Here we list websites and contacts for economic development offices, chambers of trade and commerce and similar business organisations in the Newcastles.

Shinshiro City : Shinshiro City Society (Chamber) of Commerce and Industry –

Newcastle, South Africa : Newcastle Municipality – contact Laurence Short, Acting Director Economic Development – Tel: 034 328 7600 (ext 8616 )  Cell: 083 628 0699; Email:

Chamber of Commerce/Sakekamer – contact Angelique van Buuren, Skakelbeampte,  Tel: 034 312 2959  Fax: 034 326 4901

Newcastle-under-Lyme: Trudi Barnard, Business Development Officer, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, tel 0044 (0)1782 742461 or;

Town Centre Partnership: Town Centre Partnership Manager,  Civic Offices, Merrial Street Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 2AG  Phone: 0044 (0)1782 742476 Email:

Chamber of Trade and Enterprise :

Neuchâtel – l’Etat de Neuchâtel. Office de promotion économique. Avenue de la Gare 2 2000 Neuchâtel Tél: +41 32 889 68 23. Mail:

Service de l’économie (NECO), Canton of Neuchâtel –

Chambre neuchâteloise du Commerce et de l’Industrie-  –

Contact Patricia da Costa –

Newcastle upon Tyne : Newcastle City Council – contact Rob Hamilton, Head of Economic and Urban Policy

North East Chamber of Commerce – Chief Executive  James Ramsbotham;

Newcastle NE1 Ltd – manages the city centre business improvement district;

Newcastle, Australia –  Hunter Business Chamber – Contact Bob Hawes, Chief Executive Officer

New Castle Indiana, USA: New Castle – Henry County Chamber of Commerce – Executive – Corey Murphy

New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA : Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce –       Chief Executive Alex McCoy –

Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Neuburg an der Donau, Germany 

Economic Development –

Stadt Marketing Neuburg –

Chamber of Commerce –

Nyborg, Denmark 

Business and Development Manager, Nyborg Kommune – Babak Djarahi,

Østfyn Business Council Co / Business Office Nyborg Municipality –

Nyborg Handelsstandforening – Working to market Nyborg and the city’s merchants –

Newcastle, Ontario, Canada – Business Improvement Association (BIA) of Newcastle

Nove Zamky – Regional Chamber of Commerce

Nove Hrady – South Bohemia Chamber of Commerce




Our “Newcastles of the World” alliance has led to a dream work placement for a Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne) student. For a year mechanical engineering student Chris Brownhill has swapped Newcastle upon Tyne for the city of Shinshiro in Japan. Through the alliance Chris secured a yearlong work placement at the Japanese cutting tool manufacturing company OSG, based near Shinshiro. Having wanted to visit Japan for as long as he can remember, Chris Brownhill’s placement is a dream come true. Chris  (pictured below with Shinshiro Mayor Ryoji Hozumi) is already enjoying immersing himself in Japanese culture and learning as much as he can. “Everything will be completely different, but that is what appeals to me – the culture, the cuisine and of course the language. I was doing my best to learn Japanese since I found out I had secured the placement.
“I’m really looking forward to just learning as much as I can and then bringing that back to Newcastle for the final year of my mechanical engineering degree at Northumbria University and my dissertation next year.”


“My thanks are to OSG, the city of Shinshiro and the Newcastles of the World Alliance who are reaching out a helping hand to create this arrangement – and have given me the warmest of welcomes. I will be furthering my university studies through work experience, as well as learning the hard working mindset known of Japan. During my spare time from work, I will be looking to experience Japan’s amazing sights, culture and cuisine which has been a dream for a long time.
After being able to meet with some of the Newcastle’s of the World Alliance members from Newcastle Upon Tyne and Shinshiro City, I have been given a great insight as to the reason I was able to take on this placement, and it was exciting to learn about some of the Shinshiro City’s students’ different interests in the sciences.”
Chris is the first student to secure a placement through Newcastles of the World and it is hoped further international opportunities for work and study will follow. Zélie Guérin, Newcastles of the World Project Director, said: “One of the aims of the project has always been to enable connections through business and education so this placement brings those two together.” Caroline Theobald CBE is Chair of Northumbria University’s Newcastle Business School Advisory Board, as well as a Trustee of Newcastles of the World in Newcastle upon Tyne , and she helped establish the relationship with OSG. She said: “I met the team from OSG at a business seminar and they were very interested in forging links with Northumbria through Newcastles of the World. They are a global manufacturer and recruit some of the best graduates around the world, so this link with Northumbria University will benefit both organisations. We’re sure the next year will be an incredible experience for Christopher and one which will shape his future career.”


Thanks to Nina Hussain of Kota Bharu for this interesting article about trade and tourism in her city

Tourism – Kota Bharu Central Market, Trade Culture and the Role of Kelantanese Women








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