The Power of Social Enterprise

  “The common perception that SMEs are more commercially viable than social enterprises is challenged by a series of indicators, which show social enterprises outperforming SMEs.” There are 471,000 social enterprises in the UK, employing 1.44 million people. These ventures are a power for good, both for our communities and our economy. PNE Group are …

Entrepreneurial Solutions = A Sustainable Future

Let’s make the North East the best place in the UK to start, run and grow a sustainable business! PNE Group supports the SDGs: an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership Two recent influential reports have brought into sharp focus the urgent need for all of …

Plastech: A Revolution in Plastic Waste

The construction industry accounts for 60% of the UK’s materials use and creates 33% of its waste*. Plastech Innovation have developed a unique technology which repurposes plastic waste into aggregate for use in construction materials. This provides a scalable solution which has the potential to revolutionise one of the world’s most environmentally impactful industries and …

The Sustainable Economy: A North East Opportunity

“The transition to a low-carbon economy is creating a real buzz in the North East.” Mark Bidwell, Bidwell Management Systems   Did you know 66% of global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable goods?   PNE Group are pleased to announce the publication of our latest report, The Sustainable Economy: A North East Opportunity. Growing …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Karen Bellis: 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 …

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 …

PNE Group Founder Launches New Book in Support of Working Carers

David Grayson CBE, Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cranfield University, and one of the founders of PNE Group, has released a new book which draws on his personal experiences, and explains why employers need to change their attitudes to employees with caring responsibilities.  ‘Take Care: How to be a Great Employer for Working Carers’ is …

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 …