“For Newcastle University the feel and the look of the city is very important. Our increasingly international student body expects to find a clean, modern, cosmopolitan city. NE1’s work, in particular Alive after Five, has helped to provide this by ensuring a welcoming and vibrant early evening experience.”
Chris Brink, Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University
“Newcastle city centre’s NE1 BID was set up in 2009 and is widely recognised as one of the most successful in the country.”
Centre for Cities ‘Beyond the High Street’ 2013
“Their insight into what makes Newcastle retail tick has been invaluable in helping us shape our overall strategy for redeveloping and repositioning Monument Mall.”
Peter Cooper, Portfolio Director, Hammerson
“It is right that local businesses should be closely involved in setting the local agenda for economic growth and employment. Low cost and focussed on delivering a return on investment, NE1 is creating a new model for how that can happen.”
Tim Knox, Director, Centre for Policy Studies
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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.
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 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.
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.