North East Workspace: Supporting SMEs
North East Workspace (NEWS) is just one way PNE Group use enterprise development to support North East businesses to flourish, using commercial property as an opportunity to structure an environment for SME success.
Launched in 1990, NEWS’s continued investment in developing this environment, to promote growth, expansion, sustainability and productivity for its tenants, is something the organisation is very proud of.
Having been officially recognised as one of the top ten best “science-based incubator” programmes in the early 2000s and nicknamed the North East’s “Silicon Alley” by the UK media for their forward-thinking attitude towards new technology and start-ups; North East Workspace continue to invest heavily in small businesses over a decade later, with a diverse range of resident benefits designed with small businesses in mind.
Building a positive, sustainable infrastructure for small business in the central Newcastle area, tenants have access to IT services and an internet connection five times the regional average, fulfiling the needs of demanding technology and digital ventures. Earlier this year, North East newspaper The Chronicle reported that PNE Group’s broadband offering, “remained a major reason why businesses in the North East and further afield continue to seek out its assistance.”
Tenants also have access to the services of PNE Enterprise, whose shop front sits in the centre of five properties, including confidential business support, access to their extensive business libraries and access to networking opportunities. Reduced cost office space with NEWS has also been integrated into the enterprise providers latest support programme for scaling businesses, Get Growing.
Counting a wide range of businesses, mostly creative with strong IT links such as global music production service Beatsuite.com, award-winning ecommerce web developers Visualsoft and pioneering mobile app developers Gospelware amongst their long term tenants, the North East continues to live up to its “Silicon Alley” nickname thanks to North East Workspace’s continued investment in an environment for local businesses to help them thrive.