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What partners say

Proactive. Enthusiastic. Ambitious. Partners who really engage with our team, explore the obvious and less obvious opportunities and become ambassadors for the organisation and the destination enjoy a greater share of the mutual benefits we all deliver; their success is our success.

“The visibility and achievement of NewcastleGateshead as an area has an impact on our success as a business.

“We have five main business areas: bulk and conventional cargoes; car terminals; cruise and ferries; cruisevisitors; and distribution. Each of those areas can benefit in different ways from the success of the region. Through NewcastleGateshead Initiative we have been able to very successfully network with potential business customers at a national and international level.

“Each December, a group of around 2,000 Faroe Islanders visit the region on a two-day shopping trip. We work with NewcastleGateshead Initiative, helping get the visitors to the shopping centres, and informing retailers to expect a run on

“Our most recent development within the partnership has been our sponsorship of the Bridges Festival. As part of our corporate responsibility we like to support the local arts scene and local business.”
Port of Tyne

“We’re big fans of NewcastleGatesheadInitiative here! They’re a fabulous group ofpeople to work with and excellent at what they do. It’s certainly the only group wework with that performs at a national andinternational level to promote the interestsof NewcastleGateshead.

“From our perspective it’s very important that our sector has a voice. The partnership does a fantastic job in attracting visitors to the region, and since shopping is one of the main things people like to do when they visit the area, it makes sense for us to come together and promote what we can offer as a city.”
John Lewis
“A successful, growing professional services firm like ours needs to attract the best people possible, whether that is graduates fresh from university or experienced people from outside the region.

“The other key ingredient is some fantastic companies to work in partnership with.

“NewcastleGateshead Initiative plays a vitally important role in both these areas, promoting the best of Tyneside to the rest of the UK and the wider world and doing a fantastic job in conveying what a great place it is to live and work.

“By attracting talented, ambitious people to the region and encouraging those already here that they can achieve their goals without moving elsewhere, NewcastleGateshead Initiative is making a real difference to the business and professional life of Tyneside.”
Ward Hadaway
“As a small, independent business, we felt that joining NewcastleGateshead Initiative was a great way of gaining support. We have a very small PR and marketing budget, but being part of something larger like NewcastleGateshead Initiative means that we benefit from their national and international marketing campaigns.

“The team there is very good at putting things our way. For example, if there is a subsidised training session coming up, they always inform us and encourage our involvement. There are regular partners’ meetings and these provide an opportunity to find out what’s going on in the region, as well as to meet other partners and share experiences. These meetings have the knock-on effect of allowing you to access local suppliers and being able to put business each other’s way, which has been good commercially, and also made us feel more part of the local business community.”
River Escapes
“We chose to become a partner of NewcastleGateshead Initiative before Rockliffe Hall opened in 2009. Being an independent property, and even though we’re not right on the doorstep, we saw involvement with NewcastleGateshead Initiative as a platform for Rockliffe Hall to gain recognition within the North East business community, and to strengthen our own destination marketing strategy.

“Being a member of NewcastleGateshead Initiative also allows Rockliffe Hall the opportunity to get involved as a partner in the many regional, national and international campaigns that are organised by the team. Two years on, not only are we strong ambassadors of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, but NewcastleGateshead Initiative is very much our ambassador. We have been introduced to many national and international clients directly through our partnership.”
Rockliffe Hall
"In short, NewcastleGateshead Initiative works to attract more visitors, which boosts private sector involvement, which in turn boosts confidence in the region. That is absolutely vital to our business."
Silverlink Holdings Ltd

"I’ve always been proud of my heritage, but the rejuvenation of the region, supported in a large part by NewcastleGateshead Initiative, lets visitors from far and wide see why we have this pride in the area. The organisation has helped to put us on the map, nationally and internationally."
Zodiac Training
"For me, the real highlight is the NewcastleGateshead Initiative staff. They’re an incredibly enthusiastic bunch: very positive, very able, always wanting to shout about the great things on offer in the region. It’s all about getting involved and being part of a really vibrant, forward-looking region"
Hooked-on Group
"Becoming partners has made us feel that the County Hotel is a part of NewcastleGateshead, not just its own business. Through networking events, we have made new business acquaintances across the city. I really enjoy that working relationship; the members of staff are knowledgeable about the area, and also really good at making useful introductions on our behalf. And friendly too!"
County Hotel by Thistle

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