The list: New­cas­tle com­pa­nies

The Irish Times - Business - - INTERVIEW -

North­ern Rock, be­fore it col­lapsed a decade ago, was a source of pride as well as em­ploy­ment in New­cas­tle-upon-Tyne, but its crash cost the city more than 2,500 jobs. So which other ma­jor com­pa­nies have head­quar­ters in the city?

1 Bell­way: The FTSE 100 res­i­den­tial prop­erty de­vel­oper be­gan life as John T Bell & Sons in New­cas­tle in 1946 and ex­panded in the post-war build­ing boom.

2 The Go-Ahead Group: Hmm, now where I have heard that com­pany be­ing men­tioned re­cently? The com­pany that was awarded pri­vate con­tracts for 24 bus routes in Dublin last month hails from the north­east of Eng­land and is still head­quar­tered in New­cas­tle.

3 The Sage Group: The en­ter­prise soft­ware com­pany with a pres­ence in Ire­land was founded in the city in 1981.

4 Fen­wicks: The department store chain with 10 out­lets across Eng­land was es­tab­lished in New­cas­tle in 1882. Like all true department stores, it loves a good Christ­mas win­dow.

5 Greggs: Best-sell­ing sausage rolls have to come from some­where.

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