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NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau
NewcastleGateshead, in North East England, was crowned the top place in the world to visit in 2018 by Rough Guides, citing the Great Exhibition of the North, a burgeoning restaurant scene, fantastic museums and the famously friendly welcome as reasons to visit.

You couldn't pick a more exciting time to bring an event here, we will host the Great Exhibition of the North 2018 (22 June - 9 September) which is set to be the biggest event in England this year, with a summer of amazing exhibits, inspired technology, cutting-edge culture and magical experiences.

Newcastle and Gateshead offers:
- Outstanding collections of venues for up to 1,700 people
- 7,500 city centre bedrooms all within 20-minute walk of major venues
- Newcastle International Airport, situated 15 minutes from the centre, connects to 80 destinations worldwide
- Located on the main train line with 40 trains per day from London arriving in under 3 hours and Edinburgh just 1.5 hours away
- Compact city centre
- World leading research & business strengths in medical sciences & sustainability; tech & digital; business & professional services; and offshore & marine
- Fantastic value for money
- Easy access to amazing stately homes, coast and castle - including UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Alnwick Castle, the set of Hogwarts in Harry Potter.
- 2018 M&IT silver award winning bureau, voted for by conference organisers, on hand to help free of charge

Start the conversation with us today on stand F340.
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9th Floor, Baltic Place East South Shore Rd Gateshead NE8 3AE
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Meet NewcastleGateshead – new publication showcases knowledge economy strengths and gets to the heart of what makes destination so special for events

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau has recently launched a new publication aimed at promoting its knowledge economy strengths as well as being a guide for people organising conferences and events in the North East of England.

Meet NewcastleGateshead is a collection of feature-driven articles promoting the research, business and sector strengths of the region. It introduces readers to key North East figures, featuring interviews with leaders from the world of business, academia, culture and sport – as well as some famous faces – to help get to the heart of what makes Newcastle, Gateshead and North East England a relevant and important place.

As well as a welcome provided by famous Geordies Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (Ant and Dec), who explain why they are so proud to be from Newcastle, TV presenter Alexander Armstrong shares his view on the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of the region and Alan Shearer talks about the city as the perfect stage for major international sporting events.

The guide also introduces readers to the Duchess of Northumberland, the Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University and other local business leaders. It also features some of the stars of the events industry – those who work hard behind the scenes every day to make conferences and events in NewcastleGateshead run seamlessly.

Paul Szomoru, Head of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “I believe Meet NewcastleGateshead is a first in this industry – a quality magazine-style publication that makes a really interesting read and shares many of the life-changing innovations happening here that many people may not know about yet.

“Securing interviews with some well-known celebrities from the region including Ant and Dec, Alexander Armstrong and Alan Shearer, as well as many other influential figures, has helped us to tell our story of why NewcastleGateshead is a relevant, vibrant place that organisers should consider for hosting their next event.

“It’s an evolution from our conference and events guide. It still showcases all our fantastic hotels, venues and support service providers so that readers can use it as an invaluable reference tool to help them bring an event to the region. But we wanted a piece of print that really introduces people to our city and region and tells you about some of the amazing things happening here today, one of the examples being the interview with Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones of Newcastle City Futures who explains what it means for Newcastle to be a smart and sustainable city”.

Key business figures are also interviewed in the guide, including Rob Charlton of Space Group, who talks about the digital and tech sector and the Building Information Modelling (BIM) revolution that is happening in NewcastleGateshead, Ryder Architecture's Paul Bell who discusses the ambitious plans for Hyperloop One, which mean the whole of the North of England and Scotland could be connected in under 47 minutes, and Virgin Money's Jayne-Anne Gadhia who shares her thoughts about NewcastleGateshead as a great place to do business.

The team at North East Times, a quality monthly publication that provides a voice for those shaping the North East economy, was behind the design and editorial content of the publication.

John Duns, Director of North East Times, said: “Our team is both delighted and proud to have worked with NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau on this prestigious publication.

“As an independently-owned North East-based business, it’s particularly pleasing to be involved in an initiative which promotes our fantastic region nationally and internationally.”

Paul Szomoru adds: “Working collaboratively with North East Times on this new publication allowed us to take a fresh approach to a traditional venue guide, bringing readers some brilliant editorial content and a new contemporary design. We were so pleased with how this new partnership worked – the team were fantastic to work alongside and we couldn’t be happier with the finished outcome.”

Pick up your copy of the new Conferences, Events and Accommodation Guide to NewcastleGateshead on the England Pavilion stand at IMEX (stand F340) or contact NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau T: +44 (0)191 440 5757 E:

For media enquiries contact:
Deb Bell
Marketing and Communications Manager
T: +44 (0)191 440 5745
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10th April 2018

Great Exhibition of the North Programme Revealed

The 80-day Exhibition, which takes place between 22 June – 09 September 2018 across NewcastleGateshead, celebrates great art and culture, design and innovation from across the North

A Great Northern Soundtrack curated by broadcaster, Lauren Laverne; the return of Stephenson’s Rocket, complete with virtual reality experience; and a new solo exhibition from Turner Prize 2017 winner, Lubaina Himid, are just some of the highlights of Great Exhibition of the North, which has unveiled its 80-day programme.

Millions of people will get the chance to see the best in Northern creativity from pop art pioneer Richard Hamilton to world-renowned sculptor Antony Gormley; live performances from artists such as Roisin Murphy and Kaiser Chiefs; the original character models of Postman Pat; the story of Graphene told through next generation lighting to the world’s most high-tech little black dress and much, much more.

The Exhibition will be the biggest event in England this year. It is free to attend and will tell the inspiring story of the North of England and how its innovators, businesses, artists and designers have shaped our present and are inspiring our future. Hosted in NewcastleGateshead, on behalf of Northern England, the event is expected to reach an audience of three million people, including more than one million visitors from across the UK and overseas.

The presence of the Great Exhibition of the North means that there’s never been a more exciting time to host a conference or event in NewcastleGateshead, with the city set to be the stage for the iconic event.

Paul Szomoru, Head of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “Great Exhibition of the North – the first and only event of its kind – offers the perfect incentive for organisers to bring their event to NewcastleGateshead this summer. Not only is the destination going to be buzzing with a vibrant and eclectic atmosphere that will make an exciting backdrop for any event, but it also allows organisers to align their conference within the themes of art and culture, design or innovation, incorporating relevant elements of the Exhibition into their own event programme.

“In addition, we always talk about the unique delegate experiences on offer here and this gives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for delegates to enjoy a dazzling experience they won’t forget.”

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said: “The North is a hotbed of creativity, with a proud history of innovators, businesses and artists that have shaped how we live today. Not only will the Exhibition showcase this incredible diversity, it will also boost tourism and deliver growth to the region. It will celebrate what makes the North such a fantastic place to live, visit, and invest in.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chairman of Great Exhibition of the North, said: “As well as being a showcase for some of the best creative and inspiring talent from the North of England, our diverse programme tells a pioneering story and one that will help change the way the world views the North. Whether you have a love of arts and design, cutting-edge culture, history and innovation, inspired technology or vibrant street performance – there is something in this programme to intrigue and excite those of all ages and from all backgrounds.”

Visitors will begin their journey at one of three iconic venues – Great North Museum, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Sage Gateshead – before joining three interconnected trails through 30 world-class venues and public spaces on either side of the River Tyne that celebrate the North’s achievements in art and culture, design, and innovation.

The Great North Museum will open its doors with ‘Which Way North’, a visual experience which introduces the wider Exhibition and a display of iconic Northern objects.

BALTIC will display artist Ryan Gander’s pared down sculptures depicting objects that symbolise innovation born in the North of England; commissions from artists such as Jane and Louise Wilson, Michael Dean and Tim Etchells; and a maquette of Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North.

Sage Gateshead will curate a great Northern summer of music, filled with concerts, festivals and family activity featuring cutting-edge artists such as Nightmares on Wax and classical concerts from Royal Northern Sinfonia.

The Great Exhibition of the North is backed by over £5 million of Government funding and is an example of how the Industrial Strategy is helping to drive growth across the region and promote the innovative businesses and economy of the Northern Powerhouse.

The Exhibition will open on 22 June and will run under the headline theme ‘Get North’. As part of the opening event, visitors will experience the UK’s largest water sculpture from the Quayside, a brand new film about a journey across the North of England, performances from Kaiser Chiefs and a live presentation by Lemn Sissay of his newly created anthem for the North. The inaugural evening will also bring together art, design, culture and innovation and will reveal content that will be present throughout the 80-day exhibition.

On 9 September, the world’s largest half marathon, the Great North Run, will form the centrepiece of the closing weekend.

Alongside the programme, other elements include entertaining and informative activities for families and a Business Summit to celebrate Northern innovation.

The Great Exhibition of the North is expected to bring a £184 million boost to the North East, showing how cultural investment can benefit and inspire entire communities.

Details of the Great Exhibition of the North programme can be found here:

Deb Bell
Marketing & Communications Manager
T: +44 (0)191 440 5745
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10th April 2018

The UK’s leading scientific meeting about obesity comes to NewcastleGateshead for 2018 event

The Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) has confirmed that NewcastleGateshead will be the host destination for its 5th UK Congress on Obesity (UKCO), adding to the destination’s stellar reputation for hosting high-profile medical conferences.

Over 200 of the UK’s leading obesity researchers, clinicians, health care professionals and academics from around the country will travel to the event, which will take place at Newcastle University’s Armstrong Building on 6 – 7 September, to hear the latest research on the prevention and treatment of obesity through the life course, from preconception to pension.

As well a line-up of renowned national and international speakers, the conference will be a platform for local expert speakers from Newcastle University. Key note speakers – including Newcastle University’s Professor Ashley Adamson, Director of the government-funded National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Dr Joao Breda of the World Health Organisation and Dr Alison Tedstone of Public Health England amongst others – will address the issues of obesity and cancer, periconception nutrition, public health and national and European perspectives on obesity throughout the life course.

Conference symposiums will also cover the topics of reproduction and intergeneration, obesity and age-related disease, molecular aspects of obesity, bariatric surgery and food insecurity and obesity.

Paul Szomoru, Head of Business Events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “As a city with a proud history in medical sciences and a top medical school at Newcastle University which leads in many areas of medical research, Newcastle makes a perfect setting for the 5th UK Congress on Obesity later this year. We’re delighted to welcome the exciting line up of speakers and delegates who are coming here to discuss this important subject, which presents such a big challenge for us in the western world, and we look forward to showing them some of the life-changing work that’s happening here in our city.

“The local organising committee is determined to maximise the impact of this event and the legacy opportunities, so we are very pleased that they’ll be engaging with the local population with a free public event to discuss obesity pre-conference.

“What’s more, the conference couldn’t be happening at a more exciting time as it will take place during the Great Exhibition of the North, England’s biggest event for 2018, so attending delegates are sure to enjoy a fantastic experience when here.”

Newcastle University is home to numerous researchers whose work is dedicated to understanding obesity and preventing and tackling this important health issue, several of whom are speakers at the conference. These include Professor Ashley Adamson who leads research on understanding the development of childhood obesity and identifying strategies for its prevention, Professor Roy Taylor who has expertise in clinical diabetes and metabolism and Professor John Mathers who leads on work on nutrition and ageing and exploring adult obesity.

Dr Nicola Heslehurst, Chair of the UKCO Local Organising Committee and ASO Trustee said: “Newcastle University is a world-class civic university and our research addresses the most pressing issues in society. Globally and locally, obesity is one of the greatest health challenges we face. Hosting UKCO is an opportunity to bring together local, UK and international experts to share important research, in a city renowned for its hospitality.”

Dr Simon Williams, UK ASO Chair, said “This will be the 5th annual UK Congress on Obesity and we are delighted that Newcastle will be playing host to this very important meeting. I am certain that delegates will enjoy the Congress and the experience of visiting such a great city.”

A welcome drinks reception at the recently-renovated Boiler House on the university campus will be hosted by Professor Chris Day, Vice Chancellor and President of Newcastle University. Winners of the obesity Best Practice Award, New to Research Best Abstract Award, Best Poster Award and Fuse Best Abstract in Public Health Award will also be announced during the conference.

In addition to the main conference programme, delegates will be invited to attend a free pre-conference symposium on 5 September delivered by Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health on the topic of ‘translation of obesity research into practice’. There will also be a free workshop for early career researchers to develop their career in obesity. Furthermore, an event on 4 September will provide an opportunity for members of the public to listen to experts, ask questions and discuss the topic of obesity.

Five delegates of the conference will also gain the opportunity to participate in the North East’s iconic half-marathon, Great North Run, on behalf of the ASO.

Founded in 1967, the ASO has become the UK’s foremost charitable organisation dedicated to the understanding, prevention and treatment of obesity. The UK ASO aims to develop an understanding of obesity through the pursuit of excellence in research and education, the facilitation of contact between individuals and organisations and the promotion of action to prevent and treat obesity. The UK ASO is the UK affiliate of the European ASO and World Obesity Federation.

For media enquiries contact:
Deb Bell
Marketing and Communications Manager
T: +44 (0)191 440 5745
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10th April 2018


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