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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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Hopes of reopening Elswick Pool received a boost this week. Despite being at the heart of the local community, the pool closed on 31st October 2015. But now Newcastle City Council have announced they will hand over the pool’s lease to the Elswick Community Pool...
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Newcastle is preparing to welcome members of a rare bird species to the centre of the city for their nesting season. Each spring, hundreds of kittiwakes – a type of black-legged gull – arrive to nest around the River Tyne. The birds take up residence on structures like...
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While some folks might be jetting off abroad this bank holiday weekend to catch a bit of sun, what are the prospects for those staying in the north east?  Though predicting the weather is far from an exact science, the forecasts are saying that we’re likely to have quite a...
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A scheme is being launched on the Tyne-and-Wear Metro to make it easier for expecting mothers to get a seat. Free badges will be given out to pregnant women to wear on public transport. The badges will make clear that the women are expecting a baby so other Metro users...
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Newcastle University has drawn up plans to tackle anti-social behaviour by the city’s students after a recent increase in police callouts to raucous house parties.  The plan involves printing postcards which will be delivered to student houses or handed out by university tutors. The postcards will make clear the impact...
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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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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The Mariana snailfish doesn’t look like the sort of monsters you would imagine inhabit the ocean’s extreme depths. A slender, almost cute-looking fish, the snailfish – discovered in 2017 by scientists from Newcastle University and the University of Washington – can somehow withstand water pressure equivalent to an elephant standing...
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The policy of allowing environmentally friendly electric cars to park for free in Newcastle City Council carparks is to end this October. Currently, electric or hybrid vehicles can park free of charge in any council car parks that are fitted with charging points. Motorists who own such cars have pointed...

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