Significant Boost for Northumberland Economy

Significant Boost for Northumberland Economy

A significant boost for the Northumberland economy and for the region if this is British Volt investment is realised. The work being done by Northumberland County Council officers and Advance Northumberland to make it happen is really impressive.

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Northumberland Tourism Opportunities

Northumberland Tourism Opportunities

Message for anybody invvolved in tourism (self catering, B&B’s, guides etc…) from the Northumberland Tourism team – there’s a great new Visit Northumberland web site and free or subsidised promotion packages as lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
 
Businesses urged not to miss out – Visit Northumberland Partnerships
 
Our partnership programme continues to welcome businesses who want to work with us in shaping and developing tourism in the county. Partnerships are still available for 2021 that benefit from the support of the North of Tyne Combined Authority, meaning that businesses can join us as a level 2 partner for FREE. That’s 12 months of ongoing support, promotion and knowledge sharing, for FREE, to help your tourism business thrive as the country looks forward to exiting the current restrictions and visitors can be welcomed again. All our partnerships also include a listing on our brand new website, www.visitnorthumberland.com which went live last week.
 
Whether you are an existing advertiser, or new to our work, get in touch to find out how we can support your business this year. To express an interest and to hear more about the subsidised opportunities currently available, please email us for more information and to arrange a call back at partnership@visitnorthumberland.com
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Major Investment in Blyth Town Centre

Major Investment in Blyth Town Centre

More great news for Northumberland. I’ve just seen the letter from the Secretary of State awarding Northumberland County Council £11.3m to regenerate the centre of Blyth. With the Heritage Action Zone funding already secured for Hexham, investment happening in Ashington & Bedlington, development in Prudhoe and much more besides we are demonstrating commitment to economic regeneration in all of our Northumberland towns.

A major funding bid submitted by Northumberland County Council to transform Blyth town centre has been successful with the Government confirming more than £11m of funding from the Future High Streets Fund (FHSF). The investment has the potential to unlock a total scheme worth £40m that will lead to Blyth benefiting from new cultural, education and leisure facilities which are designed to massively increase town centre footfall and boost the retail sector.

Northumberland County Council Leader, Glen Sanderson added: “Blyth is undoubtedly on the up and the Council has worked with local businesses and residents for some time ahead of securing this FHSF investment. Much of the extra funding that makes up the £40m package will come from the Council which once again demonstrates our commitment not just to Blyth but also to south east Northumberland”

“We are continuing to work on a number of projects including the re-instatement of the Northumberland Rail Line and improvements to the road network that will make a huge difference to the lives of local people.”

Richard Wearmouth, Cabinet Member for Business and Tourism said: “This is a very welcome decision from the Government and provides us with the opportunity to deliver a scheme that will transform Blyth.

“Previous efforts to improve footfall have not been successful as they concentrated almost exclusively on public realm improvements rather than developing attractions that encourage Blyth residents to use their town centre more and other people from surrounding areas to visit.”

“The three-year programme of work will get underway from April next year and is perfectly timed to help Blyth and the surrounding area recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. These are exciting times for Blyth, and along with the excellent team of officers in the Regeneration Directorate, I cannot wait to get started on the implementation phase.”

Proposed projects include a Cultural Hub on the market place and a town centre hotel to cater for the increased demand from those visiting and working in Blyth. An education Energy Institute is also planned which will cement the town’s reputation as a leader in renewables including offshore wind. The town centre will also become a lot greener through the addition of pocket parks and improvements to pedestrian and cycling links.

Broadband Boost for Northumberland

Broadband Boost for Northumberland

Fibre Broadband in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council has welcomed a £7.8million grant to boost digital connectivity in rural communities. This is a project I have been closely involved in and it’s great to see it progressing – it’s not so long ago that word reached from London that our bis was no longer being considered. I lobbied hard to reverse this decision and with great support from Guy Oppermand and Anne-Marie Trevelyan we were eventually successful.

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) made the bid to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for the investment from the Local Full Fibre Networks Programme. The funding will pay for the rollout of gigabit fibre internet connections to public buildings across Northumberland, improving the speed and reliability of digital connectivity to these sites. Some council buildings are already reaping the benefits. Five rural schools in Northumberland have already gained connection to full-fibre internet, that boasts download speeds of up to 1000 Mb/s. Bringing the very best fibre techonology to these locations also brings access to the fastest broadband to local residents and businesses – we expect 6,400 to have access via this scheme.

https://www.newspostleader.co.uk/news/people/boost-internet-speeds-northumberland-3062799?fbclid=IwAR2ATSJf0pKvaD9p1bi4BkRiTOaN8sU-j8Hj7Ci5U2cdlIvCvYgBCkjN9ew

 

Tynedale Jobs Fair

Tynedale Jobs Fair

Looking for a new challenge? Many of the region’s top employers will at the Tynedale Jobs Fair this Friday from 10am until 3pm at the Wentworth Leisure Centre in Hexham. Organised by Guy Opperman MP and with over 70 employers attending it’s a great opportunity to explore some great employment opportunities.

There’s no need to book and there’s plenty of parking in the Wentworth Car Park. If your going by public transport the train station is just across the road and there’s lot’s of buses into the centre of Hexham including 10, 85, 685 and X85.