A new era
April has always stood out to me as somewhat of a turning point in the year. The clocks have sprung forward, the outside world is looking a little greener and...

Editor’s notes from Jessica Laing

April has always stood out to me as somewhat of a turning point in the year. The clocks have sprung forward, the outside world is looking a little greener and many businesses are kick-starting their new financial year.

With that, come opportunities a-plenty to reassess, refresh and power ahead with gusto towards a bigger and better future. There is a real buzz within the region right now and no matter how many corners I turn, or how many people I meet, one thing is for certain – there are so many feel-good, forward-looking stories to be told as we settle in to Q2.

It seems positivity is rife – and I’m delighted to be able to share and spread the good news in the pages of this issue. Read on to enjoy spirit-raising news from the worlds of entrepreneurship and engineering to housing and hospitality, arts and culture and so much more.

Discover everything you need to know about how Crown Works Studio’s arrival in Sunderland is changing the city’s future, what decades of success looks like – and what the future holds for – Portland Consulting Engineers and why, according to Entrepreneurs Forum, 83% of North East businessowners are feeling fiercely confident about business performance for the year ahead.

All this, plus your usual fix of behind-the-scenes interviews, expert advice and thought-provoking thought leadership features – including the CEO behind one of the region’s most celebrated hospitality groups, the CO of one of the UK’s leading diversity and inclusion providers and an up-and coming entrepreneur on a mission to take the region’s luxury property market by storm.

In the world of lifestyle, don’t miss our guide to some of the North East’s “poshest” villages (as voted
by The Telegraph), a first-look tour of one of the most sought-after residential developments in Durham and an exclusive chat with the founder behind the new coastal wellbeing brand that everyone’s talking about.

We also reveal everything you need know about investing in art, celebrate 130 years of Barbour and get to know the brains behind some of the best loved Instagram accounts – based right here on our doorstep.

As always, for exciting news and updates, don’t forget to follow us on social media and, if you’re from the world of PR, please get in touch to learn more about how you can join our brand new PR Hub, which we’re so excited to have launched in the last few weeks. We’d love for you to jump onboard as we enter a new era of Portfolio North.

Happy reading.

Posted 16th April 2024

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