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Every year we track and monitor our collective economic impact.  NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues (NGCV) commissioned its fifth annual Economic Impact Assessment from independent consultants, ERS for the year 2014-15. This demonstrates the collective impact of the 10 organisations (representing 20 venues in total*) on NewcastleGateshead's and North East England's economy. 

Annual Economic Impact Assessment: 2014-15

1) Economic Impact 2014-15

For a diagram of these headline figures, click here or for the full report click here

  • NGCV’s total economic contribution to the North East was £87.5m
  • For every £1 of public money invested in NGCV, there was a return on investment of £4.56.
  • Collectively NGCV partners supported 2,002 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs in the region, 1293 of which are people directly employed by the organisations.
  • For every 10 direct FTE jobs created by NGCV, 3.7 additional FTE jobs were created in the region.
  • There were 3.6m attendances at cultural events run by the 10 NGCV organisations across 20 venues. 
  • £15m additional visitor spend was generated in NewcastleGateshead and £9.4m across the North East
  • NGCV supported 2000 artists, cultural professionals and educators through our talent development and business support programmes.
  • 617volunteers gave 23,360 hours of their time in front of house and back office roles with NGCV.
  • 47,512 people attended conferences and events in our venues
  • NGCV partners had a combined turnover of £60.6 million
  • Collectively, NGCV partners earned £35.5 million from cultural and ancillary activities
  • NGCV partners procured 55% of their goods and services, £21.1m, from North East suppliers
  • The 10 organisations raised £5.6m in project funding for additional cultural activities, beyond core programmes.

2) Social Impact

We have started collating figures around the social impact of our work, to demonstrate how far reaching into communities our impact is:

  • We supported 949,517 learning and participation engagements (615,404 children and 3034,113 adults) in 2014-15.  
  • The 10 organisations also raised £5.4m in additional project funding in 2014-15 for cultural activities beyond core programmes, including outreach, learning and participation and special projects.

These programmes and projects aim to maximise the social impact of the area’s cultural assets for the benefit of hard to reach, vulnerable and marginalised individuals, groups and communities. 

These can include young people who are not in education, employment or training, those in care or care leavers, ex-offenders, people with mental health problems, older people who may have significant health or mental health issues, as well as being at risk of isolation, people with disabilities, carers, people with drug or alcohol problems and a wide range of others who are all engaged proactively through arts, culture, science and heritage activities, directly and through partnership working.

The impact of their engagement can be life-changing and long-term, building confidence and aspirations and inspiring people to make positive changes in their lives.  It can bring enjoyment and enthusiasm and improve people’s quality of life in a very significant way.  Some of the feedback from people who have been involved with our activities over the last year is provided overleaf as examples of this deep and meaningful impact.

In addition, we provide work experience, apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities for people of all ages, who may not otherwise have the opportunities to gain skills, knowledge and experience and who get so much benefit from their involvement, just as we benefit from our engagement with them. 

Some participate as a way to progress to education, training or work, others engage as a way of giving back to the community and to share their passion for culture, for example in 2014-15, 617 volunteers gave 23,360 hours of their time to be involved with NGCV activities.


*Note:  NGCV members operated 22 venues and sites up to March 2013.  Due to a change at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, the partnership now runs a total of 20 venues in Tyne & Wear. Venues and sites operated by NGCV in 2015 are:  BALTIC and BALTIC 39, Centre for Life, Dance City, Live Theatre, Northern Stage,  Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Old Town Hall, Seven Stories, Theatre Royal, Tyneside Cinema and all the Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums venues, which are: Laing Art Gallery, Shipley Art Gallery, Discovery Museum, Great North Museum, Segedunum Roman Fort, Arbeia Roman Fort and Museum, Stephenson Railway Museum, South Shields Art Gallery and Museum, Hatton Gallery.

Further information

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NGCV carries out an independent, annual economic impact assessment to determine the group's collective impact on the economy of NewcastleGateshead and North East England.  This has been completed by ERS for the last 7 years.

The most recent report was completed for the 2014-15 financial year and the headline summary and the full report can be downloaded below. 

NGCV Economic Impact Assessment 2014-15 Headlines

NGCV Economic Impact Assessment 2014-15 Report (ERS)

We have also completed a 5 year review of the independently assessed economic impact and the summarised the key figures:

2009-2014 Summary of Economic Impact Assessments over 5 years


In 2011-12 we also added a social impact briefing note, to demonstrate the broader impacts that our work has on people and communities.

NGCV Social and Economic Impact 2011-12 Briefing Note


Whenever appropriate, NGCV also produces joint statements to submit to Government or other consultations, to demonstrate the impact or position of the cultural organisations. 

North East Case for Culture - NGCV Response (April 2015)

NGCV Joint Submission to North East Local Enterprise Partnership area Economic Review  (Lord Adonis-led review in the NE LEP area 2012-13)