The story of NewcastleGateshead is an inspiring one. 

United by the mighty River Tyne, we’re a community bonded by a passion for sport, an eye for the arts and a genuine flair for business. 

Many of the great breakthroughs of the past happened right here. Stephenson built his famous steam train: the Rocket, and Joseph Swan invented the lightbulb - before his American rival, Thomas Edison. Even Lucozade, believe it or not, was first concocted here. 

And that inventive spirit is still flowing through us today. 

Our stunning Quayside is alive with art, music, theatre and culture. The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, transformed from an old flour mill on the South Bank of the Tyne, is the only non-Tate organisation to host the Turner Prize outside of London. Its next door neighbour is equally special: The Sage Gateshead is a £70 million music venue designed by Foster & Partners to provide acoustically perfect performances. 

Creativity runs through our businesses too. We have one of the strongest gaming clusters north of the M25, with AAA title producers like Eutechnyx and Ubisoft Reflections. That’s on top of our impressive reputation in design, digital and smart technology. 

Oh, and speaking of smart. You’ll find the brains behind the UK’s leading professional, financial and legal companies right here. Virgin Money, Barclays, Dickinson Dees, PricewaterhouseCoopers and world-renowned business software developer, Sage, are all major employers in NewcastleGateshead. 

We’re well connected in other senses too. International air- and seaports, fast road and rail links on the famous route of the Flying Scotsman and a £6 million investment in superfast broadband mean the world is as quick as a double-click away. 

Closer to home, our outdoors really is worthy of the title great. Country and coast are both minutes away while Jesmond Dene and Saltwell Park are a beautiful breath of fresh air in the urban centres of Newcastle and Gateshead. We’re also home to one of the most viewed outdoor artworks in the world: more than one person every second sees our iconic Angel of the North.

Our universities and hospitals are working together on pioneering research, in the fields of neuroscience, ageing and chronic disease, organ transplantation and cancer research. While our International Centre for Life and new Science City are breaking new ground in Stem Cell and advanced genetics research and development. Knowledge with real commercial, as well as life-changing, potential. 

Clever stuff from the place also voted the UK’s no1 by students. With the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria at the very heart of the city and a real reputation for excellence in law, design, sport, healthcare and business, it’s not hard to see why. Couple this with our innovative schools and colleges, NewcastleGateshead is an inspiring place for learning. 

Of course, it’s not all about work here. We like to play too. From the 52,000 fanatical toon fans that fill Newcastle United’s stadium every Saturday to the largest half marathon in the world, the Great North Run, our bodies are every bit as active as our minds.

We were famously the fuel behind the industrial revolution. Now, our enterprising and creative minds are exploring the exciting possibilities of oil, gas and revolutionary green fuels. While advanced manufacturing is unlocking big potential from the microscopic worlds of nano- and biotechnology.

We’re also teaching the skills and creating the jobs for one of the most important emerging markets: low carbon technology. From electric commercial vehicle production to manufacturing the world’s biggest wind turbine, it’s no wonder Newcastle has twice been voted the UK’s most sustainable city

So as you can see, our home is where the businesses of tomorrow are working today

Because our unique spirit drives us forever forwards, to do things in a way others simply can’t follow.

That’s our reputation. That’s what we’re great at; what you’re great at.

NewcastleGateshead is genuinely inspiring.

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