PNE’s Biggest Social Impact Winner Announced

Two North East startups, Heartwood Skills CIC and SwitchAid have been voted as the winners of the If We Can You Can Challenge 2019. SwitchAid, a not-for-profit, comparison site, was presented with the award for Highest Growth Potential while Heartwood Skills, a business working with young people at risk of exclusion, was voted as having …

NEEAL ‘Impact and Value Report 2019’ Launches

“We have helped to generate £151,760,124 into the regional economy.”   New report shows that NEEAL’s enterprise agency members have collectively helped to generate over £151.76m into the North East economy. A new report by Ideas For Change Consulting highlights the combined economic impact of PNE Group and NEEAL’s eight other enterprise agency partners in …

The Nationwide Impact of Skills & Opportunities

This month RBS have launched the Helping People Help Themselves report, which highlights the significant impact of the fund for diverse and disadvantaged communities across Britain. Headline highlights include that since the RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund launched in 2015 it has benefited 148,064 people, creating over 2,000 jobs, getting nearly 4,000 people into employment and …

New Green For Go Project Shows Students They Can Save the Planet by Starting a Business

Partnership wins funding to inspire college students across the North East to explore self-employment and tackle the world’s most burning issues. PNE Group, have joined forces with local enterprise champions FIRST to find the next generation of North East change makers. Their newly announced project, Green For Go!, will inspire and educate the region’s young people by …

PNE Partners With If We Can You Can Challenge

We believe the North East is a fantastic place to do business, but more can be done to empower and champion the next generation of start-up success stories. That’s why this year we are once again proud sponsors of the If We Can You Can Challenge! PNE Enterprise will mark their fourth year supporting the …

The PNE Group 2018 Annual Report

We are delighted to announce the publication of the 2018 Annual Report, summarising the highlights of a very busy year for the Group. Sustainability is a key theme across PNE’s work, and the 2018 Annual Report illustrates our focus on championing sustainable businesses in the North East, nationally, and internationally. Download our Annual Report 2018 to discover …

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 …