The Working City newsletter aims to keep Newcastle businesses up to date with the latest developments.
Foreword by Cllr Nick Forbes
I am proud to say that the city is making great progress, embracing new industries and technology, diversifying our economy so we can compete on an international stage. Further evidence of this was the official opening last week of Ubisoft’s new Consumer Relationship Centre - a hugely significant investment for the city which reaffirms Newcastle’s position as one of the fastest growing tech centres outside of London.
Opportunities to invest in Newcastle have never been better. There are new developments at Central Station, the Stephenson Quarter, and on the North Bank of the Tyne. Investors are bringing new jobs, recognising that Newcastle is a great place to locate and grow a business. But we want to do more to ensure that Newcastle lives up to its full potential which is why we are investing heavily.
Our plans for the city, under the Re-Newcastle programme of renewal and reinvention, are delivering the biggest transformation of the city’s infrastructure in a generation.
We are improving national and international transport links, making the city easier to get around, and investing in superfast broadband, connecting businesses with new markets. With an ambitious Local Plan for future development in Newcastle and Gateshead – subject to council approval this month - we are building new homes across the city, creating new communities and growing our population. And we are creating new business districts that will attract international investors and create the jobs of the future.
We recently launched our youth employment programme Generation NE which will see over 2,000 good job opportunities for young people. Working with Durham, Gateshead, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils and the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, we will support local businesses to tackle youth unemployment.
There is lots going on, and with our partners we will continue to work hard to make Newcastle a great place to do business.
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