Our Unpaid Work Bias is Holding Back our Female Entrepreneurs

The untapped economic potential of female entrepreneurship represents a potential £1bn annual boost to the UK economy (Royal Bank of Scotland, 2017) and 150,000 additional new starts a year (Prowess Women in Business, 2018). It is widely reported women entrepreneurs often face more barriers to enterprise than their male counterparts. Data on gender difference within entrepreneurship …

Ten Businesses Make the Final of Shell LiveWIRE 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 …

PNE Enterprise Supports the Next Generation of Sustainable Entrepreneurs

Have a business idea that will help to create a more sustainable world? PNE Enterprise, part of PNE Group, is supporting the next generation of sustainable entrepreneurs through its recently-launched Sustainable Start-up Award. The scheme, open to individuals aged 18-30 and living within Tyne and Wear, is providing a unique offer of financial aid, supplying …

Lessons to Learn before Launching a Business

    Charlotte Parker is the Project Co-ordinator of Shell LiveWIRE UK, Shell’s flagship social investment programme, which supports young entrepreneurial talent in the UK to develop and grow. As Project Co-ordinator, Charlotte works closely with entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors with their applications for Shell LiveWIRE’s Smarter Future Award which grants one young …

PNE Enterprise Seeks Sustainable Start-ups

  Aspiring North-East entrepreneurs hoping to kickstart their own sustainable businesses can still claim their share of £50,000 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 wellbeing. Launched in …

PNE Group Publish North East Enterprise Report

PNE Group are pleased to announce the publication of our latest industry report, Unlocking the North East Productivity Puzzle: An Enterprise Solution. Part of our publication series, Unlocking the North East Productivity Puzzle, the report outlines the current productivity challenges faced by the North East, explores the contribution of business birth rate and survival, and …

Defining the Next Chapter of Business Sustainability by David Grayson

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 …

How Start-ups can Change the Future of Energy

  Karen Bellis is the Head of International Programmes at PNE Group where she works across the globe to support enterprise programmes that help start-ups to launch, innovate, and grow. In June, Karen attended the Financial Times Energy Transition Strategies Summit which explored the latest trends and issues impacting the global energy industry, and where …

Dawn Cranswick: Exit Interview

  After 25 years with the Group, our Chief Executive, Dawn Cranswick is moving on to take up a new role as Chief Executive for Economic Development on the island of St Helena, where she will work closely with the Government and private sector to support the island’s economic transformation ambitions. Susan O’Bey, Chief Secretary …

The PNE Group 2017 Annual Report

  We are delighted to announce the publication of the 2017 Annual Report, summarising the highlights of a very busy year for the Group. The last year has been another fantastic period of growth and achievement for the Group, as we have focused on promoting and enabling positive social and economic change throughout the world. …

PNE Enterprise Sponsors North East Celebration of Entrepreneurship

  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 …

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs this International Women’s Day

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a worldwide event that recognises and celebrates the achievements of women across the globe. On this day, we wanted to highlight the inspiring array of women which we have supported throughout the years to turn big business ideas into a reality. From vintage fashion stores to digital marketing consultancies …