PNE Enterprise Becomes Partner with StartUp Loans
With the ambition of opening doors for entrepreneurs aged 18 to 30 who have a great business idea, funding was made available to start-ups in the North East and Cumbria during 2013, successful applicants benefited from Virgin Money’s mentoring support and PNE Enterprise’s many years’ working specifically with young business people.
The Start-Up Loans scheme in the North East and Cumbria was delivered through a consortium including Virgin Money, Virgin Unite, The Northern Rock Foundation and PNE Group, with PNE Enterprise being the consortium partner responsible for arranging and making the loan.
PNE Group Appointed Grant Administrators for the Inspiring Enterprise Fund
From 2012 to 2015, PNE Group acted as grant administrators for RBS Group’s £14.8m Inspiring Enterprise Fund, which would eventually go on to inspire, support and enable 114,059 young people, 28,365 women and 5,349 social enterprises to consider self-employment. After the fund closed, PNE Group became grant administrators for the follow-on social investment scheme, the £7.5m RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund. PNE Group’s award-winning grant administration for the fund was the first of its kind, incorporating a ground-breaking new assessment process which provided over 3,400 organisations promoting enterprise and education opportunities within their communities with personalised feedback on how to improve their business models, become sustainable and increase their social impact.