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 …

Charlotte Parker: Lessons 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 …

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 …

If We Can You Can: PNE Enterprise Sponsors 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 …

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 …

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 …

RBS Announces Skills & Opportunities Fund Winners

40 community organisations are expected to receive a combined boost of £1.25m – all thanks to the Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) Skills & Opportunities Fund. The 40 winning organisations from across the UK and Ireland were among 742 that applied to gain funding for community projects that support people in disadvantaged communities to gain …

Our Digital Enterprise Support is a Success

  PNE Enterprise’s digital commitment to start-ups and SME’s it serves. In April last year, PNE Enterprise announced the launch of an exciting new digital enterprise service that would deliver their expert support services to even more businesses. Introducing the service was a statement of PNE Enterprise’s commitment to start-ups and SME’s it serves. The …

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 …

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 …