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.”

Remploy helps Stephen make a Mitie change to his life

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A Washington man, who lost a close friend several years ago, credits having a job once again as helping him turn his life around.

Stephen James, 56, experienced a breakdown following the tragedy, which left him unable to work and with little means to support himself and his family. He was completely taken aback at the way his health spiralled and soon realised he could no longer hold down his job working in retail security.

“I hit an all-time low and had no idea how to get myself out of it,” said Stephen. “The only thing that was clear was that I couldn’t continue with my job. However, that meant I lost touch with those around me, which left me feeling even more isolated.”

Although Stephen’s health gradually improved, his chances of finding work remained low. “I was truthful with employers about my health condition, but that just seemed to count against me and nobody would give me a chance. I didn’t know how to break this cycle, and so once again depression set in.”

Stephen was referred to disability employment specialists Remploy, which partners with businesses and organisations throughout the North East to give equal opportunities to people who face complex barriers to employment. Through a series of placements, working for a retailer and a hotel, Stephen slowly began to regain some confidence himself – enough to impress when he was interviewed for his new job as a Newcastle city centre Street Ranger. The service, which helps keep the city centre street clean, helps visitors and improves the look and feel of Newcastle Upon Tyne. It is managed by NE1, a business improvement district company, and delivered by facilities management company Mitie, and their willingness to give Stephen a chance is now paying dividends.

“Already I am content with my job, and would happily sleep at the office if it meant helping more people who live, work or visit the city,” he said. “My advisors at Remploy were really excellent and became my friends as well. Just having somebody believe in me meant I could start to believe in myself, and it made all the difference.”

Tariq Albassam, who is NE1’s operations manager said, “Stephen represents our city with great pride and it is a pleasure to work with him. Remploy played a huge part in helping him rebuild his life, and he’s now supporting others. He is a very capable man and we are proud to have him as part of our team.

Remploy advisor Ingrid Rayner added, “We’re all thrilled to see Stephen get back on his feet. The transformation since he first walked through our doors is remarkable, but that’s equally down to his determination to rethink everything he had experienced. We helped him understand that he was, and is, fully capable of working once again – he just needed practical and emotional support after an extended period of unemployment. The rest was down to him.”

As well as working alongside employers to understand their recruitment needs and opportunities, Remploy provides a range of focused employment services to people with disabilities and long term health conditions. For more information about Remploy’s mental health services, please visit:

100 Milestone Mark Reached by NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week

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The date has been set for January’s NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week, a hugely popular event in Newcastle’s event calendar and a hotly anticipated date for all Northern foodies.  From 16th– 22nd January, NE1 will be hosting the 13th NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week and will celebrate a major milestone in the event’s six-year history as it welcomes over 100 restaurants to take part.


The rising number of participants mirrors the growth of the city’s restaurant scene, 24 new restaurants are to open in the new intu Eldon Square Grey’s Quarter alone and Newcastle currently offers more restaurants per square foot than any other Northern city.


Among these new sign ups are brands new to the city that were quick to register to take part in what will be their first NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week, including Chaophraya and the newly launched Dobson and Parnell: the latest venture from award winning restaurateur, Andy Hook. Newcastle diners and food lovers will be given the opportunity to try out these new venues for only £10 or £15 per head.


Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1 said:

“NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is always an exciting time for Newcastle, but this January promises to beat all previous records with over 100 venues already signed up to take part.  We’re delighted that so many of the venues at the new Grey’s Quarter in intu Eldon Square were primed and ready to get on board – many of them expressed an interest and signed up even before they’d opened their doors.  It is great that they all knew about NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week and didn’t need persuading to join the event.  It’s also reaffirming to have Andy Hook, one of the founding restaurateurs of NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week sign up with his new restaurant, Dobson and Parnell just weeks after the doors opened. ”


The event continues to grow in popularity and status year on year.  At the last count, over 350,000 diners had taken part in NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week since its launch in January 2011 with over 40,000 dining during last August’s Restaurant Week alone.


The idea for NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week came 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 translates well to Newcastle, a city with a vibrant restaurant scene whose vibrancy only increases each January and August, when NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is held.   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.


Newcastle is also home to a truly cosmopolitan mix of restaurants and menus ensuring all tastes are catered for.  Diners can eat out ‘around the world’ in Newcastle from Italian, Spanish Tapas to Chinese, Brazilian, German and Indian.


Andy Hook, owner of Blackfriars Restaurant in Newcastle and of the newly opened Dobson and Parnell at 21 Queen Street, on Newcastle’s Quayside said:


“Blackfriars have been involved in NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week since the beginning.  We were one of the 13 restaurants who made up the very first NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week six years ago and we’ve taken part ever since.   We love the added excitement the event brings to the city’s dining scene.  Although we have only been open a couple of weeks, we have been quick to sign up our new restaurant, Dobson and Parnell for January’s event. We know how good it is to be able to welcome new diners into the restaurant so they can sample what’s on offer, knowing that they will enjoy a quality, premium dining experience at a fixed price.  Many of our regular diners came to us first through NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week.”
Cabana Brasilian Barbecue celebrated their launch in the summer of 2016, and signed up for their first NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week in August. Already excited for January’s event after enjoying fantastic results in August, Manager, Ashley Archer said:

“As a Newcastle local myself, I’ve known all about NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week and am delighted that Cabana is involved. NE1 Restaurant Week echoes what we’re all about: bringing friends and family together over delicious food. We’re excited to be showcasing the best of our Rio street food, skewers and fantastic cocktails to the people of Newcastle, and NE1 Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity for them to enjoy a taste of Rio here in Newcastle – with food at the heart of the celebration.”


Simon Wright, Business Manager at Chaophraya Newcastle commented “NE1 Restaurant Week is one of the North East’s most popular food events and celebrates some of the very best restaurants in Newcastle, so naturally we couldn’t wait to get involved.


“Diners visiting our restaurant throughout the week can expect panoramic views of the city, exceptional service, as well as two or three courses specially selected from our contemporary menu for either £10 or £15. With the event only weeks away, the team are incredibly excited to be taking part in what has become such a highly anticipated week in the city’s event calendar.”



Due to the success of NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week it is essential to reserve your tables as many restaurants will be fully booked across the week.

For details of offers and participating restaurants visit