Newcastle NE1 is working internationally to establish strong links and close relationships with bodies from all over the globe in order to learn from each other, and to provide business opportunities.
To this end, NE1 have hosted the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce on several occasions and is working towards establishing a trade mission to the Middle East in 2017. In addition, NE1 is also currently liaising with BIDs in South Africa to explore information exchange and opportunities for international cooperation, as well as visiting Gothenburg at their request.
European BIDs Network
NE1 is a founding member of the European BIDs Network, which is a forum for exchange of information and opportunities for Business Improvement Districts across Europe.
European Cities Forum
The European Cities Forum is an annual event held in Newcastle; a two-day conference which incorporates discussion on key issues facing European cities as well as presentations from distinguished guests and notable figures from across Europe.
In 2015 NE1 hosted the first European Cities Forum with guests from Hamburg after initial discussions illustrated opportunities to generate future commercial relationships.
In 2016 the European Cities Forum was focused on ‘Public Realm as Infrastructure’. Present were guests from Copenhagen and London, as well as prominent business leaders. Also attending was the Chairman of the UK Government’s Beyond Retail Taskforce.