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Development opportunities for businesses in Newcastle and the surrounding area have never looked more exciting.

The area is developing a diverse knowledge-driven economy, with Newcastle and Gateshead excelling in the following key sectors; offshore and subsea, creative and digital and the sciences, including life science and sustainability.

The city and wider region also has strengths in a number of other sectors including; automotive and engineering, professional services, tourism and leisure & retail.

Medicine, science, civil engineering and shipbuilding are part of the fabric interwoven into the local labour force and these skills and traditions will drive the growth of a new generation of knowledge-based and low-carbon industries.

Newcastle is designated as one of six UK cities of science in recognition of its world-class strengths, notably in the fields of healthy ageing, medical science and sustainability.

The Newcastle Science City initiative, led by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University, aims to ensure the city realises the full economic impact of its science-based industries, building on our global reputation as a city of science, particularly in the fields mentioned above.

We work with investors, businesses, communities, schools, entrepreneurs and academics to help everyone in this city to benefit from our world-class science. Our ultimate aim is to make people’s lives healthier, longer and more prosperous.

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