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Saturday 15 June 2024
15/06/2024

Business

International spotlight on North East Tech

Offshore wind clusters, AI and data transformation and education via Lego, motorised cars and LED light displays; all wildly different topics and all on the vast menu at the region’s biggest tech event this month. Following a hugely successful debut last year, TechNExt 2024 will take place across the North East between June 17-21, welcoming …

Ad Gefrin enjoying taste of success

Whisky bosses are toasting a hat-trick of global awards with the promise of much more to come as North East newcomer Ad Gefrin goes from strength to strength. The Northumberland-based distiller won three medals at the prestigious 2024 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) just over 12 months after opening to the public. And the …

Building a more diverse workforce

An apprenticeship scheme with its roots on Tyneside is helping to shape the way women are represented in the construction sector. The Gateshead College initiative, PlanBEE, was launched a little over a decade ago, bringing together students looking for a route into architecture, engineering and building services with key players in the industry. Launched as …

There’s something special about Mary

It’s a genuine page turner. From the rebellious teenager to the cancer survivor who rose through the ranks to helm one of the world’s most beloved publishers, Mary Cannam’s life story is compelling.  There’s the sliding doors moment at the job centre in Crook, County Durham, when a call out for booksellers suddenly caught her …

Company backs F1 students

A Northumberland manufacturer is throwing its weight behind a team of students taking part in a green-powered, electric motorsport competition. The team of fledgling engineers from Glasgow University will compete in the biggest educational engineering competition in Europe backed by cable glands, cleats and accessories firm CMP Products. The company, whose central manufacturing, packing and …

Region is leading the UK’s space race

“Once we were known for building ships. Now we’re going to be known for building spaceships.” The words of Professor John Woodward, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University speaking this week, on the evening before this year’s North East Space Conference. This is the 10th conference of its kind …

North East winners with eyes on national prize

A prestigious property awards ceremony later this year will feature five North East winners, including a cutting-edge renewable energy scheme and Northumberland’s first-ever whisky distillery. The Viking Energy Network Jarrow has been named as a candidate for a place in the finals alongside Ad Gefrin Anglo-Saxon Museum and Whisky Distillery in Wooler, Northumberland. Also in the …

Putting the North East in the global spotlight

I have had the privilege of representing Newcastle and the North East at hundreds of national and international events over the years and I’m often asked what the benefits are for cities and regions to be funding this kind of activity.  The first thing that comes to mind for me is our Invest Newcastle Investor …

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