Senior Commonwealth leaders visit city centre development

Newcastle City Council’s Cllr Michael Johnson welcomed a delegation of Senior Commonwealth leaders to Science Central last week, to showcase how the city is tackling the challenges that businesses and society face in the city.

The delegation visited the North East as part of the CSC Leaders programme, a conference and study trip organised by leadership development charity Common Purpose, which takes place across the UK.We were delighted to host the tour of Science Central for the Head of Finance from BP, Trinidad and Tobago; Executive Director of Development Planning from the City of Johannesburg; as well as the general secretary of the Communication Workers Union of Malawi.

Cllr Johnson, Deputy Cabinet Member for Skills, Business and Enterprise said: “It was a great pleasure to meet the Commonwealth delegation, and provide some insight into how we’re backing developments like Science Central to create jobs and investment for Newcastle. The feedback we received was very positive, and they commented on the importance of collaboration and partnership in delivering economic prosperity.”

Newcastle University’s Professor Phil Taylor and Newcastle Science City’s Fiona Standfield escorted the delegation around Science Central, explaining the latest developments onsite and how the site is hoped to tackle the challenges faced by business and society through the use of new technology. The group were taken inside The Core, the first building on site, which will be open in Autumn this year.

The group was then joined on the last leg of its trip by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, who chatted with Newcastle Science City about the exciting developments on Science Central.

For more information about The Core, the first building to be built on Science Central, visit the new website here.

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