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North East tourism organisation moves HQ to newly refurbished Newcastle building

A North East organisation has announced that it is set to move its headquarters to the centre of Newcastle.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), which provides marketing and tourist information services for the two cities, is moving its headquarters to The Common Room, which was previously The Mining Institute.

This follows a two-year long refurbishment programme to transform the Grade II listed building on Westgate Road.

Liz Mayes, chief executive of The Common Room, commented: “This move will bring The Common Room team together with our colleagues at NGI, who promote our city across the world as a vibrant place to visit and do business.

“As one of the most historically significant buildings in Newcastle, it’s fitting that we will be the new home for the NGI team and we’re delighted to welcome them.”

Sarah Green, chief executive of NewcastleGateshead Initiative, added: “NGI is delighted to move into The Common Room, as the iconic building has a history of innovation and collaboration bringing together great leaders from business, civic society and universities.

“Post-Covid, it is critical that NGI works with its partners to channel that same spirit of innovation and enterprise to create jobs, attract investment and to facilitate sustainable growth, a vibrant economy and a strong and diverse cultural and visitor offer in NewcastleGateshead.

“The Common Room’s location will support NGI to work at the heart of the region’s economic recovery and we look forward to hosting our partners, international trade delegations, inward investors, media and visitors in the building’s beautiful facilities.”

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