Issue 13, Summer 2022


Welcome to the thirteenth edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

There’s a good reason why we needed to expand the BUSINESSiQ offering – as this 13th quarterly magazine shows, here are so many outstanding people driving this region’s economy through so many inspiring businesses, that we need all the space to fit them in.
So you now have this flagship magazine for the in-depth articles as well as a weekly 12-page supplement to bring you all the breaking news and background details you need as well as our daily live coverage in print and online. As the region grows, we’ll keep pace, story by story, interview by interview. This time, we look at a huge range of influential leaders in education, local government, entertainment, technology, retail, diversity, business support, energy, legal…and we take a drive in a stunning Rolls-Royce. As I wrote my way through all those sectors there was a thread that kept appearing to stitch it all together – the way the imbalance between men and women in top roles is changing. There is clearly still a battle underway to finally throw out the last remnants of a shameful generational attitude that certain people have a right to certain roles while others need not apply.
That was a disgrace and an embarrassment. But at least now most of us recognise that and have removed all barriers to progress, careers and leadership. In this issue I have talked to Ellen Thinnesen of Education Partnership North East, Kate Matthews of bp and Emily Cox of Lloyds Bank – and the North East England Chamber of Commerce have pulled together a fascinating look at the people in its Inspiring Females programme.
Listen to these voices, be informed and inspired and understand why this is a region like no other.

Issue 12, Spring 2022


Welcome to the twelfth edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

In this 12th edition of BUSINESSiQ’s quarterly magazine, I talk in-depth to some of the best connectors in the North East.
The expertise is needed in many different forms. With bp, they are a global superpower, but relatively new as part of this regional economy, and they bring with them energy innovations that will change our lives.
At the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Henri Murison faces the seemingly endless challenge of uniting a whole region. He has to be a diplomat and a director, persuading rivals to play for the same team.
And I returned to Teesside University for the first time in a couple of years to hear how VC Paul Croney connects with students from around the globe and how the university’s community is growing even stronger.
As I have said about our own Level Up campaign, the businesses that lead our region are experts – in some cases there are none better anywhere in the world – and they have enormous influence.
There’s a lot to say, so let me know what your business is up to.

Issue 11, Winter 2021


Welcome to the eleventh edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

In this latest BUSINESSiQ, we talk to John McCabe, chief executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, determined to unite two halves of the region, and to Peter Rolton, who heads Britishvolt as they build a Gigaplant at Blyth to power the country’s Electric Vehicle revolution. New leaders too at Durham County Council, so let’s see what Amanda Hopgood and John Hewitt have to say about life in their county.
We look to Peter Snaith and Nigel Emmerson at Womble Bond Dickinson for a wide-ranging view of where we are and where we need to be, talk to Jeremy Chelot of YouFibre, who tells us what drives him to take on the big cable companies, and Brenda McLeish of Learning Curve Group talks about skills, kickstarts and Purple People.
Just before you read about them, a reminder that the BUSINESSiQ brand is expanding and now includes a WEEKLY supplement inside The Northern Echo. There’s so much to talk about as BUSINESSiQ speaks to the influencers and speaks up for the North East.

Issue 10, Autumn 2021


Welcome to the tenth edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

In our autumn 2021 edition of BUSINESSiQ, we launch our Level Up campaign, with the views of key figures in the north-east - Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen, Heidi Mottram of Northumbrian Water, Andy Koss at Sembcorp and Andrew Haig at Newcastle Building Society - highlighting the exciting future ahead.

Issue 9, Summer 2021


Welcome to the ninth edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

In our summer 2021 edition of BUSINESSiQ, we take a look at how Darlington's new economic campus is taking shape, plus several other major developments that are on the horizon for the town at a landmark time in its history. Our main focus, however, is on the transport and logistics sectors, sparked by the March announcement that Teesside is to be the country's largest freeport – news that is already attracting investment to the Tees Valley.

Issue 8, Spring 2021


Welcome to the eighth edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

The spring 2021 edition of BUSINESSiQ focuses on some huge announcements for the North-East by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, as Treasury workers head to Darlington, and examines how the region’s businesses are adapting ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Issue 7, Winter 2020


Welcome to the seventh edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

In this edition we look at some of the major business developments under way in the region this year, and what renewed calls for further regional devolution, and the Government’s “green revolution” could mean for us.
We also look back on a wonderful evening when the first County Durham Together Awards took place. The virtual event, organised by BUSINESSiQ’s sister publication The Northern Echo in partnership with Durham County Council, celebrated the volunteers, health workers, organisations and businesses who have gone above and beyond to support their communities through this year. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and here’s hoping for a much improved 2021.

Issue 6, Autumn 2020


Welcome to the sixth edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

The autumn of edition of BUSINESSiQ examines the continuing challenges facing many sectors during the Covid-19 pandemic, but also celebrates the success stories of some of the region’s most resilient firms, who are not only surviving, but managing to thrive as 2020 enters its last quarter.

Issue 5, Summer 2020


Welcome to the fifth edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

Welcome to your packed Summer 2020 edition of BusinessiQ, full of North-East business success stories, features and opinions from industry leaders.

Issue 4, Spring 2020


Welcome to the fourth edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

Welcome to your packed Spring 2020 edition of BusinessiQ, full of North-East business success stories, features and opinions from industry leaders.

Issue 3, Winter 2019


Welcome to the third edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

Features from Andrew Craddock and the development of Darlington Building Society. How the BOHO 10 project is set to transform Middlebrough into the leading location for UK digital enterprise, popular North East steakhouse, Tomahawk, talk about their sizzling success and opening five new restaurants. And a spotlight is shone on Teesside and all of it's successes.

Issue 2, Autumn 2019


Welcome to the second edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

Features from Sara Davies from Tv's Dragons Den; Rachel Anderson from the NE Chamber of Commerce; Cummins Celebrate their 100th anniversary; Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Henry Murison and many more - click to read our second edition below.

Issue 1, Spring 2019


Welcome to the first edition of BUSINESSiQ magazine!

Featuring interviews with Andy Preston, Mayor of Middlesbrough; caricaturist Dave Wright; founder of SPURR, Jonathan Lamb, and many more - click to read our first edition below.