North East small business round up

North East small business round up

A round up of business news from around the North East.

Restaurant week returns to Newcastle

The popular NE1 Newcastle Restaurant Week is set to make a comeback next month.  From January 16-22, NE1 will be hosting its 13th Newcastle Restaurant Week and will celebrate a major milestone in the event’s six-year history as it welcomes over 100 restaurants to take part.

The rising number of participants mirrors the growth of the city’s restaurant scene, with 24 new restaurants in Eldon Square Grey’s Quarter alone. Newcastle currently offers more restaurants per square foot than any other Northern city.


Poetic License gets in the festive spirit

Poetic License Independent Small Batch Distillery have introduced a new seasonal spirit to their range.

Fireside Gin is the distillery’s limited edition gin available for autumn/ winter 2016-2017. It is Poetic License’s second seasonal product, launched after the success of Picnic Gin, a strawberries and cream flavoured gin available throughout the summer of 2016.

The new winter gin has flavours of mulled winter fruit - clementine, cranberries and the mulling spice blend of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg – which produce a warming flavour reminiscent of much-loved festive treats.


Isos Housing developing 120 new homes

More than £12m is being invested in North Tyneside by affordable housing provider Isos Housing as it delivers homes on a collection of key sites across the borough.

The Newcastle-based not-for-profit company is developing a total of 120 new homes on seven different sites, with more projects being considered for 2017.

Development and regeneration manager Lea Smith is working closely with North Tyneside Council to bring the sites forward, to help deliver the authority’s ambitious plans for new homes across the borough.


Naljets adds to its fleet

North East-based aircraft management company, Naljets, has taken delivery of a new $2m aircraft to add to its growing fleet of luxury business jets – the Beechcraft King Air C90 GTX.

The the King Air C90 GTX builds on its legacy of innovation. Surpassing previous models with its luxuriously appointed square-oval cabin offering more room for passengers, it also seats up to seven people.

Its short take-off and landing performance enable the aircraft to be flown into and out of more airfields around the world. Craig McLeod, managing director of Naljets, said: “We are delighted to have added the Beechcraft King Air C90 GTX to our fleet. The King Air is a very versatile aircraft and ideal for business or leisure charters. Its spacious cabin offers exceptional comfort whilst the aircraft size makes it perfect for airports with shorter runways, so it’s convenient for smaller airports closer to your chosen destination.”


Teesside business secures its largest value contract to date

A Teesside-based product designer, manufacturer and supplier of fire, blast and heat hazard protection solutions has been awarded a £37m contract to deliver a field operations office module and twenty remote instrument enclosure modules.

Mech-Tool Engineering Ltd – which has offices in the UK, Houston and the Middle East as well as manufacturing facilities in Korea – has been appointed by Wood Group, to provide a full turnkey service including design, manufacture and pre-commission of the modular units.