Newcastle’s NE1 postcode has seen major redevelopment work over the past few years, and an influx of new businesses moving into the area.
Behind the Centre for Life, under the Railway Arches, businesses are thriving on Forth Banks, which has parking and easy access to Central Station.
Over the past three months three new businesses have set up shop underneath the railway arches, the latest Love Lunch Deli & Coffee Bar at Arch 19 has just opened. Owner Dani Gibson worked as a waitress whilst saving, planning and looking for somewhere to open her store.
She said: “I’m really excited to be joining the other businesses along Forth Banks. I think the arches and the surrounding area have real character, and that this is a great opportunity to grow with the area.”
There is a mix of stores. Next door to Love Lunch at Arch 18 is another business new to Forth Banks Fightstoremma.com, the martial arts equipment store has recently moved in to the units having previously been situated in two other city centre locations at Newgate Shopping Centre, and then Pink Lane.
Managing director Alex Wright said: “We have had to move three times in the past two years as the company continues to grow, but now we have found our home at Forth Banks.
“The units are a great size, people can park and we are only a couple of hundred meters from Central Station.”
John Davidson at Bang On printers said: “It is a great location for a new business, we’ve got an excellent workspace and parking facilities and all in a city centre location. ”
Long-standing businesses like Jamie’s Tiles and Safestore Self Storage have welcomed the new businesses to the area.