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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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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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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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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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Would you prefer your child’s teacher to say ‘bus’ or ‘baars’? How about ‘laugh’ or ‘laargh’? Research by Dr Alex Baratta at the University of Manchester suggests that trainee teachers are often asked to tone down their northern or midlands accents in the classroom. Dr Baratta found that many trainees had...
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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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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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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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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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A socially and environmentally conscious brewery – run by Newcastle University students – has won a prestigious award. Stu Brew, a microbrewery which draws on the expertise of the university’s chemical engineering department, recently won silver in the sustainability category in the Reimagine Awards in the USA. Stu Brew, which is...
60% of North East Businesses Dissatisfied with North East's Infrastructure
A report by the employers’ organisation the CBI has found that 60% of the north east’s businesses feel the region’s infrastructure is in need of improvement. The same report claims, however, that if the local infrastructure was boosted, it could benefit the north east’s economy by £5.5 billion a...

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