Will You Support Sustainable Business?

SSA PNE Enterprise

Can a business change the world? The entrepreneurs we work with are taking on that challenge, making a positive impact on the environment and the communities they work with. And now we want to invite you to work with them…

We believe big change, from climate action to reducing poverty, is only possible by harnessing the innovative, disruptive ideas (and passion!) of entrepreneurs. Since 2017, we have been developing and delivering a unique package of support for start-ups in the North East who are making a positive contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals; helping them to start and grow impactful businesses via coaching, workshops, events and access to finance.

To date, the Sustainable Start-up Award has funded 17 businesses and supported 25+ social entrepreneurs who are creating real, meaningful change in local communities and, with your help, we can support more.

“The Sustainable Start-up Award has helped me fund the business myself, keeping it 100% privately owned. This gives me the freedom to continue to build Hirestreet in line with my vision.”

Isabella West, Founder of Hiresteet

Already excited? See you can get involved below…


What are the benefits of supporting our programmes?

Win Work

Businesses are transforming their supply-chains by implementing sustainable sourcing  in their procurement activities, supporting our programmes can set your business apart.

Drive Sales

Did you know 66% of global consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable goods? Showing your positive social impact can help capture this market.


Create good news stories, gain positive PR for your business and demonstrate your brand values to stakeholders.


Develop a responsible supply-chain by connecting with innovative, impactful start-ups.


Set your business apart in a competitive labour market and improve staff engagement by working with entrepreneurs making a positive impact in their communities.


Implementing sustainable practices can support cost reduction through minimising waste and generating innovative ways to repurpose materials.

Our society is facing challenges…

Global waste production is set to increase 70% by 2050, more than one in five people in the UK are living in poverty, and air pollution kills 40,000 people a year in the UK – these are just some

examples. The UN Sustainable Development Goals identify sixteen objectives for a better world, highlighting the challenges our societies currently face. 

…and PNE entrepreneurs are providing solutions.


Sustainable Start-up Award

Meet the PNE entrepreneurs making a difference in your communities:


Scott Bush: Plastech Innovation

Supporting the construction industry to improve its environmental impact, Durham based Plastech have developed a technology which transforms waste plastics into an eco-friendly, high-performance construction sand, that can be used in the production of concrete.

Learn about Scott’s business >


Isabella West: Hirestreet

Described by Vogue as ‘every fresher’s answer to sustainable fast fashion’, Hirestreet is an online clothes hire service, which helps customers to reduce the amount of textile waste they would create through purchasing garments.

Learn about Isabella’s business >


Andy Walton: SWIRL

SWIRL is a business changing the conversation on mental health by offering a range of services supporting people to manage day-to-day anxiety and wellbeing challenges. Started by a qualified practitioner, SWIRL publishes a magazine, delivers workshops and facilitates a membership network in the UK and the US.


Jess Miller: BIND

BIND is a Newcastle-based social enterprise delivering innovative projects which tackle the problem of food waste. These include Magic Hat Café and retail business Ugly Duckling, which rescue food destined for landfill, as well as an education programme for young people.


How to get involved?

Whether you’re ready to come on board or are simply curious to learn more, we’re happy to discuss what value you want to create for your business or what challenges are important to you and your organisation. We’re here to talk, and there are many ways to get involved.


To find out more, get in touch with Billie Jenkins today for a chat at billie.jenkins@pne.org or on 07789073287.