Issue 407
May 2018

This month we look at the impact the North East is making on the rest of the world. Our region is the only one in the UK with a positive trade balance – we export more than we import – and this edition is packed with some of the fantastic and varied North East-based companies that are contributing to this distinguished fact – not least our cover star, Eldon Robson, who has taken his great-grandfather’s local botanical brewing business to success on the world stage.

Issue 1
Newcastle Startup Week

Newcastle Startup Week festival is designed to inspire and encourage more local people to start and grow their own businesses and attract others from outside the region who might like to relocate, invest or do business here.

Issue 2
Newcastle Startup Week

Newcastle Startup Week is a 5-day festival designed to inspire and support more people to start or grow their business in the North East of England. From the world’s first lightbulb to business software and smart data, the ‘test bed city’ of Newcastle upon Tyne has been inventing the future for hundreds of years.

Issue 406
April 2018

Our popular Tech Issue returns for its third year and again celebrates the strength and depth of the North East’s tech and digital sector. Our cover star is one of the region’s most prominent tech figures. Paul Smith co-founded the Ignite accelerator programme in 2011 before relocating to the UAE to set up a similar initiative and joining Hyperloop One, Elon Musk’s project that is promising to revolutionise commuter travel around the world.

Issue 405
March 2018

In our March issue, we look at the ways companies, organisations, individuals and even regions can create a strong identity and the benefits that brings. Our cover story is the man who has built a multi-million pound business by combining his passions of Reggae music and Caribbean sauces – with just a little help from some Dragons.

Issue 404
February 2018

When asked what the best thing about the North East is, the answer you’ll almost always hear is… the people. We are renowned across the world for our friendly, can-do attitude and in this issue, we want to celebrate the GREAT people of the North East. Our cover star this month is Sir Gary Verity, chairman of the Great Exhibition of the North. We ask him why people should get behind the major event.

Issue 1
Hotspot

Hotspot – showcasing all the region has to offer across sectors including: shared service centres, advanced manufacturing and automotive, government, cyber security and finance & higher education

Issue 403
January 2018

For the first issue of 2018, we take a look at the professional services sector. We’ve spoken to some of the key personnel and brands operating in the region and looked at the impact local firms are making regionally, nationally and internationally.
Our cover story reflects one of the biggest North East legal stories from last year – the combination of Womble Carlyle and Bond Dickinson into Womble Bond Dickinson. Betty Temple, CEO and chair, reflects on how the new transatlantic firm is set to benefit clients and employees alike.

Issue 402
December 2017

Review of 2017 – Over a year after the EU referendum result, we’re barely any further forward – apart from having triggered Article 50. With the clock now ticking, it’s crucial that 2018 brings the answers we crave. But despite ongoing uncertainty, there has been successes in the region. We highlight and celebrate this success in the December Issue.

Issue 401
November 2017

This month, we present our Building the Future issue, which focuses on the built environment.
We’re very excited to present the Amazing George Clarke as our cover star this month. He talks to North East Times about growing up in Washington, combining his presenting career with that of his architectural practice and his MOBIE project, which is aiming to bring about innovation to the house building industry.

Issue 400
October 2017 Issue

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.

Issue 399
September 2017 Magazine

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.

Issue 398
July/August 2017 Magazine

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.

Issue 397
June 2017 Magazine

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.

Issue 396
May 2017 Magazine

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.

Issue 395
April 2017 Magazine

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.

Issue 394
March 2017 Magazine

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.

Issue 393
February 2017 Magazine

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.

Issue 392
January 2017 Magazine

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.

Issue 391
December 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 390
November 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 389
October 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 388
September 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 387
July/Aug 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 386
June 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 385
May 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 384
April 2016 Magazine

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).

Issue 383
March 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 382
February 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 381
January 2016 Magazine

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.

Issue 380
December 2015 Magazine

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.

Issue 379
November 2015 Magazine

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.

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