UK Business Opportunities

By: Jenny Simpson

Companies are often looking for opportunities to develop their business further. In any business area it is important that you have the right human resources and the strategic backing of the people within the region you are moving into.

More than 330,000 new companies are registered in the UK every year, and they join over two million existing businesses of many different sizes. Every year hundreds of firms, from high-tech start-ups to global brand leading businesses, receive substantial advice and support in locating to the UK.

Transport

There is frequent and easy access to the rest of the UK, Europe and worldwide from North East England. The region is served well by rail, air, road and sea transport links.

London is 274 miles from Newcastle by road, three hours or less by high-speed rail, and 50 minutes by air, making it ideal for connections.

Life style

North East England is one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. It has a quality of life that is second to none, while being one of the least expensive areas to live.

The region enjoys striking contrasts between its peaceful attractive countryside and breathtaking mountain and moorland scenery as well as its unspoilt coastline.

Parallel to this is the vibrant and increasingly cosmopolitan cultural life of its cities and large towns.

A 122-kilometre stretch of the North Sea coast has been officially recognised as a Heritage Coast. Part of this is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Access to large water reserves - including Kielder which is the largest man-made reservoir in Europe - and renewable, sustainable sources of power will ensure the region’s high quality of life and growth is maintained.

Culture

The region abounds with some of the finest culture and heritage to be found anywhere.

There are two World Heritage Sites in theNorth East – Durham Cathedral and Castle, and Hadrian’s Wall - as well as 22 medieval castles and a host of world-class museums.

Holy Island was one of the cradles of Christianity in Northern Europe during the seventh century. The ruins of Lindisfarne Priory can still be seen on the island off the Northumberland coast.

The iconic Sage Gateshead building is one of the finest music and conference centres in the world. This is located on the famous Newcastle Gateshead Quayside, close to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the award-winning ‘Blinking Eye’ Millennium Bridge.

The world’s first passenger railway was created in North East England and ran between Stockton and Darlington. The locomotive for this was built by locally born George Stephenson.

Furthermore, North East England is a region that knows how to relax and have fun, with Newcastle having a worldwide reputation for its lively nightlife.

A range of musical and folk festivals are held in various parts of the region throughout the year. One of the most colourful is Stockton Riverside Festival in Tees Valley, which attracts performers and visitors from both home and overseas.

?An excellent quality of life for? business people, excellent transport links and expertise and support organisations place North East England in a unique position to support companies in the commercialisation of new .?

Coupled with a fantastic array of culture and ease of access – do you think it could be worth looking at North East England for? ?

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