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Companies urged to file accounts early and online to avoid delays

Companies urged to file accounts early and online to avoid delays

Businesses due to file accounts with Companies House by the end of September are being urged to use online services where possible and allow plenty of time before the deadline. September is always a busy time with many companies due to file accounts with Companies House before the end of the month. Companies House is…
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Joe Dickson, 20, Kickstart trainee at Unipres

Joe Dickson, 20, Kickstart trainee at Unipres

20-year-old Joe Dickson is working as part of the Quality Assurance team at Unipres – a global company which has a plant in Sunderland, manufacturing parts for the car industry. He got his role through the Kickstart Scheme, which offers six-month work placements for people aged 16 to 24, who are currently on Universal Credit….
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Ehsan Izadi, 20, Kickstart trainee at Unipres

Ehsan Izadi, 20, Kickstart trainee at Unipres

20-year-old Ehsan Izadi is working as part of the Quality Assurance team at Unipres – a global company which has a plant in Sunderland, manufacturing parts for the car industry. He got his role through the Kickstart Scheme, which offers six-month work placements for people aged 16 to 24, who are currently on Universal Credit….
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In conversation with Toby Bridges, Executive Chair, The NBT Group and Business Growth Board member at the North East LEP, about the importance of digital adoption in driving operational efficiency

In conversation with Toby Bridges, Executive Chair, The NBT Group and Business Growth Board member at the North East LEP, about the importance of digital adoption in driving operational efficiency

How has the pace of digital adoption in the manufacturing sector impacted the work you do? I chair The NBT Group, a supply chain management company that works closely with manufacturing businesses across the region and beyond. We’ve been working with our clients on automation for at least the last five years. We’ve created and…
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How and when to use the NHS COVID-19 Pass

How and when to use the NHS COVID-19 Pass

The NHS COVID Pass lets members of the public share their coronavirus vaccination records or COVID-19 test status in a safe and secure way. From Monday 19 July, some businesses may require visitors/customers aged 18 and over to demonstrate their COVID-19 status as a condition of entry to a venue or event. Children under 18…
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Thinking global: lessons from a North East tech success story

Thinking global: lessons from a North East tech success story

Newcastle-based ZeroLight is revolutionising how people purchase cars, developing advanced digital vehicle configurators and a CGI content production platform that personalise the car-buying experience and allow people to customise and explore vehicles in true-to-life detail. Founded in 2014, the business now employs more than 140 people globally and works with some of the biggest car…
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ZeroLight – the business revolutionising global car sales

ZeroLight – the business revolutionising global car sales

‘Global North East: Driving growth in North East trade and exports’ is a new report published by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership – in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and North East England Chamber of Commerce – that outlines how the region can build its competitiveness, drive higher productivity, and create more and better jobs by…
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New government-backed business support programme aims to increase digital technology adoption in North East manufacturing sector

New government-backed business support programme aims to increase digital technology adoption in North East manufacturing sector

A new business support programme aimed at helping manufacturing SMEs in the North East increase digital technology adoption, innovation and skills has launched in the region. Made Smarter Adoption North East connects manufacturing businesses to digital tools that can transform the way they work. The programme, which is backed by government, aims to drive growth…
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Three types of innovation explained

Three types of innovation explained

Alan Welby, Innovation Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) is responsible for encouraging innovation within the region, with the aim of building a more productive economy and creating more and better jobs. Here, he outlines the three main ways businesses can apply innovation to what they do. The simplest way…
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Osbit gets to grips with global export markets

Osbit gets to grips with global export markets

‘Global North East: Driving growth in North East trade and exports’ is a new report published by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership – in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT) and North East England Chamber of Commerce – that outlines how the region can build its competitiveness, drive higher productivity, and create more and better jobs by…
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Step 4 in government’s roadmap out of lockdown

Step 4 in government’s roadmap out of lockdown

England has moved to Step 4 in the government’s roadmap out of lockdown (as of Monday 19 July), which sees the majority of COVID-19 guidance and legal restrictions removed. What do the changes mean for North East businesses? All remaining closed businesses and venues, such as nightclubs, will be able to reopen All capacity limits…
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Debt finance

Debt finance

What is debt finance? Debt finance is when a business borrows money – this could be in the form of a loan, or an overdraft – and agrees to pay it back, with interest, over a period of time. What are the advantages to debt finance? Debt finance provides a straightforward and simple way for…
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