Newcastle’s biggest asset is often said to be its people, and now it is hoped that they, and the pride that they have in their home, can be used to raise the profile of the region.

The city is looking to encourage more investment, attract talent and retain talent, and build local pride and is seeking ambassadors who love Newcastle to help out.

The Newcastle Ambassador Programme is looking for people who are passionate about Newcastle and the surrounding area, and who have strong national and international networks across the public, private and third sectors.

Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said “Newcastle has a great story to tell. We are an ambitious city, globally recognised with levels of investment that are benefitting both business and local people, and we’re on the brink of a major growth opportunity with the North of Tyne devolution deal.

“So, over the last couple of years we have been working with business leaders to develop a narrative for the city, one that we can share with the world.

“The Ambassador Programme and the toolkit that has been developed is the culmination of this work, and I am extremely proud to be launching this today and premiering Our Newcastle – the film that tells this story”.

A toolkit of materials has been created to assist the ambassadors, which includes a set of factsheets for key sectors, presentation and social media templates, a bank of high-quality images as well as the Our Newcastle film.

The Our Newcastle film says that:”Newcastle is a city that never stands still, that makes history and shapes the future and is a place of people who are passionate about the city they call home.”

“With strong connections to the past, to the future, to each other, this is somewhere to believe in, to be proud of.

“It’s a place that tugs at your heart, that will always call you back, we know where we are going, our newcastle is an ambitious city it always has been, we are all about making success happen, faster and better than anywhere else.”

Moving forward the programme aims to engage with a wide variety of ambassadors and actively identify opportunities for them to represent and raise the profile of Newcastle.

One Ambassador already involved in the Programme is Adam Serfontein, managing director of The Hanro Group. He added: “The Newcastle Ambassador programme is an excellent initiative which is a tremendous example of the collaboration between the public and private sector in Newcastle.

“We are collectively responsible for the success of our regional capital and the wider area, and this programme will provide the necessary tools for us to make great strides forward. The time is right to do this as we rise to the challenge of promoting our region on both the national and international stage.”

The Newcastle Ambassador Programme has been developed by Newcastle City Council and NewcastleGateshead Initiative working closely with a wide range of partners.

For more information on the Newcastle Ambassador Programme and details of how to get involved, please visitwww.newcastleambassadors.co.uk

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