Shell Enterprise Development Awards Winners Announced

Farm-Hand and Lettus Grow win national Shell Enterprise Development Awards, receiving a combined £180,000 in equity-free funding. Shell Enterprise Development programmes support cutting-edge, innovative start-ups who can help the UK’s transition to a low-carbon economy Two low-carbon start-ups have been crowned national winners of Shell’s Enterprise Development awards, announced at Shell’s Energy Summit. Farm-Hand has …

PNE Business Adviser Lee Longstaff Wins National Award!

PNE are delighted to announce business adviser Lee Longstaff has been named one of Britain’s Top Ten Business Advisers, representing the North East in Enterprise Nation’s national awards. Competition was stiff with hundreds of advisers from all over the country each nominated for Enterprise Nation’s Top 50 Adviser Awards by their peers to make the …

The Power of Social Enterprise

  “The common perception that SMEs are more commercially viable than social enterprises is challenged by a series of indicators, which show social enterprises outperforming SMEs.” There are 471,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing 1.44 million people. These ventures are a power for good, both for our communities and our economy. PNE Group are …

Plastech: A Revolution in Plastic Waste

The construction industry accounts for 60% of the UK’s materials use and creates 33% of its waste*. Plastech Innovation have developed a unique technology which repurposes plastic waste into aggregate for use in construction materials. This provides a scalable solution which has the potential to revolutionise one of the world’s most environmentally impactful industries and …

PNE Supports NatWest Initiative Funding Female-led Start-ups

NatWest, along with RBS and Ulster Bank, has teamed up with Crowdfunder.co.uk to deliver the Back Her Business initiative, which aims to support a reduction in the gender gap within access to business finance. The initiative invites female entrepreneurs and women-led businesses to crowdfund through its platform, with the bank potentially ‘topping up’ crowd sourced …

PNE Enterprise Event Champions Starting Up Sustainable

PNE Enterprise hosted its second quarterly Get Growing Your Network event for aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups in the North East. The event championed sustainable business, with Mick Armstrong, Head of the HERD at local start-up SeaPigs, delivering a thought-provoking talk on why businesses should aspire to lead environmental change and how they can make a …

Celebrating Shell LiveWIRE International

From humble beginnings as a regional initiative for young entrepreneurs in Strathclyde, Scotland, the Shell LiveWIRE programme has grown into an international brand in its own right, currently active in 18 countries with a history of support programmes in many, many more. In 1994, after the UK wide programme had been delivered by PNE Group for a decade, …

The Sustainable Economy: A North East Opportunity

“The transition to a low-carbon economy is creating a real buzz in the North East.” Mark Bidwell, Bidwell Management Systems   Did you know 66% of global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable goods?   PNE Group are pleased to announce the publication of our latest report, The Sustainable Economy: A North East Opportunity. Growing …

Tracey Moore New Chief Executive at PNE Group

PNE Group is delighted to announce the appointment of Tracey Moore as its new Chief Executive. Tracey takes on the role having led the organisation since Dawn Cranswick stepped down from the position in July 2018. Tracey Moore, who has been an Executive Director of PNE Group since 2015, has 30 years’ experience of working …

PNE Sponsors Social Impact Entrepreneurship Award

Last month PNE Group were the proud sponsors of the If We Can You Can (IWCYC) Awards, one of the region’s most exciting start-up business competitions for young entrepreneurs. The Awards boasted fifteen IWCYC finalists, one hundred and fifty guests from the North East business community and two worthy award winners. Award ceremony attendees gave …

LiveWIRE Entrepreneurs in Innovation Competition

Three trailblazing Shell LiveWIRE entrepreneurs from the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Indonesia received top prizes for developing innovations for Energy Solutions, Retail Supply Chain, and Social Enterprises in this year’s Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards, a global competition which highlights and rewards entrepreneurs that demonstrate excellence in innovation. Shell LiveWIRE business Metronome Energy’s low-cost …

PNE Group named Enterprise Team of the Year

PNE Group has won a prestigious accolade from the enterprise sector’s leading membership body. PNE Group were named Enterprise Team of the Year at the National Enterprise Network’s Annual Awards, which took place Friday 16th November at One Churchill Place, London. The Enterprise Team of the Year Award is given to a team that has …