North East businesspeople offered chance to inform LEP's new Growth Hub

The North East LEP is looking for a broad cross section of the region's business community to join its Business Support Board

Paul Varley
Paul Varley

Business people in the North East are being offered a unique opportunity to directly inform and lead key component of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan.

The North East LEP is looking for businesspeople from across the region’s business sectors join its Business Support Board, to oversee the delivery of the business support programme.

As part of its remit to drive economic growth and deliver more and better jobs in the region, the North East LEP, through the Business Support Board, will develop a digital North East Growth Hub. The Growth Hub will act as a conduit for business support and funding providers, providing the region’s businesses with the information needed to make it easy to find the right support at the right time.

The Growth Hub will not just be the single point of reference for the latest sources of business and enterprise support and finance, signposting to and connecting businesses with support services and sources of finance. It will use the latest digital technology to provide the right online mechanisms for businesses to connect, share experience, gather insight and communicate. The Growth Hub is expected to launch on April 1, 2015.

North East LEP Board member, Paul Varley, explained: “Our ambition is clear. We will help businesses find and utilise the right information, expert advice and finance to thrive and grow.

“The Business Support Programme is an essential part of our Strategic Economic Plan. It provides the framework for an investment of over £200m in access to finance and business support over six years.

“This investment will increase profitability, wages and employment across the economy. Specifically, we will invest over £40m in developing the business support offer, ensuring that the support services and products on offer meet the needs of business.”

North East LEP Board member Gill Southern added: “The Growth Hub is at the heart of this growth programme. It will make it easy for businesses to find the right support at the right time for the right results.

“Created for business and lead by business, the digital hub will drive growth, productivity and trade, ultimately creating more and better jobs in the North East.”

The Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for:

* Ambitious individuals from North East businesses of any size or sector who offer energy, commitment, vision and business insight;

* Experience in developing business operations;

* Ambitions for growth in their businesses;

* Commitment to simplifying the business support landscape and making the right support easier to find;

* A balance of skills, for example IT application, supply chain management, procurement (big corporates and the public sector), finance management, change management, market penetration and international trade;

* People who are well-placed to use their relationships and networks to drive communications and enrol businesses.

The deadline to apply for the unpaid Business Support Board positions is October 10. Application is by CV or biog.

Those interested should download the applicant brief at www.nelep.co.uk/business-support . For further information, please contact Dinah Jackson, Strategic Economic Plan Policy and Programme Lead at the North East LEP, on Dinah.Jackson@nelep.co.uk

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