Our Purpose and Values

We’ve come a long way since we first challenged the troubled economic landscape of the North East in 1980, growing into an organisation that has supported over 10,000 businesses to start-up, 80,000 individuals with their professional development, and worked in over 55 countries. Yet what hasn’t changed is our commitment to developing the potential of people, organisations and communities throughout the world to make a positive impact on the social and economic landscape, and to empower individuals to change their lives through enterprise.


Our Purpose

Our organisation is driven by a purpose: to promote positive social and economic change.

Our purpose is achieved using the skills, knowledge and resources established over 35 years practising enterprise development to:

  1. Support people to start a business
  2. Support organisations to grow
  3. Support large businesses to help small businesses

We collaborate with businesses and individuals who share our ambition of promoting positive change, together enabling real, positive social and economic impact on a personal, local, national or international scale.


Our Values

Our five values define who we are and what we stand for. They inform the work we do, and contribute to our success and that of our clients.

We believe in the importance of:

  • Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Stewardship
  • Respect, in our conduct and in our approach to the diverse contexts we work within
  • Company and staff development

We operate all project management in accordance with tightly controlled ISO 9001 certificated processes and SMART criteria, ensuring our work is delivered to specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound specifications. In addition, we are Investors in People (IiP) accredited for our focus on managing and developing our people.