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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 2013-14. This demonstrates the collective impact of the 10 organisations (representing 20 venues in total*) on NewcastleGateshead's and North East England's economy. 

5 Years of Impact 2009-2014

We have compiled figures from the 5 years of Economic Impact Reports demonstrating the total economic contribution of £404m and key economic impacts, as well as public engagement figures, including 19.5m cultural attendances and 4.5m education and participation engagements.  You can download the summary of our 5-year impacts here and read a news article about our impacts from 2009-2014 here.

Annual Economic Impact Assessment: 2013-14

1) Economic Impact 2013-14

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 £85.8m, supporting 2068 full time equivalent (FTE) jobs, 1251 of which are people directly employed by the organisations.
  • For every 10 direct FTE jobs created by NGCV, 5 additional FTE jobs were created in the region.
  • For every £1 of public money invested in NGCV, there was a return on investment of £4.43.
  • There were 3.3m attendances at cultural events run by the 10 NGCV organisations. 
  • £17m additional visitor spend was generated in NewcastleGateshead and £8.8m across the North East
  • NGCV supported 2000 artists, cultural professionals and educators through our talent development and business support programmes.
  • 870 volunteers gave 34,087 hours of their time in front of house and back office roles with NGCV.
  • 60,142 people attended conferences and events in our venues
  • NGCV partners had a combined turnover of £55.8m, earned £32.2 from cultural and ancillary activities and procured 76% of their goods and services, £34.9m, from North East suppliers
  • The 10 organisations raised £3.2m in project funding for additional cultural activities, beyond core programmes.

We have also developed an NGCV Capital Investment Strategy to maximise the economic potential of the cultural sector and the wider North East, through a co-ordinated programme of job and wealth creating capital investments and by providing further enterprise and skills support opportunities.  Further details are available under the  Capital Assets workstrand.

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 885,513 learning and participation engagements (576,540 children and 306,973 adults) in 2013-14.  
  • The 10 organisations also raised £3.2m in additional project funding in 2013-14 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 2013-14, 870 volunteers gave 34,087 hours of their time to be involved with NGCV activities.

*Note:  NGCV ran 22 venues up to March 2013.  Due to a change at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, the number of venues they ran changed from 12 to 9. BALTIC now operates BALTIC 39 in Newcastle and in 2014 Sage Gateshead took over the running of Gateshead Town Hall, so the total number of venues operated by the partnership is 20 in Tyne & Wear in 2015.

Further information

You can subscribe to our quarterly e-newsletter on our Contact page, for updates on our activities.

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 6 years.

The most recent report was completed for the 2013-14 financial year and the headline summary and the full report can be downloaded below. 

NGCV Economic Impact Assessment 2013-14 Headlines

NGCV Economic Impact Assessment 2013-14 Report

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)