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Tuesday, October 17, 2017



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The technology sector in the north east is booming, with high wages, growing companies and massive levels of investment pouring in. That’s the conclusion reached by two recently published reports. The Tech Nation Report 2017, produced by the Tech City UK organisation, has – after assessing the tech sectors in...
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Plans for the next phase of the redevelopment of Stephenson Quarter, in Newcastle city centre – which could lead to the creation of over 800 jobs – have been given the go-ahead. The plans – to build the North East Futures University Technical College (UTC) and a six-storey office block...
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Vodafone has said it plans to create nearly 600 jobs at Convergys contact centre in Stephenson’s Quarter in central Newcastle. This is part of a nationwide expansion by Vodafone, in which it intends to create around 2,100 jobs customer service jobs across Britain during the next two years. Convergys, a subcontractor,...
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An electric vehicle parts manufacturer based in Gateshead has announced expansion plans that will create 200 new jobs. Engineering firm Sevcon will be tripling its workforce and moving to new premises in the Team Valley as it profits from rising demand for low-carbon vehicles worldwide. The new, larger premises will...
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A jobcentre manager from Newcastle has criticised Ken Loach’s popular recent film I, Daniel Blake. Steve McCall, employer relationship manager at Jobcentre Plus in Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, said, “I hope people don’t think the film is a documentary because it’s a story that doesn’t represent the reality...
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A new vegan café, which aims to be a creative hub for Newcastle’s artistic community, has opened on Westgate Road. Wildflower, set up by artist Jessica Salmon and chef Asher Turnbull, specialises in “affordable, seasonal plant-based food”. Dishes on offer include vegan chorizo, bean pasties, and vegan cakes and toasties,...
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Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle City Council, could soon be enjoying a significant pay rise. Newcastle’s Independent Remuneration Panel has proposed an increase that would take Cllr Forbes’s allowance to £36,000 per year. While there are many in the public and private sectors that earn a lot more than...

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