Issue 432
September 2020

In direct response to the Prime Minister’s announcement that the solution to the UK’s economic recovery is to “build, build, build” and to ‘build back better’, we decided to bring forward our annual Building the Future issue to September to explore how this strategy will impact the North East.
Our cover star this month is Gradon Architecture’s Tanja Smith, who tells North East Times about her truly international career, including two years spent in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar establishing an architectural studio.
We also speak to Gateshead-based John Tomaney, professor of urban and regional planning in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, who shares why the future development of Newcastle should be built around the movement of people, not cars.

Issue 431
July/August 2020

Welcome to the Money Issue. For five years, we have been bringing our readers the Money Issue, a special edition of North East Times that reflects the journey of making, growing and sharing wealth.
Usually, we feature a successful businessperson and philanthropist who perfectly personifies this wealth journey. But, mindful of the extraordinary challenges businesses and organisations are currently facing, we decided to do things a little differently this year. Instead of focusing on one person’s story, we’ve split the wealth journey into three core interviews. For the ‘make’ element, we speak to Steve Deutsch, chief executive of the forthcoming Great British Bank. We ask him about the process of setting up a North East-based challenger bank and who it is set to benefit.

Issue 430
June 2020

Welcome to the health and life sciences issue, the third edition the team has produced remotely from our respective homes. It’s been a challenging period for us all, but I couldn’t be prouder of the dedication and hard work that’s been shown.
Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the world and our hearts go out to everyone whose health, livelihoods and families have been affected by this cruel pandemic. Again, we thank all the key workers and frontline staff who continue to work tirelessly to support us through these extremely difficult times.
As we start to take our first tentative steps out of lockdown, the full extent of the economic damage caused by coronavirus is revealing itself on an almost daily basis. Every sector has been negatively affected by this pandemic and the recovery effort promises to be epic as we adjust to the ‘new normal’.
At North East Times, we decided to produce a health and life sciences issue to highlight some of the incredible work currently taking place across the North East.

Issue 429
On Topic: Sunderland – May 2020

This May, North East Times is dedicating its on topic supplement to Sunderland and Wearside. Commercial opportunities are available to complement the independent editorial written by our team of journalists. Ambitious plans to regenerate, develop and grow Sunderland’s economy are well underway.
Led by Sunderland Council, the ten-year city plan is highly focussed on improving growth, prosperity and accelerating job creation. £200 million has been allocated for infrastructure investment alone.
Grade 1 office space at The Beam, the technology hub at Sunderland Software City and IAMP (International Advanced Manufacturing Park) demonstrate the breadth and depth of the determination to improve Sunderland as a place for business. New projects are being planned to enhance the prosperity of the city further.

Issue 429
May 2020

Welcome to an edition of North East Times that the team and I felt was the only one we could produce at this time – The Disrupted Issue. Our aim was simple; to provide a platform for individuals, companies and organisations to share their news and views that sum up the unprecedented upheaval we’re experiencing as a result of the worst crisis for generations. In the following pages of this issue, you can read about the different ways local businesses and organisations are tackling the pandemic alongside messages from individuals who represent key workers and local communities.
We fully recognise the enormous financial toll coronavirus is making on local businesses and organisations, but we also see how the North East community is rising to the challenge of COVID-19 in some ingenious ways. Most businesses successfully implemented remote working practices immediately after lockdown. Others have pivoted their entire operations to help produce much-needed PPE for the NHS.

Issue 428
April 2020

It’s safe to say we finished this issue in a world very different from the one we began it in only a few weeks ago. The impact of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has been as colossal as it has been rapid. My thoughts are with those in the NHS and the other front-line staff who are going above and beyond to keep us as safe and secure as possible. Our April magazine focuses on investment in the North East, something that is set to become more vital in the future. You can read about individuals, businesses and organisations who are investing in our region – bringing jobs, innovation, prosperity and recognition – as well as gaining an insight into the early support and perspectives around the coronavirus outbreak.

Issue 3

Hotspot – Dynamo publishes its third Hotspot in partnership with North East Times to showcase the region’s growing IT and digital industry. Read the latest activity in sub-sectors, including shared service centres, government technology, cyber security and skills, plus much, much more.

Issue 1
NewcastleGateshead Initiative

The NewcastleGateshead Conferences, Events and Accommodation Guide is the only piece of print in the North East of England that pulls together all the hotels, venues and service suppliers, and actively promotes them to the events industry.It is the only publication that targets regional, national and international conference organisers, meeting planners and venue-finding agents. It is the primary piece of sales collateral used by the NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, central to all marketing and sales activity.

Issue 427
March 2020

Our cover story this month features the Digital Steering Group that has been created to support the delivery of the North East LEP’s Digital for Growth strategy. Though we’re still in the early days of the strategy’s – and the group’s – inception, we ask Laura Partridge, Stuart Lynn, Alison Shaw, Herb Kim, Deni Chambers, Michelle Rainbow, Pete Daykin and Richard Baker how we can best maximise opportunities for digital growth and investment in the region. We also speak to banking expert Craig Iley, founder and director at B-North about a career that has spanned traditional to challenger banking. And we reveal how students at Northumbria University are helping SMEs combat cyber-attacks.

Issue 427
On Topic: Durham – March 2020

This month’s on topic supplement also explores the economic development of County Durham in recent years and focuses on some of its strengths and opportunities.

Issue 426
February 2020

In this issue, we shine a light on the many and diverse ways in which education providers and businesses are combining to address skills gaps in our region. Ahead of National Apprenticeship Week 2020 (February 3-7), we look at how apprenticeships have changed over the years.

Issue 425
January 2020

Our cover story this month focuses on the rise of North Shoring – the trend of organisations moving some or all of their operations away from the over-heating economy of London. We look at some of the professional services firms that have already chosen to North Shore and explore the opportunities for more to come to the North East. Deb Sharratt also reflects on the role professional qualifications are making to the public relations industry, while Dean Turner and Aidan Dunstan from global investment bank, UBS, make their economic predictions for this year and beyond.

Issue 424
December 2019

Our second Impact Issue highlights those who have made an indelible mark across five categories – financial, innovation, global, regional and profile.
Thank you to everyone who made their nominations this autumn. It made the judging process very difficult – but it also highlighted the brilliantly work people and companies have achieved over the last 12 months, despite ongoing uncertainty.
Congratulations go to all our shortlisted nominees, and our winners – Jen Hartley (Invest Newcastle), Will Dracup (Biosignatures Ltd), Nick Oates (Quanta), Patricia Alexander (Shared Interest Society) and Paul Lancaster (Plan Digital UK). All of you have demonstrated a remarkable impact this year.
Extra praise goes to Jen Hartley, who is named our Outstanding Impact Award Winner 2019.

Issue 423
November 2019

This month we reflect on the diverse and thriving built environment sector in the North East. Now in its third year, our The Building the Future issue looks at the local individuals and organisations that are making serious waves in the industry across the globe.
Our cover story is Sir Terry Farrell, who grew up and studied in Newcastle and is now considered one of the UK’s most renowned architects and urban planners. We visited Sir Terry at his London home last month where he spoke passionately about his career and his strong links to Newcastle University.

Issue 1
The Legal 500

Welcome to your regional Legal 500 review, published by North East Times.
Highlighting the success and achievements of firms and individuals across the North East, the study provides an in-depth insight into the region’s thriving legal sector.
Listing firms and lawyers through a tiered ranking system, the annual Legal 500 independent review is a revered industry benchmark that helps clients make informed decisions when seeking legal services.

Issue 422
On Topic: Nurture – October 2019

We publish a specialist supplement focused on how local education establishments and training companies nurture skills for future success. We consider the full educational spectrum – from primary and secondary to further education colleges, universities and private training providers – and ask how organisations equip their students with the right tools to fulfil the demands of a modern workplace.

Issue 422
October 2019

North East Times returns with its fourth Women’s Issue. As editor, I believe it’s important to produce this annual issue, shining a light on some of the amazing women who are achieving great things in our region – spanning all levels and sectors. The research into the gender pay gap and the number of women on boards and in senior positions show inequalities based on gender, do exist in the workplace. Improvements are being made but progress is slow. I therefore think it’s important to raise the profile of local women who are pushing the boundaries of their sectors – to help inspire everyone.

Issue 421
On topic: Northumberland

In this issue, North East Times has produced a specialist supplement focusing on Northumberland promoting what the region can offer, as many businesses and development agencies regionally, nationally and internationally remain unaware of the opportunities. We look at offshore wind and energy, health and life sciences, advanced manufacturing, tourism and the international recognition as a tourism attraction, the creative industries and agri-tech and rural scale up.

Issue 421
September 2019

Our cover story investigates why, despite seven of England’s squad at this year’s Women’s World Cup hailing from the North East, there is a current lack of commitment for women’s football in the region. Hopefully, the recognition of Steph Houghton et al in France this year will help revive support, from grassroots to professional level, and the future generation of female footie stars will comprise a strong North East showing.

Issue 420
On topic: Healthcare & life sciences – August 2019

In this issue, North East Times has produced a specialist supplement focusing on the region’s thriving life sciences and healthcare sectors. We look at the world-class organisations and businesses, based in the North East, which are pioneering new technologies and innovative ideas. We also examine the unique environment to develop the skills, physical assets, technical capabilities and networks that are contributing to life-changing products and health initiatives.

Issue 420
July/August 2019

Our cover story is someone who personifies this journey. Former North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Fiona Cruickshank has carved out an incredible career as a pharmacist, business owner, angel investor and philanthropist. But, as you can read in this issue, she’s never had a grand plan, instead preferring to “bimble along.” Other interviews include Andrew Haigh, chief executive of Newcastle Building Society, who tells us how the mutual is looking to appeal to everyone by combining digital innovation with new branch openings.

Issue 419
June 2019

This month, we look at how the North East makes connections –whether physically, digitally, politically or economically. We have spoken to transport and infrastructure experts and those involved in initiatives to drive better digital connectivity in our region, as well as asking how North East businesses link with each other, with customers, with education and with other public sector organisations. Our cover this month is Jamie Driscoll, the new North of Tyne Mayor who was elected on May 2. We ask the Labour mayor about some of his policies and how he plans to connect with the region’s business community.

Issue 418
May 2019

This month, we look at the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector. As a region, we have a strong manufacturing heritage. We led the world in previous industrial revolutions and with what I’ve learnt from the experts who have contributed to this issue, it’s clear that –with the right combination of businesses, skills and infrastructure in place – we have the potential to be at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution too.

Issue 417
April 2019

Our popular Tech Issue returns for its fourth year to again celebrate the strengths of our tech and digital sector. Inside you’ll find profiles and advice from some of the most influential and promising tech talent based in the North East. Among them is Professor Sue Black who credits technology and education as transforming her and her three children’s lives. Meanwhile, our cover star is Bruce Daisley – the lead of Twitter across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ok, so he’s not from the region or based here, but we couldn’t resist catching up with the tech influencer when he travelled to Newcastle last month to speak at local schools and the Dynamo Annual Dinner.

Issue 3
Newcastle Startup Week

Newcastle Startup Week is an annual five-day (and night) festival that takes place in multiple venues across Newcastle and Gateshead in May. Each day has a different theme covering ‘Inspiration’, ‘Getting Started’, ‘Funding & Finance’, ‘Scaleup’ and ‘Keep Going or Pivot?’ By bringing all the best help and advice in one place, research shows we’re inspiring, motivating, encouraging and supporting more people to start or grow their business in the North East. Our 2017 and 2018 events both attracted more than 600 delegates from across the UK, Europe, USA and Asia and this year we’re on target to make our third event on May 13-17 even bigger.

Issue 2

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 416
March 2019

This issue was supposed to be our Brexit Issue, providing the chance for our writers and advertisers to reflect on the withdrawal agreement the UK had secured before leaving the EU on the 29th of the month. But with negotiations in chaos and political infighting rife, garnering opinion and predictions about what’s going to happen this month and beyond have been near impossible – hence our refocus to the International Issue.

Issue 415
February 2019

Our February edition addresses some of the issues around the much-debated subject of skills.
Our cover story is the celebrated learning and education visionary – Professor Sugata Mitra – who won the $1 million TED Prize in 2013 for his Hole-in-the-Wall experiment.
Speaking to North East Times from his Indian base, the professor of education technology at Newcastle University, reveals how he has used his prize money to deliver supported self-organised learning environments around the world via his School in the Cloud.

Issue 414
January 2019

For the first issue of 2019, North East Times takes a look at the professional services sector. We’ve spoken to some of the key figures and firms operating in the region, and look at the impact they are making regionally, nationally and internationally. Our cover story is Tim Bailey, founder of Xsite Architecture and chairman of RIBA North East. He speaks to North East Times about his doorstep architecture ethos and why he believes the challenges facing the region’s professionals are best addressed via its professional body.

Issue 413
December 2018

Despite the volatility of recent weeks, there have been high points for regional businesses in 2018 and North East Times has decided to celebrate some of these with its first Impact Awards. Thank you to everyone who made nominations and congratulations to our winners: Lesley Spuhler, Steve Parkin, Jim Mawdsley, John Savage and Neil Herron. Extra applause also goes to Lesley, who takes our Outstanding Impact Award 2018.

Issue 412
November 2018

Now in its second year, this issue looks at the individuals and organisations that are making waves in the industry regionally, nationally, and internationally.
This year, we’ve focused on those who are thinking ‘outside the box’ when it comes to architecture, design and construction.
Our cover star, designer Wayne Hemingway, reflects on the reasons for choosing Gateshead as the location for his innovative Staiths South Bank development, and reveals how it looked to reimaging residential living.

Issue 411
October 2018

North East Times returns with its third Women’s Issue. Since our second issue, a lot has happened. Social media campaigns such as #TimesUp and #MeToo have gone viral and helped spark debate around attitudes to gender in society. I hope that this debate continues and real change can be achieved.
This issue again celebrates just some of the amazing women who are achieving great things in our region – spanning all levels and sectors. I’d like to thank Arwen Duddington, COO at ZeroLight, Estelle Blanks executive director at Innovation SuperNetwork and Joanna Feeley, founder of Trend Bible, for telling their inspiring stories, as well as the countless other women – and men – who have contributed to this issue.

Issue 410
September 2018

This month, North East Times brings you our second Sports Issue. As well as showcasing well-known sporting personalities with links to the region, we look at the sector’s commercialisation and the significance to the North East. Our cover star this month is director of rugby, Dean Richards, who has led Newcastle Falcons to its best season in two decades – a top four finish in the Aviva Premiership. He reflects on the recent accomplishments at the club and why he and his players are hungry for more.

Issue 409
July/August 2018

Our third Money Issue returns this summer and highlights the wealth journey of making and growing and, hopefully, sharing money. We again feature on the cover a business person who personifies this wealth journey. Andy Preston made his millions as a stock broker and hedge fund manager in the City before returning to his hometown of Teesside, where he has set up several charities to help local poverty and homelessness.

Issue 408
June 2018

This month, we wanted to tell the truly inspirational stories of some of the people who have achieved amazing things in our region – overcoming major challenges to do so. Sir John Hall exceeded the expectations of a miner’s son to become a millionaire property developer. He has made an indelible mark on the North East – with the MetroCentre, Wynyard Estate and his ownership of Newcastle United – as well as being a vocal advocate for the region on a national level.

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 – 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

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

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

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

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.

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