WELCOME to the first edition of BusinessiQ magazine. We are here to shine a spotlight on all that is great about innovation, entrepreneurship and industry across the North-East and North Yorkshire.

This is a multi-platform magazine published in print, online and as a digital page turner. So, whether you love the feel of a high-quality print magazine, or prefer to do your reading on a mobile device or laptop, BusinessiQ has got all bases covered.

We would love to get your feedback about this edition and to hear what we should be featuring in future editions. If you enjoy any of the stories and features please share them via social media, adding the hashtag #BusinessiQ

A key theme running through this edition of BusinessiQ is that we should never be afraid to shout about what makes our region so special. Cover star Andy Preston, entrepreneur, charity fundraiser and recently-elected mayor of Middlesbrough, has boundless enthusiasm for his beloved Teesside. But people from outside the region who have made it their home are also championing the message that this area is a great place to work, learn, visit and invest.

Sarah Stewart, who hails from the West County, and Estelle Blanks, who came here 20 years ago from her home in the French Alps and never left, are passionate advocates for life in the North-East.

As CEO of NewcastleGateshead Initiative Sarah leads an organisation whose mission is to tell the world about what makes the North-East a great place. Since arriving here from France, Estelle has promoted the region as a hotbed of innovation.

We also feature Jo Darby, a former barrister and theatre director who is now a leading public speaking coach. Jo’s story is a must-read for anyone who wants to be a more effective, confident communicator.   

BusinessiQ will continue to provide a platform for business people to tell their stories and to help get the message out loud and clear that the North East and North Yorkshire are great places to do business.

If you would like to feature in the next edition, please contact me andynecho@gmail.com

All the Best

Andy

Andy Richardson

Editor