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Webinars for using the UKCA marking and placing goods on the market in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Webinars for using the UKCA marking and placing goods on the market in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The UK now has its own robust regulatory framework for goods. Manufacturers need to start using the UK conformity assessment marking (UKCA) to place goods on the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). The UKCA regime seeks to ensure consumers are protected from unsafe, and non-compliant goods. There are different rules for Northern Ireland, and…
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Accessing innovation expertise within Newcastle University

Accessing innovation expertise within Newcastle University

Accessing innovation expertise within Newcastle University Chris Angus is the programme manager for Arrow, an innovation support programme.  He explains how the programme can give SMEs access to expertise and equipment within Newcastle University. The Arrow team works with North East SMEs to help them solve specific challenges where no off-the-shelf solution exists. Every project…
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Gaining confidence and contacts through a Peer Network

Gaining confidence and contacts through a Peer Network

Having worked in recruitment for more than 15 years, Maureen Brown founded specialist HR recruitment firm, Sullivan Brown Resourcing Partners Ltd, in 2013. With plans to expand the business, she joined a Peer Network for female leaders, hoping to gain confidence and a new network of contacts. Working in HR, I feel really comfortable talking…
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Building supportive relationships with other North East businesses

Building supportive relationships with other North East businesses

Janet Reveley founded Fit Training International in 2015 to deliver nationally-recognised qualifications for people who want to work in the fitness industry. She explains how joining a Peer Network in 2021 helped her continue to move her business forward during the pandemic. We focus on helping people get started with their own fitness businesses and…
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Meet the North East Growth Hub Connectors: Kami Kundi

Meet the North East Growth Hub Connectors: Kami Kundi

Meet the people who can help your business to grow Meet some of the North East Growth Hub’s Connectors: the business experts who can provide you with free, impartial advice on how to make your own business a success. The team can: help you access finance match you with a business mentor connect you with…
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NHS Test and Trace in the workplace

NHS Test and Trace in the workplace

What to do if you or someone you employ is required to self-isolate Businesses should: support workers if they are required to self-isolate support workers to follow the wider stay at home guidance to keep themselves and others safe continue targeted asymptomatic testing in high-risk workplaces display an NHS QR code poster and have a system for…
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Growth Hub expands following record year for business support

Growth Hub expands following record year for business support

The North East Growth Hub has expanded its team following a record year that saw the service offer support to more than 34,000 businesses. The North East Growth Hub exists to help micro, small and medium enterprises access the business funding and support they need to grow. Central to the service is a team of Growth Hub…
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North East businesses encouraged to apply for a natural environment investment readiness fund grant

North East businesses encouraged to apply for a natural environment investment readiness fund grant

About the natural environment investment readiness fund (NEIRF)  The natural environment investment readiness fund (NEIRF) supports the government’s goals in the 25 year environment plan, green finance strategy and 10 point plan for a green industrial revolution. It aims to stimulate private investment and market based mechanisms that improve and safeguard our domestic natural environment by helping projects get…
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Prime Minister confirms move to Plan B in England

Prime Minister confirms move to Plan B in England

The Prime Minister has confirmed that England will move to Plan B following the rapid spread of the Omicron variant in the UK. From Friday 10 December Face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not…
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