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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.