If We Can You Can: PNE Enterprise Sponsors Celebration of Entrepreneurship

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The 10-year anniversary celebrations for the If We Can You Can (IWCYC) Challenge have ignited following a partnership launch at Sage HQ last month.

PNE Enterprise will be supporting the initiative as official sponsors of the Challenge’s Biggest Social Impact Award.

Launched in 2008, the IWCYC Challenge works with partners and the wider business community to unearth rich talent that is in the North East.

By offering advice and mentoring, as well as bringing the business community together to share ideas, knowledge and contacts, many fledgling businesses involved in the competition over the years have gone on to grow.

Last year’s Highest Growth Potential Award winner Max Haydon, founder of self-storage facility Storage Shepherd, found that the Challenge opened up many opportunities for the business.

“The If We Can You Can Challenge was an excellent opportunity to showcase the business,” comments Max, “The whole atmosphere during the final was very supportive and I am thrilled we won.”

This year, leading organisations throughout the North East are pledging their support to the celebration of North East entrepreneurial talent, including Sage, official event partners, and PNE Enterprise, sponsors of the Biggest Social Impact Award.

Tracey Moore, Development Manager at PNE Group, said: “We’re proud to sponsor such a fantastic initiative for yet another year, and to be a part of If We Can You Can’s 10th anniversary celebrations. For ten years, the Challenge has provided an important platform for innovative businesses to strengthen their skills, build their networks and demonstrate their value and impact.

“The sponsorship of the Biggest Social Impact Award marks the PNE Group’s commitment to supporting sustainable business in the North East of England which is at the heart of our organisation. Along with our recently launched Sustainable Start-up Award, we are excited to meet, support, and inspire young entrepreneurs from across the region as they launch their own sustainable and ethically responsible businesses.”

Charlotte Windebank, Managing Director of FIRST Face to Face, said: “This competition is an opportunity for regional entrepreneurs to connect with each other, develop relationships and share ideas in a supportive, welcoming community of business people. Whether you’re just starting out, or looking to give back, 2018 is definitely the year to get involved.”

The competition is open to all business less than three years old and operating in any sector and in all locations across the North East, from Northumberland to Teesside.

Businesses interested in learning more about becoming a partner and supporting entrepreneurs in the region, should contact events assistant Owen Thoms by emailing info@ifwecanyoucan.co.uk or calling 07715547148.



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