My North East: Graham Wylie CBE

November 10, 2015

Businessman Graham Wylie CBE, co-founder of Sage software, has lived in the Newcastle area all of his life – almost. His Scottish parents wanted him to be born in Scotland, so he spent the first two weeks of his life in Hawick, just over the border. Here, Graham shares some of his favourite places in the North East.

I love the North East, people are so friendly and so hard working. I have businesses all over the UK and the hardest working and most honest employees are right here in the North East.


Jesmond is a brilliant area because it caters for all walks of life – from kids and students to married couples and elderly people. It’s very cosmopolitan with a great choice of restaurants, bars and shops. Shame about the parking though.


My favourite place to spend some quality leisure time has to be Close House. I really enjoy a round of golf and if the weather is sunny, there is no better place to play. Great views, a challenging course and sipping a glass of white wine on the balcony in the clubhouse (No. 19) is a great way to relax.


My favourite place to eat is Dabbawal in Jesmond. It’s a different kind of Indian restaurant and I would recommend the Bombay Bomb starter and the duck nilgiri as a main course.


The attraction the North East should be proudest of is The Sage Gateshead. It is a wonderful piece of architecture and is a great asset as a cultural venue for all sorts of concerts.


The best place to conduct business is Close House, again. I’ve spent many hours talking to all sorts of different people over a great meal with stunning views. I also notice that I am not the only one doing this and it is becoming more and more popular.


I have always found the home of Newcastle Falcons, Kingston Park, a great venue for corporate activities; friendly staff, good parking and everyone is very accommodating.


The best view in the North East is over the Tyne Bridge in the evening from the private dining room in the Baltic. Absolutely stunning.


The Freeman Hospital is the spiritual home of transplantation and where they perform world leading surgery, saving so many lives. It’s something we

should all be very proud of.


I love the beach at Bamburgh on a sunny day. It has an unspoilt beauty that can be enjoyed by everyone.


The North East is my home. It’s where all my family live, where my businesses are located. It is always great to come home from travelling all over the world.


Graham Wylie’s business interests in the North East include Close House golf resort, TSG and Speedflex.

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