Newcastle and the North East prospered as the engine of the industrial revolution. By supplying coal, harnessing steam, and building ships, the cities of the region powered the UK to become a major player in the global economy. Innovation and engineering – combined with a sense of entrepreneurial drive – grew big industries that spread all over the world and created thousands of jobs, bringing wealth to the North East. Today the North East must grasp the new opportunities presented by a new era of globalisation.
FutureStory Newcastle and the North East forms part of a series of six books made up of a collection of local case studies, with accompanying DVDs, tracing how people and businesses in cities and regions across the country are adapting to the global economy.
The project highlights how businesses in regions across the UK can take best advantage of the opportunities offered by the global marketplace. The FutureStory book launched today aims to puts a human face on globlisation – how it is working in Newcastle and the North East.
Produced with the help of innovative enterprises, education providers and other organisations across Newcastle, FutureStory’s “Local Heroes” tell the story of their city. The book explores its past, present and future and how the traditional jobs of coal, shipbuilding and heavy industry in the region have been replaced by innovation, science and research as well as entrepreneurial businesses operating on a global platform.