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Newcastle recruits local heroes for new guide for organisers

Ant and Dec, Alan Shearer and Alexander Armstrong have contributed to new publication Meet NewcastleGateshead

Pictured: Ant and Dec and Alan Shearer have joined forces to help boost Meet NewcastleGateshead

NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau has recruited a band of local heroes for its new guide for organisers.

Ant and Dec, Alan Shearer and Alexander Armstrong have contributed to Meet NewcastleGateshead, a new publication aimed at promoting the North East’s knowledge economy strengths and a guide for people organising conferences and events in the region. 

TV presenters Ant and Dec provide a welcome to the guide and explain why they are so proud to be from Newcastle, Pointless host 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.

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 has helped us to tell our story of why NewcastleGateshead is a relevant, vibrant place that organisers should consider for hosting their next event.”

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. 

“It’s an evolution from our conference and events guide”, added Szomoru. “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.

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