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£40,000 boost for North East retirement saving trials

£40,000 boost for North East retirement saving trials

THE Department for Work and Pensions has today announced a £40,000 funding boost in the North East to help people take stock of their health, skills and wealth as part of later life planning. With the pandemic impacting people’s lives in different ways, many will already be reviewing their current situation – including those wanting…
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North East social enterprises join forces through a Peer Network

North East social enterprises join forces through a Peer Network

Addictions UK is a national organisation headquartered in the North East. It’s a social enterprise which was established in 2004 and helps people to recover from addictions including drug and alcohol dependence and behavioural addictions such as gambling.  The organisation grew out of a two-year pilot project which focused on using coaching to overcome addiction…
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Taking stock: helping older employees take control of their futures

Taking stock: helping older employees take control of their futures

Businesses in the North East are being encouraged to help employees who are aged 50 or over take stock of their skills, health and finances. Michelle Rainbow, Skills Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), explains how providing the right range of support for employees can boost productivity and result in a healthier,…
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Investing in a sustainable future

Investing in a sustainable future

Investing in a sustainable future through apprenticeships The Liebherr Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery, employing nearly 50,000 colleagues globally. The Group’s Sunderland site is part of its maritime division, manufacturing maritime cranes for use in port environments on ships and offshore rigs. Liebherr-Sunderland Managing Director, Ralph Saelzer, explains how…
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Delivering apprenticeships during COVID-19

Delivering apprenticeships during COVID-19

Abigail Cook joined NEL Fund Managers in 2017 as a Level 2 Administration Apprentice. On completion of her Level 2, Abigail immediately progressed to Level 4, which she successfully completed during the coronavirus pandemic. Yvonne Gale, Chief Executive Officer of NEL Fund Managers, and Abigail Cook, Investment Associate at NEL Fund Managers, discuss the impact…
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Supporting staff wellbeing during COVID-19

Supporting staff wellbeing during COVID-19

A recent survey by the North East Growth Hub found a current concern for North East businesses is the effect the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is having on staff health and wellbeing. After the easing the restrictions during summer 2020 saw many businesses return to some sort of normality, the introduction of more regional and national…
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Business survey to assess impact of Brexit and COVID-19

Business survey to assess impact of Brexit and COVID-19

The beginning of 2021 has been a challenging start to the year for many businesses. England entered another national lockdown at the end of December, and the UK’s exit from the EU on 31 December brought new rules and regulations impacting all businesses that operate in the European Union. Because of this we have launched…
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The transition period has ended and new rules are here.

The transition period has ended and new rules are here.

The transition period has ended and the UK has left the EU customs union and single market and now enjoys a zero tariffs, zero quotas relationship with the EU as an independent trading nation. Act now to keep your business moving Following the signing of the UK – EU Free Trade Agreement, there are new rules…
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