Business leaders celebrate success of Enterprising Newcastle initiative

Business representatives have marked the achievements of a business support initiative that comes to a close this month.

Rob Hamilton, Pauline Bishop, Father Michael Conaty and Melissa Middleton
Rob Hamilton, Pauline Bishop, Father Michael Conaty and Melissa Middleton

More than 100 business representatives came together to celebrate the success of a business support initiative run by Newcastle City Council.

For the past 13 years Enterprising Newcastle has worked with 3,500 people in schools, universities and colleges, as well as more than 1,600 residents, 140 voluntary and community sector organisations and more than 700 local businesses.

Working in partnership with business support agencies from across the city, the ERDF-funded programme concludes at the end of the month, prompting the event to celebrate its achievements.

A number of Business Achievement Awards were handed out in recognition of the many successful businesses that have flourished with support from the programme over the years.

The event also provided an opportunity for businesses to find out more about the support available from the BIPC centre in Newcastle – an initiative supported by the council with Newcastle Science City and Northumbria University – and to meet with other providers in the city.

Councillor Michael Johnson, deputy cabinet member for skills, business and enterprise, said: “Enterprising Newcastle has made a huge contribution to the economic vitality of the city over the last 13 years, and has concentrated its efforts on the city’s less affluent areas.

“Small businesses are at the heart of the city’s vitality and the great turnout for the awards night is a testimony to the success of the programme.

“We will continue to support and advise fledgling businesses in Newcastle by working in close collaboration with other agencies. The legacy of Enterprising Newcastle is in safe hands with PNE (Project North East) Enterprise.”

The event was also an opportunity to introduce PNE Enterprise to existing Enterprising Newcastle clients. PNE play a key role continuing to work with the City Council to support new businesses by providing advice, information, and inspiration to new and existing businesses

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