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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It has been a year since our last issue dedicated to the technology sector and it seems that the digital industries continue to flourish in the North East – from startups and scale-ups to corporates.
This month, North East Times focuses on professional and business services as we look at what constitutes a professional service nowadays – expanding the conversation beyond the traditional solicitors and accountants to property specialists, management consultants, engineers and technologists, too.
This month, we focus on skills and how and why we need to tackle the skills gap in our region. Speaking to some of the businesses and organisations for this issue, it’s clear that there are jobs available in the North East but workers must adapt their skill-set to fill the positions in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, engineering, health, life sciences and digital. Alternatively, we must attract talent by showcasing the North East as a vibrant place to work and live.
In our first issue of this year, we look at the strengths of life sciences and healthcare in the North East. We reflect on the region’s infrastructure in these sectors, as well as some of the pioneering research taking place in the region and the impact it is having on world health. Our cover story is with Professor Sir John Burn, whose impressive journey from County Durham pit village to medical elite has helped facilitate major advances in the world of genetics and genomics.