About Newcastle Gateshead and North Tyneside

Connection Vouchers are available to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) located in Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside. There are about 20,000 SMEs in this area. The Connection Vouchers represent a great opportunity for suppliers to assist SMEs to improve the speed of their broadband connections.
This paper describes the three areas to help suppliers with their marketing plans. A brief overview of the Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside area is given below followed by more detailed information about business locations in each of the three areas.
Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside – An Overview
Air and Road Links
Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside all benefit from excellent communication links. Newcastle International Airport is only 20 minutes from Newcastle city centre. The airport offers direct flights to over 60 European and 11 worldwide destinations. The Port of Tyne provides excellent handling, logistics and passenger services, while high-speed rail links and the A1 (M) motorway link NewcastleGateshead to most major UK cities.  
The area also has excellent local transport provision. The Tyne and Wear Metro offers considerably shorter journey times than elsewhere in the UK. The Metro is also directly linked to Newcastle International Airport and journey time between Newcastle Central Station and the airport is 20 minutes, one of Europe’s fastest city centre-to-airport links.
There are two leading universities in the area, Newcastle and Northumbria and Durham University is only 15 miles away. The universities work closely with businesses to develop skilled graduates to meet the needs of employers and the area boasts the highest graduate retention rate outside of London.
Newcastle – Business Parks and Industrial Estates
1.0 Introduction
1.1 Newcastle is a modern European city with a strong identity. The population of Newcastle is around 282,000.
2.0 About Newcastle
2.1 Economy
Newcastle’s economic strengths lie in professional services, science and offshore technology.
City centre and other business park developments include Science Central, Newburn Haugh and Great Park. Companies based in or operating from Newcastle include Sage, Greggs and British Airways. The city is also home to around 9,500 SMEs.
3.0 Sectors
Newcastle’s key economic sectors are: 
3.1     Creative and Digital
In Newcastle and neighbouring Gateshead almost 8,000 people are employed by 1,775 creative and digital businesses with an annual turnover (in 2009) of £866m.
In recent years the North East has seen more new technology company start-ups than any area of the UK outside London. The area is rapidly emerging as a hotbed of creative talent, with extensive linkages between innovation centres, business support networks, universities, top quality incubator facilities and an excellent range of high-tech business parks. 
The North East has emerged as one of the world’s leading centres for digital games development and start-ups, with a dynamic cluster of firms and university courses acting as a magnet for entrepreneurs and students.  
3.2     Retail
Newcastle has one of the UK’s strongest retail sectors. Newcastle’s Eldon Square is home to more than 150 high street retailers, while Gateshead’s Metrocentre offers over one million sq. ft. of retail and leisure space. 
3.3     Science and Health
Newcastle is leading the UK in research and development on ageing and health, stem cell and regenerative medicine, and sustainability. 
Science Central (currently under development), Newcastle University’s Campus for Ageing and Vitality and the Centre for Life provide the perfect facilities to develop and test cutting-edge ideas. 
3.4      Marine and Offshore
With its heavy load out facilities at Walker Riverside and strong local supply chain, Newcastle is a leading manufacturing and supply base for the marine and offshore sector. 
The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) in Northumberland and manufacturing hubs at Walker Riverside provide some of the sector’s most advanced development facilities. 
3.5     Tourism and Leisure
Newcastle’s huge range of visitor attractions and year-round events programme make it one of the most vibrant and exciting places in the North of England. Visitors are drawn to galleries, live performances, sporting events, museums, shops, restaurants, hotels and much more. 
3.6     Professional services
The legal firms, accountants, management consultants and marketing specialists located in Newcastle have made the area highly regarded for its knowledge-intensive businesses. 
Major companies like Bond Dickinson, Ward Hadaway, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers are based here. 
4.0 Business Locations
4.1 City Centre
The city centre is home to retail and commercial and professional businesses. The Universities of Northumbria and Newcastle are both located here. The retail outlets in Eldon Square shopping centre and on Northumberland Street include all the well- known high street chains. 
4.2     Science Central
Science Central will provide grade A office space, residential and retail units, leisure and community space, student accommodation and public spaces to boost Newcastle’s status as a Science City. 
4.3     Stephenson Quarter
This major redevelopment includes a 250-bed 4-star hotel, a 60-bed boutique hotel, 35,000 sq m grade A office space, 156 residential apartments and a museum celebrating George Stevenson’s The Rocket. 
4.4     East Pilgrim Street
The redevelopment of this site in Newcastle city centre includes plans for retail, housing, student accommodation, office space and leisure.
4.5      Forth Yard
The 25 ha Forth Yard, home to Metro Radio Arena, offers major opportunities for long-term investment and growth for business premises, housing and hotels. 
4.6      Ouseburn Valley and Spillers Quay
Ouseburn Valley is a hub for Newcastle’s creative industries, while Spillers Quay is surrounded by major development opportunities. 
4.7      Newcastle Great Park NE13 7NT (Project Office)
Newcastle Great Park is an 80ha site offering high-quality office space. It’s already the international headquarters of Sage plc. 
The Park is uniquely placed with excellent transport links via air (one mile from Newcastle International Airport), rail, road and sea. This business park offers flexible, high quality, contemporary commercial space.
A new £1.8 million slip road has been constructed linking NGP exclusively to the A1 and the development benefits from a dedicated bus route linking the NGP Park + Ride facility to the Regent Centre Metro interchange and other destinations in Newcastle City.
4.8     Walker Riverside
The Neptune Energy Park, which benefits from Enterprise Zone status, and the adjacent Offshore Technology Park, offer superb integrated offshore and marine facilities on the North Bank of the Tyne.
4.9 Airport Industrial Estate, Kingston Park, Newcastle NE3 2EF
This is a well-established industrial estate comprising 91 units. The businesses located here occupy small workshops and larger warehouse / factory & manufacturing units. 
4.10 Brough Trading Estate, Brough Park Way, Fossway, Newcastle NE6 2YF
This trading estate is located approximately 2 miles east of Newcastle city centre with premises on this site designed for general and light industrial uses and warehouses.
4.11 Hoults Yard, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2HL
Located close to the Ouseburn Valley, Hoults Yard is a modern and vibrant office and studio complex with 100 businesses and 500 professionals on site. Hoults Yard is home to TV and film producers, artists, PR firms, fashion designers, I Phone app developers as well as more traditional businesses including travel, engineering and manufacturing as well and voluntary sector organisations. http://www.houltsyard.co.uk/about/
4.12 Newburn Haugh Industrial Estate, Newcastle NE15 8SG
This industrial estate is situated 5 miles west from the city centre with a mixture of units in both age and style. 
4.13 Newcastle Business Park, Scotswood Road, Newcastle NE4 7YL
This business park is located to the west of the city centre and within easy reach of Newcastle central station. Employers located here include British Airways, AA Insurance and the government’s Rural Payments Agency along with a range of smaller employers in smaller offices on the river front, including a number of consulting engineers.
5.0 Gateshead 
Gateshead is on Newcastle’s southern border just across the Tyne. The whole of Gateshead is within an approximate 5 mile radius of Newcastle. Gateshead has a population of around 200,000 and is famous for both a rich industrial heritage and a vibrant cultural rebirth. 
Gateshead is home to some 5,065 small businesses and another 6,600 people who are self- employed. Gateshead provides employment to over 90,000 people, 90% of whom work in businesses employing less than 20 people.
The Team Valley and Follingsby are the primary centres for manufacturing industries and distribution services in Gateshead. Businesses are also located in the area around the Metrocentre; in Central Gateshead, including the Gateshead Quays, Baltic Business Quarter and in Gateshead Town Centre and at Birtley.The main employment areas in Gateshead are as follows:

Business Park

Number of businesses

Primary activities

Addison/ Stargate


Manufacturing, Distribution



Manufacturing, Distribution

Metro Riverside/ Dunston


Business Services

East Gateshead


Manufacturing, Distribution



Manufacturing, Distribution

Team Valley


Manufacturing, Distribution



Manufacturing, Distribution



Manufacturing, Distribution



Manufacturing, Distribution



Manufacturing, Distribution

Whickham / Sands


Manufacturing, Distribution

Station Lane, Birtley


Manufacturing, Distribution

Baltic Business Quarter


IT, Business Services


6.0 North Tyneside 
North Tyneside, to the east of Newcastle, provides significant business park accommodation, including Cobalt, one of the biggest business parks outside of London. There is also a vibrant off-shore industry on the north bank of the Tyne which extends from Newcastle into North Tyneside.
North Tyneside also has an international ferry terminal, an active fish quay, and a beautiful coastline that attracts tourism in to the area. The whole of North Tyneside is within an approximate 5 mile radius of the Newcastle City Council boundary.
The population of North Tyneside is approximately 201,400. The area is home to some 8,200 self- employed individuals. North Tyneside provides employment to over 91,100 people. North Tyneside is home to over 50 business sites. Some of the largest and most popular sites include:
6.1 Cobalt Business Park
Cobalt offers more than 2 million square feet of office space, either built or under construction. It is already home to national and global organisations including Proctor and Gamble, Accenture, G4S, Balfour Beatty, Hewlett Packard, EE, Jobcentre plus and Santander. Cobalt is also one of the best-connected and sustainable parks in the UK, located just off the A19 and close to the Tyne Tunnel. The park has an employment catchment of 1.1 million, and once complete, it will employ more than 18,000 people.
6.2 Cobalt Data Centre
The Cobalt data centre campus represents an advanced, energy efficient data centre campus and consists of three separate state-of-the-art facilities, providing 110,480 sq. ft. of net-technical space.
6.3 Quorum Business Park
Quorum is one of the most successful business parks in the country, with 12 companies and 4,000 jobs coming to the park in the last 4 years. Major organisations such as Tesco Bank, Convergys, Fabricom, Ebiquity and insurethebox have all moved to the park, attracted by first class amenities and superb location. The park is situated less than 4 miles from Newcastle City centre.
6.4 Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate
The Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate is a well-established industrial, storage, distribution and office park estate. It also offers 40 acres of development land, offering great opportunities for business. The estate is home to Axis 19 which has an additional 215,000 sq. ft. of space and Intersect 19, a new 300,000 sq. ft. development, offering high bay units for industrial, commercial and distribution needs. Companies housed on the estate include Maersk, SMD, Aqua Tran, Fishers and Bay Plastics.