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Business and Networking

Please CLICK HERE to access the August 2016 Clash Diary - The NewcastleGateshead Initiative clash diary is for use by PR and marketing professionals and is intended to be used as a guide when planning your own PR and marketing events. The diary is available to partners only using your NewcastleGateshead login.

Upcoming key regional business events Date Further info

NECC: Chamber Exchange 

This is the Chamber's flagship networking event encouraging an exchange of experiences, ideas and offers between members; intertwined with multiple opportunities to network and build new contacts. Chamber Exchange events will be held the second Thursday of each month across the region. Chamber Exchanges consistently attract around 100 attendees representing members from various sectors and of various sizes.
A round-table networking event with two table changes. The first table 'Sharing a Success' – delegates are encouraged to share a recent business success. The second table 'Discussing a Challenge' – delegates are encouraged to discuss current or recent challenges, how you may have overcome this challenge or if someone is facing a current challenge, those around the table are encouraged to offer advice and guidance. Chamber staff including senior management and partners will lead each table.
This event is kindly sponsored by Acklam Hall

Cost: Free for members

Limited amount of exhibition stands also available at £30.00+VAT, email

This event will be held at:  Acklam Hall, Hall Drive Middlesbrough, TS5 7DY

11th August

11:00am - 14:00pm

Click here to book your place

Service Network: Annual General Meeting

Post–Brexit prospects, potential and problems for regional businesses
What’s the post-Brexit future look like for North East businesses?
Expert in EU and competition law, Neil Warwick of Square One Law, will provide a valuable, fascinating insight into the most topical issue of the year.  Don’t miss it. The event ends with a free networking lunch.
Ticket Price: 
Free to Service Network members, £50 + VAT for non members.
The event will be held at:
RTC North, Loftus House, Colima Avenue, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 3XB
25th August
11:30am - 1:30pm
Click here to book your place
Entrepreneurs Forum - Focus Dinner with Helen McArdle 
Born in County Durham, Helen first recognised her talent for business working in the family grocery store. Never one to sit still, it wasn’t long before her entrepreneurial spirit led her to venture out on her own and open the first Helen McArdle care home in 1989, after refurbishing an old vicarage in West Pelton.
Over 25 years later, Helen McArdle Care is still a family business with 17 care homes providing the highest quality of comfort and service. Employing over 1,150 staff across the North East, with a turnover of almost £32m, the company is now officially the top UK care provider in the country after receiving their 4th CQC “Outstanding” award.
Helen has experienced a great deal across her career, including the sale of the care home business, twice, building over 30 new care homes, providing support to over 4,500 residents and founding Kids 1st Day Nurseries.
Active in the region’s charitable sector, Helen has donated over £2m to local and international charities during the last seven years, including the Tyne & Wear Community Foundation, Percy Hedley Trust, Calvert Trust, Maggie’s, The Prince’s Trust and Build Africa. She was awarded an CBE in 2015 for her services to the care home industry and the local community.
Ticket Price: 
Member £75.00 + VAT
The event will be held at:
Artisan, The Biscuit Factory, 16 Stoddart Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AN

 6th September

18:30pm - 10:00pm

NewcastleGateshead Initiative Partner Meetings

Partner Update Meetings
Open to all Partners (Gold, Silver and Bronze) 
Thursday 03 November 2016, 08:30- 10:30
Venue to be confirmed
Business Leaders’ Briefings
Open to senior contacts within Gold and Silver level partners only 
Thursday 6 October 2016, 08:30-10:30
Centre for Life
Annual General Meeting
Open to all Partners (Gold, Silver and Bronze)
Thursday 1 December 2016, 16:00-19:00
Venue to be confirmed 
Invitations with full venue details will be forwarded in advance of each meeting


For more information please contact Cariad Holmes at

If you would like to host one of our partner events at your venue or hotel, please contact:
Anne Howes, Senior Office Manager, NewcastleGateshead Initiative 
T: +44(0)191 440 5722