AN £800,000 scheme which has created hundreds of home-based jobs in the North East has been extended by nine months.
The Home Working Fund is managed by business support organisation Entrust, with funding from One North East and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.
Since its launch in 2009, the scheme has created 285 new jobs in the North East. The fund offers firms up to £3,000 towards training and equipment for home-workers.
Businesses that have secured money include ID Training and ID Support, an organisation which provides training and care services in the North East, which has 15 of its 180 employees working from home.
Director Gordon Quince said: “For us, it has increased staff morale and productivity. For the employees, it has allowed them to manage their work/life balance, especially employees with younger children, and enables them to work in a quieter environment.”