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Building a team that’s fit for the future

Building a team that’s fit for the future

hedgehog lab is a global digital product agency based in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The company, which currently employs 45 people, recently began working with one of North East Ambition’s Skills Facilitators to plug skills gaps and futureproof the business. hedgehog lab’s People and Culture Lead, Aime Watson, shares what the experience has been like so…
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University’s mark of excellence to provide more support for startups, students and businesses across the North East

University’s mark of excellence to provide more support for startups, students and businesses across the North East

Northumbria University’s re-accreditation with the prestigious Small Business Charter Award means more startups, students and businesses across the North East can now benefit from expert support, advice and guidance to grow their business. Having first secured the accreditation in 2015, Northumbria University remains the only university in the North East to hold the Small Business…
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Innovative device could revolutionise how we diagnose diseases

Innovative device could revolutionise how we diagnose diseases

An innovative device could revolutionise the way we diagnose diseases, such as the newly emerged strain of coronavirus, COVID-19. To date, systems that diagnose from breath sampling have not proven to be reliable enough due to contamination, sample loss and variability issues. This pioneering invention resolves reliability issues so data collected closely resembles results from…
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COVID-19 Vaccine – Employer Toolkit

COVID-19 Vaccine – Employer Toolkit

Public Health England has developed a new COVID-19 Vaccine Employer Toolkit for businesses, so employers run an internal awareness campaign to help ensure employees get access to reliable and accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine. The toolkit includes: An employer briefing sheet Posters Vaccine fact sheet Q&A videos Videos Key messages and editorial copy Social…
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Overcoming challenges together through a Peer Network

Overcoming challenges together through a Peer Network

ABS Precision Ltd was founded in 2004 by Maurice Atherton, Brian Brooks and Dave Stott as a fast-turnaround precision machine shop. 15 years later, and the Newcastle-based business now employs more than 30 people, has grown from its original 5,000 square foot facility to nearly 20,000 square feet, and manufactures components for customers including Siemens…
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Northumberland farm B&B futureproofs technology during lockdown

Northumberland farm B&B futureproofs technology during lockdown

Wydon Farm B&B is situated on a National Trust working farm near Haltwhistle, Northumberland. In 2020 the first coronavirus lockdown led to the cancellation of all the bookings which had been taken for that period, with guests being given refunds or rescheduling their trips to the following year. Even when the B&B was able to…
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One year on from the coronavirus pandemic

One year on from the coronavirus pandemic

In conversation with: Ammar Mirza CBE, Chair of the Business Growth Board at the North East LEP; and Colin Bell, Business Growth Director at the North East LEP. To access free, impartial, one-to-one support and advice for your business, please visit www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk and book an appointment to speak to our Growth Hub Connect team. Backing…
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The science of a startup

The science of a startup

Hassan Mahmudul founded Scientistt Ltd, a networking site for the scientific research community, as he completed his studies at Durham University. Here, he explains what the first year of running his own business has been like. What are the circumstances that prompted you to start your own business? While I was studying for my MSc…
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