NEPIC is delivering an ERDF-funded project to help SMEs to grow. Help will be given to SMEs in two areas: process sector market penetration and energy management. The north east of England has a large process industry cluster, ranging from chemical and petrochemical industries in Teesside to the pharmaceutical industry in Northumberland. Many of these companies are NEPIC members and will help regional SMEs to penetrate the process sector market by providing mentoring. Many companies have significant energy usage yet don't manage this as well as they could. This project will help companies understand their energy usage and how to manage it effectively.