The QT

Tuesday 23 July 2024
23/07/2024

Edition 9

Hartlepool MP hails nuclear investment

A fresh commitment to securing a new nuclear future for the North East can create hundreds of jobs and fuel further positive change for the region. That’s the verdict of Hartlepool MP Jill Mortimer after the Government’s Future Nuclear Enabling Fund (FNEF) awarded £3.34m to the company proposing to build a nuclear reactor plant in …

Is home working bad for employees’ health?

It was hailed as the saviour of the workforce during the Covid pandemic lockdown. But now it seems the phenomenon of home working has stored up a major issue for employers, costing the economy billions of pounds a year. While many businesses and organisations have embraced home working successfully, still adopting it as standard working …

My life through a lens: Adam Kennedy

You’ll notice there’s a distinct and tuneful theme to this week’s feature. Adam Kennedy is an internationally-published music photographer and writer from Houghton-le-Spring. Now living in Newcastle – where he is currently one of the in-house photographers at the 02 City Hall – if you’ve been at a North East gig over the past decade …

Laurels unveils another fine season to get into

When it comes to articulating the mission of Laurels Theatre, Jamie Eastlake is not messing about. “We want to make and develop stories and artists in our region and help get them on that rocket ship into the wider world.” And fresh from a week workshopping an under-the-radar project at the National Theatre (the National …

Inaction putting lives at risk

The founder of an influential North East-based charity, campaigning to reduce the negative impact of in-service sexual violence, claims Ministry of Defence inaction is putting veterans and serving personnel in danger. Tony Wright, who set up Tyneside-based Forward Assist and is the co-author of several reports that lift the lid on a culture of bullying, …

Tyne Bridge and Swing Bridge in Newcastle

Investigating the genial Geordie

Long ago, getting on for a century, a young man visited Newcastle for the first time. The place made quite an impression, as he recorded later: “Thirty or was it 300 years ago, I stood on the Gateshead side of the Tyne Bridge and looked down into the mighty trough. On one side was the …

Don’t tell me the North East tech story, show me!

Whenever I go to leading UK tech events, be it in London or elsewhere around the nation, two questions are often thrown at me: “What are the North East’s tech strengths?” and, unless I’m in Scotland: “What tech companies have you got up there?” While the questions, the latter especially, could be considered ignorant or …

In a job he rather didn’t exist

In an ideal world, Sean Soulsby would make himself redundant. “In charity, you should be trying to do yourself out of the job,” he says, as he explains his role as chief executive of The Children’s Foundation, meaning you’re always looking to fix problems. Sean has been with the charity since 2019, but looks forward …

Eyes and ears

ENERGY WARNING: The latest report from Offshore Energies UK (OEUK) has warned that unstable energy policies and tax regimes could result in the UK missing out on a potential £450 billion growth in the domestic offshore energy market by 2040. The report emphasises the need for policymakers to bolster investor confidence to seize opportunities, highlighting …

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