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Business and Networking

Please CLICK HERE to access the April 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: CSR: Exploring Delivering Social Value through Responsible Business Practices 

NECC are holding this special event in association with Hodgson Sayers, exploring the benefits of CSR engagement to businesses of all sizes and sectors featuring case studies from businesses of different sizes and a panel discussion.
This event is for NECC members of all sizes interested in how engaging in real corporate and social responsibility activity can benefit their business. NECC events are attended by a variety of businesses of all sectors and sizes and are a great opportunity to network and make new contacts.
08:00 Arrival and Breakfast
08:30 Welcome from NECC – James Ramsbotham, NECC CEO
08:45 The Hodgson Sayers Story
09:00 Being a Socially Responsible Business – Louise Hunter, Corporate Affairs Director, Northumbrian Water Ltd
09:15 The Impact of CSR on your Workforce – Tony Slimmings, Director, Prismatic Thinking
09:30 Panel Debate and Discussion
Donation Presentation by Hodgson Sayers
10:15 Close

This event will be held at:

Hodgson Sayers, Stanley, DH9 9NX

 28th April 

08:00am - 10.15am

Click here to book your place

Service Network - Successful Negotiation: Thinking Win-Win
Can everything be negotiated? Service Network like to take a more positive approach to negotiation than Mick and Keith’s lyric from back in the 1960’s.  Then again, Win-Win Negotiation did not come into its own until the 1980’s.  The key to building successful, long-lasting business relationships is a focus on win-win outcomes.
During this engaging session delivered by Richard Lane, Managing Partner at performance specialists, durhamlane, you will prepare for your next negotiation opportunity using our win-win mindset.
Richard will explain the power of research, will help to analyse where the power lies and estimate and validate what’s really important.
Attendees will leave this workshop with a completed, working copy of Value-Based Negotiation worksheet that will help to secure future contracts at various levels.

Cost: Free to Service Network members, £50 + VAT to non members

This event will be held at:

Northumbrian Water, Boldon House, Wheatlands Way, Pity Me, Durham DH1 5FA

21st April 

8:30am -12:00pm

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Entrepreneurs Forum - Focus Dinner with Mark Squires, Benfield Motor Group
A man of many talents, Mark Squires is not only a highly acclaimed advertising executive, but also an accomplished musician and leader of one of the North East’s most successful family owned businesses.
Founded almost 60 years ago by his grandfather, Benfield Motor Group was one of the largest and most well recognised privately owned companies in the UK motor trade until its recent £87.5m acquisition by Lookers Plc.
Having worked on advertising campaigns for some of the world’s biggest companies including IBM, Swiss Air, and Johnnie Walker, Mark studied at one of the top US Business schools before returning to the North East as Benfield’s operations director in 1992, before taking over as chief executive, a position he held for 15 years.
Moving briefly into the role of executive chairman, he later returned to the helm as chief executive in 2013 to continue driving Benfield’s growth; which employed over 1,600 people and prided itself on outstanding customer service and a highly engaging company culture.
With headquarters in Newcastle and 38 dealerships across the North East, Yorkshire, Cumbria and South West Scotland, Mark has seen his focus on customer experience pay off. With sales reaching nearly £750m, 2015 was also the year Benfield broke into the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100 as the North East’s largest private company and was recognised as the industry’s Motor Dealer Group of the Year.
The event will be held at:
Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne 
Ticket Price: 
Member £75.00 + VAT

 19th April 

19:00pm - 22:00pm

NewcastleGateshead Initiative Partner Update Meetings

Partner Update Meetings
Open to all Partners (Gold, Silver and Bronze) 
Thursday 9 June 2016, 08:30-10:30 
Venue to be confirmed
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 21 April 2016, 08:30-10:30
Laing Art Gallery
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