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Nine new signings for NewcastleGateshead Initiative Membership

23rd February 2011

Categories: Convention Bureau News

The latest city-centre accommodation provider, Euro Hostel, is one of nine new organisations to join forces with NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

Opening at the end of March in Newcastle’s Carliol Street, Euro Hostel, is one of a number of new hotels and hostels due to open in NewcastleGateshead this year.

The bespoke hostel was keen to work with NewcastleGateshead Initiative and has also been joined by Quorum Development Partners; Brewin Dolphin; Namco Funscape in the MetroCentre and Gosforth-based Travel Bureau, Nova International, who organise the Great North Run; Holiday Inn Express Newcastle MetroCentre, as well as national conference organisers Meeting Makers Ltd and TFI Meeting Point, bringing the total number of members to more than 165.

Steve Mackenzie, Managing Director of Euro Hostel, Newcastle said: “From the moment we decided to open a property in Newcastle we have been working with NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

“The organisation’s proactive attitude and the personal touch we have received has been nothing short of superb, so becoming a member was an easy decision. The fantastic team at NewcastleGateshead Initiative has helped us to promote what we offer, and we in turn hope that we can help them put the destination firmly on the visitor map.”

As ambassadors for the area the new members will work in partnership with NewcastleGateshead Initiative, to continue to change outdated perceptions and help to develop NewcastleGateshead as a world-class destination.

They join a diverse mix of organisations already working with NewcastleGateshead Initiative, ranging from popular attractions such as BALTIC – Centre for Contemporary Art;  international shipping company DFDS Seaways Ltd and major North East sporting teams such as the Newcastle Falcons and Durham County Cricket Club.

Celebrating its 10th year earlier this year NewcastleGateshead Intiative also provides its members with a wide range of business benefits including PR and marketing support, high level networking and exclusive invitations to corporate events.

Quorum Business Park in Newcastle, being developed by Quorum Development Partners, said they were delighted to be working with such “an important asset to the region.”

Fergus Trim, Director of Quorum Business Park, said: “The work NewcastleGateshead Initiative do with private sector companies is vital to the North East’s business success and in promoting the region to the rest of the UK. The inspiring cultural campaigns they have held over the last ten years have certainly helped put NewcastleGateshead on the map, and I am delighted that Quorum Business Park is now part of this organisation.”

Newcastle-based investment management firm Brewin Dolphin was also keen to join forces with NewcastleGateshead Initiative to further promote their services.

John Duns, Divisional Director – Business Development & Marketing at Brewin Dolphin said: “We are delighted to be members of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, we can trace our heritage back to 1903 in Newcastle, and are proud to support an organisation that has such an impact in the region.”

Sarah Stewart, interim chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “NewcastleGateshead Initiative is delighted to welcome such high profile names as members, in this our 10th year.

“Our members are key to the continued success of the agency and the destination, and share its aspirations and vision for the area.

“As we look with confidence to the future these new members will help to further strengthen NewcastleGateshead’s offer as a great place to live, learn, work and visit. We look forward to working in partnership with all our members to continue to spread the word about this fantastic destination.” 

To find out more about becoming a member of NewcastleGateshead Initiative and the many networking and exciting partnership opportunities, please contact Cariad Roberts on 0191 440 5724 or by email at .


PR Contact: Hayley Quarmby, Media and PR Manager, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, 0191 440 5741, or Shelley Staines, Media and PR Manager – Destination and Business, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, 0191 440 5739,





Newcastle Gateshead Initiative is a destination marketing agency; a public-private partnership supported by Gateshead and Newcastle City Councils, working with around 165 private sector member organisations across NewcastleGateshead and the wider region.

Everything NewcastleGateshead Initiative does aims to promote NewcastleGateshead as a world-class destination, through targeted marketing and PR campaigns regionally, nationally and internationally and through the work of its highly successful cultural programming team and convention bureau.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative is supported by an advisory board offering expertise from a range of sectors and professions. We also work with a wide range of partners, stakeholders, businesses and members who all share our ambition to promote NewcastleGateshead as a world-class place in which to live, learn, work, and visit.

Background information on New Members:

Quorum Business Partners, Newcastle, Quorum Business Park on Benton Lane in Newcastle is being developed by Quorum Development Partners, a joint venture between Tritax and Grantside.Quorum is currently the largest speculative business park development in the country, with over 200,000 sq ft of high specification office space currently under construction.The scheme when complete in 2012 will include a retail parade of shops and restaurant to compliment its nursery, three tennis courts, 7-a-side football pitch, boules court, BBQ area, 500 new trees, wildlife corridor, formal piazzas, water features, sculptures and public art.

Brewin Dolphin, Newcastle, At Brewin Dolphin Newcastle we have developed an integrated service which combines investment management, financial planning and pensions expertise, providing wide ranging services and advice for our private and corporate clients.We work closely with our clients, providing fresh investment ideas to help protect and grow their wealth.Our service is shaped by our knowledge of industry trends locally and globally, and we have the agility to adapt to today’s fast-changing markets.As a Brewin Dolphin client, you also have the reassurance that comes from our position as one of the largest independent private client investment managers in the UK.

Euro Hostel, Carliol Square, NewcastleThe company’s strapline is: “budget stay – your way”. With prices starting from £16 PPPN (inc breakfast) Euro Hostel is a high-spec hostel, with bespoke beds, en-suite facilities throughout, and stylishly designed bedrooms for 1-10 persons. The Hostel opens in March 2011 and will add to the already strong accommodation offer of the city for both leisure and business visitors. The property will particularly benefit the conference and events industry in the destination, adding another option to accommodate a large number of delegates for a range of national and international conferences.  

Meeting Makers Ltd, Glasgow One of the UK's leading professional Conference, Exhibition and Association Management companies based in Glasgow. Meeting Makers has provided Conference, Exhibition, Corporate Events and Association Management services to international and national Associations, Government and Corporate clients since 1987. They have joined NewcastleGatesehad Convention Bureau as they are keen to extend those services to clients choosing to bring their events to NewcastleGateshead.

Namco Funscape, Metrocentre Qube, Gateshead, Namco is one of the Metrocentre’s main leisure facilities, offering fun for kids and adults. Their main activity is Bowling, where Namco are particularly interested in profiling their facilities for corporate team building events, they are able to brand lanes in the VIP section and have catering and drinks facilities to hand

TFI Meeting  Point, London, TFI Meeting Point offers a full Professional Conference Organiser service, managing conferences, congresses, awards events and road shows for national and international associations, Government agencies and trade organisations from tens to thousands of delegates. As a popular destination for association conferences, TFI Meeting points experience in this sector will benefit the thousands of national and international association delegates who come to NewcastleGateshead each year, as well as those who visit for a range of other meetings and events.

Travel Bureau, Gosforth, Newcastle, The Travel Bureau is one of NewcastleGateshead’s leading travel agents specialising in Australia, New Zealand and North America. They also have a corporate travel arm to the business and are looking to extend their business working with inbound clients. They offer a full corporate travel management service tailoring travel arrangements to suite the client.

Nova International, Organisers of the Bupa Great North run series of events, including the premier event the Great North Run held every year in NewcastleGateshead in September.  The event started with just 5,000 runners and now has in excess of 54,000 runners making it the world’s most popular half-marathon.

Holiday Inn Express Newcastle MetroCentre, This 134-bedroom hotel is ideally placed for visitors to the area. Situated right next to the MetroCentre, Europe’s largest shopping centre. The hotel, on the banks of the River Tyne is also only 10 minutes drive from the heart of NewcastleGateshead and its restaurants, bars and shops.

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