Jayne Hart is managing director of The HR Dept Newcastle, which is part of a long-established franchise network of HR Depts, all owned and operated by qualified, experienced HR specialists
I was born in Barrow-in-Furness but since the age of six, I have lived in and around the Newcastle area. I spent my childhood in Fenham and am now living by the beach in South Shields.
I love that we have everything we need in the North East for a good quality of life, within a short distance. Beautiful wild beaches, stunning countryside, vibrant shopping centres and some amazing tourist attractions.
I’m used to travelling across the UK for work and I’ve always appreciated the warmth and helpful nature of my North East colleagues. This continues now that I am self employed. The business community here is really supportive and I know I can pick up the phone and people will always find time to listen and share their experience.
My favourite area is South Shields. Living by the beach feels like I am on holiday when the weekend comes. There is always something to do or see. I love the summer concerts in Marine Park, nipping into Minchella’s for a toastie or an ice cream, taking my nieces and nephews to feed the ducks and go on the little steam train. The Customs House is a little treasure and the new Word building is amazing, too. South Tyneside Council gets a lot of stick but I personally believe they do a heck of a lot for the area.
I like to spend some quality leisure time in Seaham Hall Spa because it is just truly an escape from reality. Sadly I don’t get to go as much as I would like.
The visitor attraction the North East should be proudest of is Beamish. The place is amazing. Every time I go I have a different experience. I love the miners’ houses and the village school, in particular.
My favourite place to conduct business away from the office is in any of the small local coffee shops we have in the area. My favourite is probably the Cycle Hub on Newcastle Quayside because it is relaxed and easy to park up outside.
The best view in the North East is from the top of Penshaw Monument on a clear day because you can see for miles around.
What makes the North East for me is the feeling of community and how people pull together. I know I can strike up a conversation with the person next to me on the Metro and have a good natter if I want to. I also know that if I was to ask for help I would get it.
My hidden gem is the little cove beaches that nestle behind Souter Light House in Whitburn. They are usually quite isolated and brilliant for rock pooling or simply having a quiet few minutes’ thinking space. On a sunny day you could think you were abroad.