North Tyneside is one of five metropolitan districts that make up the area of Tyne and Wear in the North East England.
From the golden sands of its award-winning beaches to its friendly and busy town centres, North Tyneside has grown into a diverse and cosmopolitan area; offering-up the perfect mix of urban, coastal and rural - where modern living meets natural beauty, history and heritage.
The borough is home to around 202,800 residents as well as being the destination of choice for some 5.8 million visitors each year.
Its coastline, including Cullercoats, Tynemouth and Whitley Bay, is a magnet for day-trippers; as is North Shields’ unique Fish Quay, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, drawn by the ever-expanding array of distinctive bars, eateries and views along the River Tyne.
Prices for renting or buying a property in North Tyneside are around 26 percent lower than the national average and the borough is exceptionally well-connected to the rest of Tyne and Wear, by road and by public transport. Those who live and work in the borough also benefit from relatively low congestion and commuting times.
The borough also has some of the country’s best-performing primary and secondary schools in the country and the area has been the safest metropolitan borough in England for the last five years based on crime rates.
It is this unique mix which continues to attract people and businesses to North Tyneside, and which has enabled the borough to prosper despite difficult national and global economic conditions.
The borough has recently begun to firmly position itself as the place for businesses to locate – particularly for those firms linked to advanced engineering, marine, renewable and subsea sectors and has the space, infrastructure and local workforce to make success happen. This includes 13 hectares of prime Enterprise Zone space available at Swans on the River Tyne. North Tyneside Council has made the redevelopment of this strategic site a major priority and is spending £100million to transform the former shipyard into an advanced manufacturing hub for the offshore industry, bringing thousands of new jobs to Wallsend and benefiting the wider area.
The number of firms based in North Tyneside has grown considerably in recent years, and currently stands 4,965 - with 423 new businesses established in the last year alone. Its major employment sectors include education, manufacturing, IT, finance, customer services, health and social care.
North Tyneside Council one of the borough's major employers, with over 3,000 employees (excluding school based staff).
Its headquarters are based at Cobalt Park, just off the A19. Cobalt is the largest and most successful office park in the UK and the location of choice for a number of national and global organisations including Hewlett Packard, Procter & Gamble, Accenture, Utilitywise, G4S, Balfour Beatty, EE, Santander and more.
As a Council North Tyneside Council is ambitious to continue to drive forward the borough’s success and to make a difference for residents, as those who work and visit our borough. Its Council Plan sets out how it will do this, together with partners to make a difference for Our People, Our Places and Our Economy.
But to achieve the outcomes we need to deliver within the resources available we must do things differently. There is not only significantly less money available, but also increasing pressures and challenges from a growing and aging population and changing needs and expectations.
The 'Creating a Brighter Future' programme is our internal plan for a major culture change across the organization, including new way of working that will:
• Encourage our customers to be more independent
• Better manage demand for services so people access the right services at the right time
• Focus everything we do on delivering its priorities.
At the foundation of these changes are our values
Creating a Brighter Future by working together to:
• Aspire to be better
• Enable others
• Deliver on our promises