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Interior of Wildflower cafe. Brightly painted, reclaimed furniture and a small bar next to a blackboard menu.
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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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...
Exterior of the Stephenson Quarter building
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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A small Newcastle crepe company has scooped a prestigious business award.  La Petite Creperie, based in Grainger Market, has clinched first place in the Newcastle Small Business of the Year 2017 competition. Six Newcastle businesses were nominated for the prize as part of the national Small Business 2nd December 2017 initiative....
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The Tyne and Wear Metro is recruiting its next generation of train drivers, who – after completing their training – will earn almost £35,500 a year. You might think that’s a pretty good wage just for driving a train, but drivers will need to cope with unsocial hours, be comfortable...
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Newcastle City Council has announced a plan to kick-start the transformation of the city centre by investing in £3-million-worth of improvements. The council hopes this will result in a centre that is cleaner, healthier and safer, and better suited to the needs of shoppers, visitors and residents. Newcastle City Council 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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The popular Newcastle-based bakers Greggs has teamed up with Gateshead College to launch a nationwide apprenticeship programme. The apprentices will be trained in either retail management or retail services skills.  The bakers chose Gateshead College to help roll out its apprenticeship scheme after a competitive tendering process.  The apprentices following the retail...
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You might soon be able to enjoy a pint while watching a film below Newcastle’s streets in a plush underground cinema.  Everyman Cinemas has plans to open a two-screen venue beneath Newcastle’s Grey Street. The cinema would be in the basement of Earl Grey House, with its entrance behind Costa...
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Newcastle University is to spearhead a project to encourage ‘garage-level’ breakthroughs in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Many of science’s greatest advances have resulted from people tinkering in their garages. The inventor of the telephone Alexander Graham Bell set up a workshop behind his father’s house, and Walt and Roy...

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