International Trade

The talk of the Toon: Amazon Academy comes to Newcastle

4 min read

31 May 2018

Former special projects journalist

Amazon Academy has returned this year with a bang – the first event was held in Glasgow in April, and the next stop is Newcastle.

This year Amazon has already held its first Amazon Academy event in Glasgow. It was a fantastic day, and you can see Real Business’ coverage of the event here, including interviews with Amazon small business superstars, Trtl and Second Nature.

Next up is Newcastle, so if you are looking to launch or scale your business in the North East of England, register for your free ticket to the event on 5 June.

Why Newcastle?

Newcastle, or “The Toon,” as it is sometimes called by the locals, has a population of 296,500, is part of the English Core Cities Group, and has some great advantages if you are looking for the next place to set up shop.

There are good transport links to the city – in fact, you can get there in under three hours by train from London, and it’s only about an hour and a half to Edinburgh.

Newcastle also has a booming tech industry. According to Tech Nation’s 2018 report, digital tech business births are up 154% from 2011 to 2016, and startups cited a helpful tech community, proximity to a university and access to resources among the city’s top strengths for new businesses.

Business support in Newcastle

There are plenty of resources available to businesses looking launch in Newcastle, from the Newcastle City Council website, to the North East Growth Hub and a Business and Innovation Centre (BIC).

The North East BIC has been in operation since 1994; it has helped 3,000 businesses start up, and 75% of them remain trading after three years. That’s pretty good going – research from Ormsby Street recently suggested that after five years of trading only four in ten small businesses survive.

Meanwhile the North East Growth Hub offers a wealth of resources – including the nitty gritty advice necessary to gain access to funding in the region. Its website includes a matchmaking finance and funding page, which allows entrepreneurs to filter their options by funding type and amount.

The site also boasts a large directory of business and networking events.

Take your business global

Of course, setting up a business in Newcastle doesn’t mean you are limiting your sales to the North East – it’s easier than ever before to create a global business, from anywhere.

Amazon is touring UK cities with its Amazon Academy series to help businesses do just that, and the next event is being held at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle on 5 June.

The events include inspiring talks from businesses who have been there and done it all before, as well as workshops focussed on specific business challenges, such as how to get started selling online and reach new customers abroad.

In fact, using Amazon as a springboard is a great way for businesses looking to export to reach new markets, and 6 in 10 UK-based businesses selling on Marketplace are now exporting.

The Amazon Academy Newcastle event will also have time allocated for networking with other business owners, and offers a chance to meet business experts and receive one to one advice.

Register for your free ticket to Amazon Academy Newcastle on 5 June here.