PNE Enterprise Supports the Next Generation of Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Have a business idea that will help to create a more sustainable world? PNE Enterprise, part of PNE Group, is supporting the next generation of sustainable entrepreneurs through its recently-launched Sustainable Start-up Award. The scheme, open to individuals aged 18-30 and living within Tyne and Wear, is providing a unique offer of financial aid, supplying …

Lessons to Learn before Launching a Business

    Charlotte Parker is the Project Co-ordinator of Shell LiveWIRE UK, Shell’s flagship social investment programme, which supports young entrepreneurial talent in the UK to develop and grow. As Project Co-ordinator, Charlotte works closely with entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors with their applications for Shell LiveWIRE’s Smarter Future Award which grants one young …

Defining the Next Chapter of Business Sustainability by David Grayson

David Grayson CBE is the Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management, the leading UK university for business sustainability, and Chairman of the Board at Carers UK. From co-founding PNE Group, an initiative to support individuals across the North East to enter self-employment, David Grayson has proven himself not only as a business …

How Start-ups can Change the Future of Energy

  Karen Bellis is the Head of International Programmes at PNE Group where she works across the globe to support enterprise programmes that help start-ups to launch, innovate, and grow. In June, Karen attended the Financial Times Energy Transition Strategies Summit which explored the latest trends and issues impacting the global energy industry, and where …

Transparency and the Gender Pay Gap: What it Means for Organisations

In the run-up to new legislation, the gender pay gap has been at the forefront of discussions in business and of how organisations must work to close the gap as they scramble to report their figures. A recent report conducted by Sage, with supporting data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and the Annual …

Week in the Life: Work Experience at PNE Group

This week, fourteen year-old Robyn Leckey, a student from Walbottle Campus, did work experience with the PNE Group team. Robyn chose to undertake work with us because she was interested in the world of business and inspired by her Mum, Debbie Leckey, who helps PNE Enterprise to deliver business support to North East entrepreneurs.   …

Grow your Business with Female Entrepreneurs LIVE™

PNE Group are proud to share an exciting event from the the UK’s largest business support network for women in business. Female Entrepreneurs LIVE ™ – A Day to Grow Your Business is a 1-day event that gives you all the essentials you need to start or grow your business in just one day. Join the …

The Administrative Burden Holding Back UK SMEs

What could your business do with an extra 71 days and £35,600 a year? A recent survey by Sage discovered that UK small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) spend an average of £35,600 and 71 days on administrative tasks per year. Whether it’s accounting, payroll, processing invoices or chasing late payments these administrative burdens are estimated …

David Irwin on How Innovation Can Drive Economic Growth

  On November 9th, David Irwin (first CEO of the government’s Small Business Service, founder of PNE Group and experienced economic and enterprise consultant), delivered a powerful and thought-provoking presentation on the importance of innovation and its ability to drive economic growth. The presentation was delivered at Advancing the North East, hosted by PNE Group, …

Leveraging our Infrastructure for a Stronger North East

  Paul Ryan is Finance Director at Arcinova, a Contract Research and Development Organisation to the pharmaceutical industry. In this guest blog he shares how we can generate growth in the North East by leveraging our existing infrastructure. Ok – I’m going to jump back to the mid-1980s when I was trying to figure out where I …

How Can We Improve the UK’s Innovation Performance and Increase Productivity?

According to a recent study, the UK has one of the highest numbers of high productivity firms, however, it still remains one of the lowest performing countries in terms of innovation and productivity – but why is this? This year’s annual State of Small Business Conference, hosted by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), aimed to …

To Judge or Be Judged?

Following her recent win at Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, in our latest guest blog, our CEO, Dr Dawn Cranswick, contemplates the question: to judge or be judged? Last week I was hugely privileged to join the other UK Finalists at the 2017 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Judging Day in London. All entrepreneurs …