PNE Group Named National Enterprise Network’s Winner

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PNE Group has been named Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year by the leading sector membership body.

PNE Group were awarded the title of Enterprise Support Organisation of the Year (>£750,000) at the 2016 National Enterprise Network awards during the NatWest sponsored National Enterprise Network Annual Conference on Friday 18th November.

Winners in seven categories were announced by National Enterprise Network Chairman Graham Marley and facilitator and BBC broadcaster Tanya Beckett at the event held at the RBS Conference Centre in London.

Presenting the Award Dawn Whitely MBE, Chief Executive of National Enterprise Network commented, “PNE Group has emerged from a pinnacle year of a bold strategic change, which included a restructure, rebrand and reassessment of its offer to the enterprise landscape. This 12-month journey has carried PNE to a position of strength within the enterprise arena and they were recognised with this award for that very reason.

“For 35 years PNE have delivered enterprise support to the North East region and beyond, continuing to adapt, reinvent and create opportunities to add value to the world.”

On receiving the Award, Dawn Cranswick Chief Executive of PNE Group, commented, “It’s a huge honour for PNE Group to be recognised as Enterprise Organisation of the Year by National Enterprise Network’s Annual Awards. We are very proud to be highlighted in the Enterprise Sector’s 2016 recognition of excellence. It has been a very successful year for the Group, and the award is testament to a year of outstanding performance by the PNE staff team.”

Operating since 1980, PNE Group have supported millions of individuals in over 55 countries through self-funded enterprise development and the delivery of commercial social investment programmes. All profits are reinvested into enterprise development programmes, with a focus on promoting start-ups, business growth, job creation, skills training and professional development in the North East of England, including helping start 10,000 businesses in the region.

Awards were presented to organisations and individuals from within the membership of National Enterprise Network; recognising excellence in the delivery of enterprise support and encouraging the exchange of good practice in seven categories, including Enterprise Communicator of the Year, Unsung Hero of the Year and Future of Enterprise Support Award. Fourteen businesses were originally shortlisted, with three organisations from the North East included.