1985

Enterprise centre

 

PNE Group opens the Newcastle Youth Enterprise Centre

In 1985, PNE Group opened the world’s first youth enterprise centre in Newcastle to provide a comprehensive service to young people thinking of starting their own business. It helped to start 478 young businesses in its first five years. One staff member commented, “PNE started out in 1980 to provide innovative solutions to the region’s high unemployment problem, following the demise of its heavy industries. The outlook then for young people was particularly gloomy, and improving their prospects was a real focus for PNE.”

 

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