in sectors such as offshore and renewables, science, health, science and education, all of which are areas of interest to our visitors.”

Abdeslam El-Idrissi said: “We are delighted to have visited Newcastle and would like to thank our hosts Newcastle NE1 Limited for helping to organise our trip. There are a number of areas where the interests and expertise of Newcastle and the Arab nations complement one another and we are keen to explore them.

“This visit has allowed us to further friendship, co-operation and engagement with the people and companies of the North East. It is clear that there is much commercial potential in Arab-British collaboration which we hope to unlock.”

Bruce Shepherd, Managing Director of Shepherd Offshore, said: “The visit was extremely informative, we will be having a further meeting to discuss future projects in the Eastern Mediterranean and Gulf”.

Professor Lyle Armstrong, Professor of Cellular Reprogramming at the Institute of Genetic Medicine, said: “What we do with our STEM work in Newcastle affects everyone in the world. We want to role this out as a treatment for any disease, for anyone in any part of the world. International trade links are of enormous importance to us not only for finding new markets that we can adapt our cures to, but also for attracting inward investment that helps our university and our corporate operations to prosper.

Humans of NE1 – Character of the City Unveiled in Photos

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Newcastle is proud of its rich cultural heritage and is keen to celebrate and demonstrate the incredible diversity of its residents, visitors and students through a new project, ‘Humans of NE1’, an online album of portrait photographs cataloguing the people of Newcastle and their stories.  Hosted on NE1’s Get into Newcastle website and NE1’s other social media platforms, visitors will be encouraged to visit the site to review the images and read the stories and individual histories of the people photographed.


Over the past six months, NE1 has been collecting photographs and stories from residents and visitors to the city spanning all ages, genders, sexuality and ethnic origins – the aim is to collate stories that represent the city and show the enormous diversity of people who now call Newcastle ‘home’.   Five new stories will be posted each week – featuring a portrait photo together with a short biography of the person including a  story of their life, past experiences, or future hopes and dreams. The images will be accessible on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with a library of all images available on the website

Humans of NE1 follows the lead of New York and its world famous, Humans of New York project which has grown to include an extensive website, books and social media presence which tells the story of the city one photograph at a time.


Humans of New York began as a photography project in 2010 taking portraits of some 10,000 people on the streets of the city – the pictures became the subject of a popular blog featuring photos and a short story of the person photographed.  Humans of New York has over 20 million followers on social media.

Ben Whitfield, Marketing and Events Manager at NE1 Ltd said:
“It’s the people that make Newcastle such an amazing city and we hope to represent this with the photos and the online Humans of NE1 activity.  We love the insight you get into the cultural diversity of New York through Humans of New York and we want to celebrate Newcastle’s individual and unique personality through its residents and visitors.  It’s great to work on a project like this that delves a little deeper and gets under the skin of the city.  Already, the photos we’ve taken give a real snapshot of Newcastle’s diversity and we expect the site to become extremely popular.”

All the photographs are being taken by professional photographer, Stephanie Oswald.  Stephanie is originally from France and has lived in Newcastle for the past 17 years after moving to the city to study for a Masters degree in Film at Newcastle University.

Tasked with taking 30 individual profile shots for the project each month, Stephanie discovered that Newcastle’s two Universities, Northumbria and Newcastle were great locations for capturing the spirit of the city with students and lecturers not only keen to get involved but also from a huge variety of different places.

Stephanie said:
“A project of this sort has always been a dream of mine and I have thoroughly enjoyed taking the pictures and capturing the hidden stories of the people of Newcastle.  It is both an exciting and humbling experience to meet so many different people, from all walks of life and from every corner of the globe, all keen to share their stories and experience.  Humans of NE1 shows what a truly cosmopolitan place Newcastle is and tells extraordinary stories about people’s lives and histories.”

Ten Years of Free Newcastle Pride

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ONE of the UK’s largest free LGBT festivals will return for the tenth year this summer, thanks to festival sponsor NE1.

Newcastle Pride – which brings thousands of visitors to the region every year – has confirmed the event will be returning, with the city’s Business Improvement District back on board for the third year as the lead sponsor.

The popular festival, which attracted more than 73,000 visitors and contributed more than £10.4m to the economy in 2016, is returning with its largest ever line up in July as part of a whole programme of events which will take place in the run-up to the Pride weekend.

Mark Nichols, Chair of Northern Pride, which organises the event said: “This year marks ten years of free Newcastle Pride.

“We are currently one of only a few festivals of this scale that is still free to attend and without the support of key partners like NE1, this wouldn’t be possible.

“Newcastle Pride is organised completely by a team of volunteers so without our sponsors and their backing, it couldn’t take place.

­Sean Bullick, Chief Executive for NE1, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting one of Newcastle’s largest and most popular events once again this year.

“Not only does it bring thousands of tourists to the city and boost the local economy by millions, but Newcastle Pride helps to celebrate diversity in Newcastle.

“We’re already looking forward to what is bound to be another amazing summer in the city,” he added.

Among the many highlights in Newcastle Pride 2017 will be a weekend of live music and entertainment at Newcastle Town Moor from 21 to 23 July, with a huge musical line-up to be announced.

There will also be satellite events running at venues across the city during June and July, including a black tie ball and LGBT youth prom.


Many of the events are free to attend, though a limited number of Gold Circle and VIP tickets are available for those who want to guarantee prime viewing spots at the main stage weekend.

For information about Newcastle Pride visit or search northernprideuk on Facebook and Twitter.

Further details about NE1 and its work around the city centre can be found at

NE1 Can – New Business- Led Opportunities for Young People

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Award winning Business Improvement District Company, NE1 Ltd has launched NE1 CAN, a new initiative to create employment opportunities and improve skills and education training for young people aged 16 – 19 in the Tyne and Wear region.   By using NE1’s unique contacts and relationships with the city’s business community, NE1 CAN provides direct links between 1,400 business members and young people in the North East.

NE1 CAN is ultimately about jobs and marrying the right young people with the right employment opportunities, as well as raising aspirations.

One of the key goals is to equip young people with transitional skills that will carry them from schools and college into the workplace.   These skills include a greater awareness and understanding of career choices and what businesses want and need from their workers, as well as an appreciation of their own skills, experience and abilities.

By linking young people directly with NE1’s business community NE1 CAN gives a direct insight into what skills are needed by employers and can then work with young people to deliver training and support to ensure they have the right skill set.  The initiative also benefits businesses as they gain a greater understanding of working with and employing young people.   The relationship is fast, direct and can deliver results efficiently and cost effectively.

NE1 CAN is working with a growing number of schools and colleges and has already teamed up with businesses including the NHS, Marks & Spencer, Leeds Building Society, Nigel Wright and NRG among others.  To date, a number of business-led training and skills sessions have been organised including mock interviews, CV writing, as well as quality work experience opportunities across a range of industry sectors allowing young people to visit workplaces, access work experience placements and have the chance to apply for jobs and apprenticeships.

Events are planned over the coming months with Virgin Money as well as sessions with Bond Dickinson and others.

NE1 CAN is always seeking volunteers from businesses keen to get involved and can work with employers to develop bespoke events and activities.

For further information or to find out how to get involved in the NE1 CAN programme contact Dawn Barber, NE1 Business Network Manager at


Sean Bullick, Chief Executive of NE1 said:

“The North East business community has been really keen to get involved and to throw its weight behind this unique approach to tackling the dual issues of youth unemployment and the lack of skilled employees in the region. NE1 CAN is unique because it takes services direct to young people, often within an individual business, or commercial environment.  It has allowed us to extend our reach, have a greater impact and deliver even greater results.  We have over 1,400 business members across all industry sectors and through NE1 CAN we can highlight the skills and training they need in their new recruits.

“We have already had some great successes and are working hard to raise aspirations and help more young people into quality work, education or training.”


Mike Wilson, Health Education England said:

“We are looking forward to working with the team at NE1 CAN on this and future events.  We hope to target more young people this way than we could ever hope to reach on our own and help inspire and encourage them to consider a career in the NHS.

“Through events like this we can show the diversity of roles and careers available and hopefully inspire young people who may not have considered medicine and the NHS as a personal career route.  We can also take the opportunity to help young people map out exactly what will be needed for a career in the NHS.”


Elaine Tulip-Johnson, managing consultant at Nigel Wright Group, one of the businesses involved in the new NE1 CAN initiative, said; “Nigel Wright deals with hundreds of executive and professional appointments in the UK and overseas each year. The advice we’re able to offer these young people on areas such as job interviews, CVs and employability will not only benefit them now but will stay with them throughout their working lives. We hope the knowledge and skills the students gain during our workshops will help as well as motivate them to seek out a rewarding career.
Sarah Garay at St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School assistant to the Head of Sixth Form said:

“Working with NE1 has enabled our Sixth form students to come into direct contact with local employers which helps them develop real world skills to make them more employable, be that in a part time capacity or to support further or higher education, or for when they complete their education and move into their careers. This is a fantastic opportunity that helps students put their formal education into context, become more confident and helps them when applying for and successfully gaining employment.”


NE1 CAN follows on from the high successful Space 2 programme that NE1 ran in conjunction with YMCA Newcastle.  Space 2 was extremely successful hosting in excess of 60,000 visits by more than 3,000 members.  Over 300 members found employment, apprenticeships or further education courses through the direct support of Space2.   NE1 decided to review its involvement to expand the support for young people beyond the confines of Space2 and launched NE1 CAN, which will target efforts more directly into expanding business-led opportunities for young people. YMCA Newcastle continues to provide unconditional support to young people at SPACE2 on Pilgrim Street


NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week smashes all previous records

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Record figures released this week show that January’s NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week surpassed all previous events and delivered a major boost to business worth over £1/2 million.

Over 100 restaurants took part in the week, the largest number ever to register for the event, which is now a firm fixture in the Newcastle’s events calendar.

As well as the highest number of participating restaurants, other records were broken during the week, which ran from 16 – 22 January.  Nearly 45,000 people dined out over the course of the event, 10,000 more than in 2016, and restaurants also reported a huge rise in sales, with an average increase of nearly 20% year on year.

NE1’s Get into Newcastle website, which publishes details of all participating venues and their Restaurant Week offers, also reported a huge spike in activity, recording its highest ever number of unique visitors, beating all previous records, with over 1.7 million Restaurant Week page views by the time the event was over.

January was the 13th NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week held since the event was first launched in 2011.  The idea originated from New York, where twice a year diners get the chance to eat out at some of the city’s top restaurants for a fraction of the normal price.  The formula translated well to Newcastle with its vibrant restaurant scene and it has quickly grown in stature. When the event was first held, 13 restaurants took part and now six years later, over 100 celebrated in January with more expected in August this year.  Venues devise show-stopping menus to attract new diners, many of whom are keen to try out venues for the first time, encouraged by the NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week offer of dining out for only £10 or £15 per head.


Ben Whitfield NE1 Marketing and Events Manager said:

“We are absolutely delighted that this January’s NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week broke all previous records. The event continues to go from strength to strength reflecting the growth of the city’s restaurant scene. Newcastle is now the culinary capital of the North with more restaurants per square mile than any Northern city and Restaurant Week is a great way to celebrate this.

It is such a simple formula that is easy to understand and well received by diners and restaurants alike.  We’re confident that we’ll keep breaking these records and are already gearing up for August.”


Andy Hook, Managing Director of the Hooked-On Group said:

“At Blackfriars, we’ve been involved in Restaurant Week since the beginning and this January was our busiest yet.  Two to three weeks before the event even got underway, we were completely booked out for the week and that’s unprecedented.  It just shows how popular the event is and how people love the formula, it creates such a welcome opportunity for people to come out and enjoy themselves for a reasonable price during what would otherwise be a quite, miserable month after the expense of Christmas.

“For our new restaurant, Dobson & Parnell, NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week was a welcome shot in the arm.  It came at a perfect time for our fledgling business and helped fill the place. The feedback we received was fantastic.

“NE1 does a great job running and publicising the event, there’s always a lot of talk about the event in the run up and a great buzz and excitement during the week itself.  It is good to see so many restaurants involved from both the independent and branded sectors and it gives the public real choice and the restaurants are full on the back of it, a win- win situation all round.”

Sean Bullick CEO Newcastle NE1

New Legislation Could Open Up Northern Cities For Investment

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The Northern BIDs Group, the industry body for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) in the North of England has welcomed the inclusion of Property Owner BIDs in the Government’s legislative agenda for 2017.

The new legislation, which forms part of the Local Government Finance Bill (2017) enables the creation of Property Owner BIDs, which can currently only be created in London.  When enacted, this will provide the right for property owners to collectively invest in the improvement of their cities, in much the same way companies in existing BIDs have been.

Property Owner BIDs were first introduced in the UK in 2009 as part of the Business Rate Supplement Bill. Due to the way this bill was drafted, and because London is the only part of the UK to currently have a business rate supplement, levied to help meet the cost of Cross Rail 2, their use has subsequently been limited to the capital.

When finalised, this legislation will provide the legal framework for BIDs and property owners to collectively invest in projects focussed on economic growth. Northern BIDs Group and its members have worked closely with Government to permit Property Owner BIDs beyond London.

Property Owner BIDs have been successfully implemented in London, the United States, including major cities like New York, and in European cities including Hamburg. By including property owners the Heart of London BID, the New West End Company BID, and BID Neuer Wall in Hamburg have created distinct characters and robust rationales for investment in the areas they represent.

Bill Addy, Co-chair of the Northern BIDs Group, which represents seven of the largest city BIDs in the North of England, said:  “The expansion of Property Owner BIDs is welcome in the North, it will allow our Business Improvement Districts to add additional impetus to the investment they are driving. This has long been campaigned for, so it is to see good that the Government is listening and more importantly acting.

“The inclusion of Property Owner BIDs in the Local Government Finance Bill will enable areas to drive investment, economic growth and jobs, and will help balance the playing field between London and the rest of the country. We are confident that when enacted, BIDs, working closely with property owners, will provide a compelling case for investment that creates the best possible return for business and their cities.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Government as the bill makes its way through Parliament.”

Sean Bullick, Co-chair of the Northern BIDs Group, said: “It is now up to the BIDs in the North to make compelling cases to property owners and investors on behalf of our cities. This is a potentially revolutionary opportunity for the UK’s cities to put themselves on a par with London and the great metropolises of the world.

“By empowering businesses to invest in the long-term future of their areas, the addition of property owners to BIDs can make a huge difference.”

Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the British Property Federation, said: We are pleased to see Government extending the possibility of property owner BIDs outside London. This will allow local landlords to coalesce around a number of shared objectives that they will vote on, and give a boost in funding to our city centres. There are already some property owner BIDs in London, and they are big in the USA. BIDs take time to put in place and regional cities should be contemplating whether they want to make use of these new structures now, so they can make the most of the opportunity when the legislation is passed.”