This October, North East Times’ popular Women’s Issue will return for a second year. We will again be highlighting some of the most successful and up-coming female business leaders and influencers operating in the region today, as well as investigating issues around diversity and equality.
This month, we are focusing on the business of sport. We look at the significance of sport in our region, its commercialisation, education and economic impact, as well as the ways organisations have embraced physical activities for the benefit of staff and productivity.
Our cover star this month is Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez who reveals why a connected club and community will create benefits on and off the pitch.
Our summer issue returns this year addressing the process of making, growing and sharing money. We bring you the latest thinking behind wealth accumulation and what to do with it when you have it – and reflect on the factors impacting on global wealth, from political uncertainty to financial rules and regulations. Our cover story this month features Jonathan Ruffer, a man who personifies making, growing and sharing money.
This issue focuses on the good, the bad and the ugly of leadership. We’ve spoken to some of the most successful and promising figureheads of the North East business community to find out what makes them tick, and the leaders who inspire them.
Our cover story is Ben Houchen who, as the Tees Valley’s first elected mayor, now holds a unique leadership position in the region.
This month we are focusing on the North East’s arts and culture sector. As a region, we boast world-class cultural organisations and institutions, from Newcastle’s Theatre Royal, Gateshead’s Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, to Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and Durham Cathedral, a World Heritage Site. Sunderland is also set to get its own cultural quarter soon to add to the Empire theatre and the National Glass Centre.
It has been a year since our last issue dedicated to the technology sector and it seems that the digital industries continue to flourish in the North East – from startups and scale-ups to corporates.
This month, North East Times focuses on professional and business services as we look at what constitutes a professional service nowadays – expanding the conversation beyond the traditional solicitors and accountants to property specialists, management consultants, engineers and technologists, too.
This month, we focus on skills and how and why we need to tackle the skills gap in our region. Speaking to some of the businesses and organisations for this issue, it’s clear that there are jobs available in the North East but workers must adapt their skill-set to fill the positions in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, engineering, health, life sciences and digital. Alternatively, we must attract talent by showcasing the North East as a vibrant place to work and live.
In our first issue of this year, we look at the strengths of life sciences and healthcare in the North East. We reflect on the region’s infrastructure in these sectors, as well as some of the pioneering research taking place in the region and the impact it is having on world health. Our cover story is with Professor Sir John Burn, whose impressive journey from County Durham pit village to medical elite has helped facilitate major advances in the world of genetics and genomics.
In this issue, a number of North East businesses reflect on their biggest achievements and challenges in 2016. We also bring you three key regional interviews – Sean Bullick from NE1, Andrew Lewis from the newly established Tees Valley Combined Authority and Rebecca Ball from the Sunderland 2021 bid team – who tell us about activity in their respective areas.
This month, North East Times is celebrating successful and up-andcoming business women in the North East. It has been a pleasure to speak to just a few of the women who are making a real impact on the region’s economy across so many sectors: retail, hospitality, media and STEM-related industries. Each has a unique story to tell and I hope that you feel inspired reading about their journeys.
This month, we celebrate innovation and new thinking in business. It is so important that new products, services and business models are created but too often, business shy away from spending on R&D. Instead, they are content to sit back and wait for others to create pioneering technologies.
This month, we look at the different ways companies and organisations address their employees’ well-being and whether a working environment can really make an impact on a person’s productivity level.
For this summer issue, North East Times is looking at money and how to make it, grow it and share it. Our cover subject, the esteemed North East businessman Graham Wylie, perhaps perfectly epitomises this journey.
Automotive issue. We’re home to industry heavyweights Nissan, Komatsu, Caterpillar, ZL TRW and NIFCO UK, as well as countless smaller supply chain companies and associated businesses. In this issue, we look to celebrate the strength and depth of the North East automotive industry.
This month, we look at the issue of inward investment and how we attract more of it into the North East. For our cover story, we examine the ways NewcastleGateshead Initiative – operating under Invest Newcastle – is showcasing the city and the surrounding area to companies and investors from the rest of the UK and around the world.
In this special Technology Issue, North East Times looks to celebrate the North East tech sector, as well as look at some of the digital issues facing us all. We should rightly be proud that the North East is home to Europe’s only FTSE 100 Technology company, Sage, as well as four of the UK’s top 100 fastest growing tech companies (Aspire Technology, Ontrac, SITS Group and Visualsoft).
Our cover story features Sarah Glendinning, regional director of the CBI, who is tasked with highlighting the region’s business interests when the national organisation is lobbying Government. Alan Hodgson, the new chair of the North East LEP, also speaks about the importance of the region being heard as part of the Northern Powerhouse agenda.
Northern Powerhouse issue. The Northern Powerhouse agenda has been building momentum for the past 18 months, ever since Chancellor Osborne set out his vision for it at a speech in Manchester in 2014.
This issue looks at what the Northern Powerhouse is and what its main drivers are.
In our January issue, our cover star may be a familiar face but we’re not looking at this icon of Newcastle United’s footballing career. Instead, we explore the part Alan Shearer is playing in the growth of Speedflex, an innovative fitness concept.
There is, in fact, a sporting theme running throughout this issue.
As we say goodbye to 2015, this second issue celebrates some of the year’s biggest success stories among the region’s business fraternity. Our cover story also explores one of the region’s biggest business announcements of 2015. Lookers plc acquired North East-focused Benfield Motors for £87.5 million this autumn.
In this first (relaunch) issue, there are interviews with Dean Benson of Visualsoft and Jonathan O’Halloran of QuantuMDx – two inspirational business leaders who are bringing true innovation to their fields, from bases in the North East. As is our cover story subject – Atom Bank – which is looking to revolutionise the UK banking system from its HQ in Durham.