Created 28th February 2022

What a crazy start to the year it has been. January and February have been full of meetings, and I’ve been lucky enough to meet and work with some amazing and inspirational businesspeople. The Northern business community provides a network of likeminded entrepreneurial people who all want to continue to learn, grow and support one another in creating new opportunities. It is just one of the reasons why we are so lucky to call the North East our home.

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Since announcing that we will now become a bi-monthly publication we’ve welcomed more interest than ever before – so thank you to all who have enquired by picking up the phone, sending me a message on LinkedIn or via email email. I can honestly say I still get excited every time someone contacts us with feedback, enquiries or signs up to our mailing list!

As well as more interest from advertisers, we have also continued to grow our online readership, in addition to our established print readership. Our strategic print distribution will continue throughout the year, as we maintain our direct and personalised mail-outs to an established database of the region’s key decision makers, local influential people and business owners, as we as delivering to local businesses, hotels and places of high footfall and homes within the most prestigious residential areas across the North.

Our digital footprint continues to grow, with more people engaging with our socials. Our website traffic also continues to grow monthly – and our digital mailing list grows daily. We are incredibly dedicated to growing out readership and in creating a strong and relevant audience for the businesses which are featured in Portfolio North.

The content within this edition is outstanding. We have a wide range of lifestyle, property and business features, thought leadership articles and some of the biggest and most significant recent news to come from the North. I am proud to feature some of the most successful businesses in the region including The Inn Collection Group, a £10m investment from Sage and trailblazing local authority projects from the City of Sunderland.

We also have an outstanding collection of lifestyle features including an interview with the renowned two Michelin star restaurant Raby Hunt owner and chef, James Close, a feature on island hopping around Thailand in a superyacht by West Nautical, garden designs by nationally renowned expert Steve Harris and a review of the Bentley Continental GT Speed by our motoring editor, Adam Gray.

We always get such excellent feedback on our content, it’s simple, clean and to the point. We understand our readers and the content they want – creating a platform which our partners and advertisers can be sure will be interesting, relevant and engaging for their target audience.

We are also proud to have aligned with our partner organisation Bradley Hall in pledging our support to Marie Curie’s Newcastle Hospice and Heel and Toe Children’s Charity. We will be continuing to support both charities throughout the year with coverage in the magazine and various content on our platforms – as well as with the big Bradley Hall Festive Fundraiser at the end of the year.

Thanks to such an excellent start to the year for Portfolio North, I am so excited to see what the rest of the year will bring. There’s a wealth of opportunity out there for everyone – with many businesses having fantastic news and achievements to share. After a strange and uncertain end of 2021, we’re finally starting to see a prosperity and a buzz around local enterprise again. New developments are being announced as our ever-changing built environment evolves – while new opportunities to live, work and socialise continue to crop up across the region.

We are also really looking forward to branching out into new projects this year – so continue to watch this space for updates.

Thanks again to all for your continued support and I hope you enjoy this edition of Portfolio North.

Cassie Moyse Director Portfolio North

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