Erin Kinnee on Starting Up Smarter

Pictured: Erin Kinnee facilitates a discussion on accessing finance with young sustainability entrepreneurs at the Shell #makethefuture Accelerator, part of Make the Future London, Shell’s festival of ideas and innovation which took place in 2016.   Erin Kinnee is Energy and Sustainability Lead at PNE Group, responsible for the management and delivery of enterprise projects …

If We Can You Can Awards Shine a Light on North East’s Brightest Entrepreneurs

Last night, If We Can You Can celebrated the best and brightest of North East start-ups in an exciting award ceremony, which brought together the region’s finest budding entrepreneurs with enterprise experts and successful business minds. The event, hosted at the BALTIC, gave fourteen start-ups the opportunity to pitch their business in one minute to …

Hans Moller: Business Incubators Key to Innovation

Guest blog by Hans Moller, Innovation Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership Newcastle upon Tyne and the wider North East is recognised across the country as one of the UK’s leading innovation hotspots. But we need to be more and better than that. Innovation is helping us lead the way in sectors like …

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 …

7 Ways CSR can Support Your Business

So far in this blog, we’ve explored what CSR is and how to identify areas CSR could be used within your business. This week, we’ll be showing you the impact CSR can achieve in seven key areas of business development.   Sustainable scaling-up CSR can support you to overcome the challenges of scaling-up and expansion, …

Canny Milk: PNE Enterprise Business Secures National Supply Deal

Newcastle based Canny Milk, who received support from PNE Enterprise, have been selected to supply their healthy milkshake range to Virgin Trains. PNE Enterprise first met entrepreneur Liam Watson in November 2013, supporting him to secure a Start Up Loan and providing business mentoring to help him get his business, which was then called Natty …

Make the Future, London with Shell LiveWIRE UK

  Shell’s Make the Future initiative is aimed at inspiring the development of clean energy solutions by supporting some of the world’s smartest entrepreneurs and turning their bright energy ideas into action. This month, Shell celebrated its global initiative, #makethefuture, designed to inspire change through entrepreneurialism to help tackle the challenge of producing more and …

PNE Enterprise will support 20 NE businesses to ‘Get Growing’!

The 20 successful businesses will undertake a development programme designed to support growth, including services valued at approximately £2,000 per business. Every business on the programme will receive a personal business advisor, workshops and masterclasses by leading business professionals, networking opportunities, and 24 months access to online business support. In addition, the package of support …

A Call to Enterprise: We Need to Challenge the ‘Productivity Puzzle’

Its official – the UK economy needs businesses to increase efficiency. Recessions during the 80’s and 90’s saw productivity fast surpass pre-crash levels once the economy had found its feet again, yet since the 2007 crisis there has been a collective struggle to find new momentum. The UK’s ‘productivity puzzle’ is one of the most …

Enterprise Network Conference 2015

National Enterprise Network Conference 2015: 35,000 jobs have been created by new businesses supported by the network and the power of scaling-up The National Enterprise Network Conference is always a celebration of the great work on the frontline of enterprise, and this year proved no different – revealing the networks impact included 35,000 new jobs, …

Autumn Statement 2015: Enterprise Review

UK’s 2015 Autumn Statement strengthens the position of  small business enterprise but more support is needed The UK government’s Autumn Statement, published on November 25th, announced several strategic initiatives to promote the growth and sustainability of small firms. The government’s message of support was clear, however many small business owners will struggle to feel the …