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Business and Networking

Please CLICK HERE to access the February 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 Exchange 

This is NECC's flagship networking event encouraging an exchange of experiences, ideas and offers between members; intertwined with multiple opportunities to network and build new contacts.
A round-table networking event with three 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. The third table is a 60 second pitch about your business. The event host will take you through the event with NECC staff and partners leading each table to ensure you feel relaxed, yet guided through the experience.
Event sponsored by Village Hotel

This event will be held at:

Village Hotel, newcastle upon Tyne, NE27 0BY 

 11th February

11.00pm - 14.00pm

Click here to book your free place

Service Network, The Enery Debate: What Does the Future Hold?

Amid an unpredictable oil and gas market and uncertainty over renewable subsidies, what does the future hold for the energy sector in the North East?
Together with their partners Brewin Dolphin, KPMG, NOF Energy and Tees Valley Unlimited Service Network is hosting a panel debate to discuss the opportunities for the region.
Lord Hutton, Chair of the Nuclear Industry Association and former Secretary of State for Business will lead the debate.
The panel will consist of regional industry experts and the discussion will focus on the outlook for the market and the opportunities for the regional supply chain, which include areas such as; North Sea decommissioning, nuclear and shale gas.

Cost: Free but limited places available.

This event will be held at:

Wynyard Hall (Grand Marquee), Wynyard, Billingham, Cleveland, TS22 5NF

11th February

8:00am -10:30am

To book your place email

Entrepreneurs Forum Round Table: Business Growth and Scaling Up 

The next in their popular series of round table debates takes place on Thursday 4th February on the subject of ‘Business Growth & Scaling Up’.
Our chaired round table discussions are a great way to meet like-minded entrepreneurs, learn more about a subject and share your knowledge and expertise.
Our debates are shaped by your experiences, so come along and get involved.
This event is free for entrepreneur members, however you must register to secure a place.
Please note, these round table debates are intended for business leaders and due to limited capacity guest/replacement places are not available.

The event will be held at:

PwC Office, Central Square South, Orchard Street, Newcastle

 4th February

14:00pm - 16:30pm

Register online, call the Forum team on 0191 500 7782 or email Michael Dixon

NewcastleGateshead Initiative Partner Update Meetings

Partner Update Meetings
Open to all Partners (Gold, Silver and Bronze) 
Thursday 25 February 2016 08:30-10:30
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
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