The Next Steps

The launch of NIBE took place on May 23rd 2013 at The People’s Kitchen in Newcastle upon Tyne. We were joined by MPs, community and business leaders to begin the journey for NIBE and help us define our purpose.   A year from our launch we have been provided with an opportunity for NIBE to think bigger and become a campaigning force for good in partnership with Newcastle University/Newcastle University Business School, regional newspapers and the regional business networks.  This partnership enables NIBE to work cross-sector with educational, community, religious, business and organisational partners on critical issues related to global social responsibility and sustainability.  Working in partnership we aim to be a force for good, transforming the way the north east does business and promoting meaningful engagement  between businesses and the community.

We are setting up a working group in partnership with Newcastle University Business School to establish robust governance structures for NIBE so that we can move quickly to offer a range of services and training packages. We are already in a position to attract individual and organisational signatories to a NIBE pledge and it is envisaged that these early signatories become the new organisation’s funding (and paying) members.  Our three aims: ‘together, talking, transforming’ are already being brought alive by the Newcastle Journal’s ‘Pay Fair’ campaign.  This was a direct response to concerns around prompt payment terms that were raised by a small business at our launch.

NIBE Steering Group

Co-Chairs: Reverend Canon Glyn Evans, City Centre Chaplain and Caroline Theobald, Managing Director, Bridge Club Ltd and co-founder Business Ethics Forum, NUBS

Lucy Armstrong, Alchemists and CBI Regional Council, Visiting Goldman Professor, Newcastle University Business School

James Ramsbotham, CEO, North East Chamber of Commerce

Robert Talbot-Jones, President, Institute of Insurers

Bob Eldridge, People’s Kitchen

Hugh Welch, Senior Partner, Muckle LLP and Trustee Shepherds Dean

David Faulkner, Newcastle City Council

Kevan Carrick, JK Property Consultants LLP; RICS and chair of trustees City Centre Chaplaincy

Paul Woolston, Chair, NELEP

Church Leaders including Bishop of Newcastle, Professor GeoffMoore,Durham University and Canon Stephen Cherry, Durham; Reverend Sheila Bamber, Sunderland Minster

Barry Speker OBE, Sintons

Individual Supporters

Lucy Winskell, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Northumbria University

Chi Onawara, MP for Newcastle