Top Ten Innovators: Global Innovation Prize

Ten businesses from six countries have made the shortlist of the Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards, a global competition which highlights and rewards businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation. The Awards recognise businesses demonstrating innovation in the categories of Energy Solutions, Retail Supply Chain, and Social Enterprises. The winner of each category will receive a …

Sustainable Start-up Support Opportunity

  Aspiring North-East entrepreneurs hoping to kickstart their own sustainable businesses can still claim their share of £50,000 Sustainable Start-up Award funding. PNE Enterprise’s Sustainable Start-up Award is offering grants of up to £1,000 to businesses that support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by tackling environmental issues, reducing inequalities or improving health and …

David Grayson: Defining the Next Chapter of Business Sustainability

David Grayson CBE is the Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management, the leading UK university for business sustainability, and Chairman of the Board at Carers UK. From co-founding PNE Group, an initiative to support individuals across the North East to enter self-employment, David Grayson has proven himself not only as a business …

PNE Enterprise Pledges £50,000 to Support Sustainable Start-ups

  A new programme has been launched that will provide grants of up to £1,000 to sustainable start-ups based in Tyne and Wear. The Sustainable Start-up Award, managed by PNE Enterprise, will grant at least 50 Tyne and Wear businesses up to £1,000 to support with start-up costs. The programme, the first of its kind …

How Can We Improve the UK’s Innovation Performance and Increase Productivity?

According to a recent study, the UK has one of the highest numbers of high productivity firms, however, it still remains one of the lowest performing countries in terms of innovation and productivity – but why is this? This year’s annual State of Small Business Conference, hosted by the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), aimed to …

The PNE Group 2016 Annual Report

We are delighted to announce the release of the PNE Group 2016 Annual Report. The report gives us the opportunity to share news of the past year’s successes with members of the dynamic community in which the Group operates. It illustrates our major achievements in 2016, and brings to the fore the vital work that …

David Grayson CBE on Being a Working Carer

David Grayson CBE is a Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management and is Chair of Carers UK. In this guest post, he draws upon his caring experience and explains why employers should now consider the needs of working carers. James Ashwell was a 25 year-old strategy consultant with the global consulting firm Accenture when …

CSR Explained: Who needs enterprise support?

In your business’s CRS or social investment actions, the people on whom you focus support will probably be the first choice you make once you’ve identified the impact you want to create. You may already have a specific group in mind when deciding your objectives, but more often than not there is more than one …

Skills and Opportunities Supporting Entrepreneurship

  The Skills and Opportunities Fund is an initiative making a huge impact throughout communities across the UK and the Republic of Ireland including through providing opportunities for entrepreneurship to flourish. To date, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s Fund has distributed £4,965,904.64 to projects supporting disadvantaged groups, including charities, social enterprises, community groups, state-funded …

CSR Explained: Supporting Entrepreneurship

In the coming weeks, we’ll be exploring how individuals, businesses and communities overcome barriers to entrepreneurship. Whether you’re a sole-trader, SME or a multi-national corporation – everyone has a role to play in promoting a vibrant landscape of opportunities for the next generation of businesses. In this edition of CSR Explained in 3 Minutes we …

CSR Explained: Reporting on your Sustainability can Win you Sales

This week we read two stats that would catch the attention of any salesperson. A new report¹ released this week revealed sustainable procurement is dominating the supply-chain choices of big buyers in a way never seen before. Almost half of corporate supply-chain professionals reported their organisation now spent 75% or more of their budget on …

PNE Group Shortlisted for Northern Powerhouse Award

PNE Group are excited to announce they have been named on the shortlist for the The Northern Lights Awards in the ‘Northern Powerhouse Social Enterprise of the Year’ category. PNE Group face competition for the accolade from two other entrants to scoop the award, which will be announced on the 21st of February in Manchester, in …