We are delighted to announce the publication of the 2018 Annual Report, summarising the highlights of a very busy year for the Group. Sustainability is a key theme across PNE’s work, and the 2018 Annual Report illustrates our focus on championing sustainable businesses in the North East, nationally, and internationally.
What is the power of a social enterprise? 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. In our latest report we highlight the economic and labour force argument for social enterprises.
There are fast growing areas of opportunity for sustainably-focused businesses in the North East region. Our report, The Sustainable Economy: A North East Opportunity, highlights key areas of growth within the region’s sustainable economy, as well as a providing a host of information to support businesses seeking to develop into this area.
Part of our publication series, Unlocking the North East Productivity Puzzle, the report outlines the current productivity challenges faced by the North East, explores the contribution of business birth rate and survival, and provides recommendations for solutions that will support and nurture entrepreneurship within the region.
Part of our publication series, Unlocking the North East Productivity Puzzle, the report explores the current productivity challenges the North East faces, demonstrating a correlation between the management skills gap faced by the region and the productivity of its SMEs, and providing recommendations for solutions.
The last year has been another fantastic period of growth and achievement for the Group, as we have focused on promoting and enabling positive social and economic change throughout the world. Our efforts and accomplishments from the year have been outlined in our 2017 Annual Report.
Through business support, training workshops and funding schemes, PNE Enterprise have supported over 10,000 start-ups since 1980. Discussing their greatest business achievements, offering advice to aspiring entrepreneurs, and sharing how PNE Enterprise helped them on their start-up journey, this booklet offers a selection of some of the start-up success stories.
The report gives us the opportunity to share news of the past year’s successes with members of the dynamic community in which the Group operates. It illustrates our major achievements in 2016, and brings to the fore the vital work that our organisation plays to foster enterprise, both in the North East and around the world.
The year brought exciting developments for the group, which marked the launch of a new strategy, and the continued impact of a diverse portfolio of projects, supporting people to start small businesses, supporting small organisations to be more sustainable, and supporting large businesses to help small businesses.