Burning Issue: What makes North East people ‘great’?

February 1, 2018

Kiran Radhakrishnan
Head of The Newcastle Hub, Norton Rose Fulbright

There are a number of reasons as to why the North East is ideally placed for Norton Rose Fulbright, including access to a strong pool of local talent. It’s imperative for us to attract top-quality people with the right attitude that can help us deliver to our clients around the world – and we’ve found no shortage of bright, diligent and innovative people. The work is demanding and the hours can be long; positive attitude and enthusiasm are crucial to keeping morale high.

Dr David Cliff
Managing director, Gedanken

People in the North East are good, solid, reliable workers and we are widely regarded as a dependable addition to any workforce. This makes us an attractive prospect when recruiting. In fact, many companies in the south actively look for north easterners to hire for this very quality. We also have a great sense of community here, even in an increasingly individualised world. For this reason, we are perceived as sociable and welcoming, which is a brilliant reputation to have.

Catherine Walker
Inward investment director, Invest Newcastle

The openness and willingness of people in the North East business community to support others is genuinely not found in other regions. Individuals regularly go out of their way to facilitate introductions and this ‘people connectivity’ is one of the USPs that helps Invest Newcastle sell the region to inward investors. Businesses in the region tell us time and again that the creativity, passion and productivity of our workforce is hard to beat and, more generally, the friendliness and generosity of the local people is legendary.

Michaela Reaney (pictured)
Managing director, Gradvert

Community spirit, pride and collaboration are what makes the people of the North East great. Many offer their time and support (often for free) to share expertise and best practice and create new opportunities. There is a collective desire to strengthen the economy, which sets us apart, and an innate determination to ensure the region succeeds against all odds produces a sense that we are all in this together.

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