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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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An introduction to responsible finance

An introduction to responsible finance

What is responsible finance? Responsible finance is about ensuring people and communities can access funding in a clear and transparent way. Responsible finding providers – also known as Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) – are purpose driven financial organisations that aim to bring about economic and social change to the people and places they support….
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Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

As of 01 July 2021, the level of grant paid to employers through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for hours not worked reduced. This means employers who have furloughed staff are now required to contribute towards the cost of furloughed employees’ wages. From 01 July 2021, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will pay 70% (up…
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What is Innovation?

What is Innovation?

By Alan Welby, Innovation Director at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership For many people, when they hear the word innovation, they think about the Perseverance rover landing on Mars, self-driving cars, or SpaceX. And they’d be right; they are all excellent examples of innovation. But innovation doesn’t have to be a huge step into…
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“It’s a win-win situation for the business and for the trainees”

“It’s a win-win situation for the business and for the trainees”

A new government scheme offers employers funding to create six-month placements for young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Rob Dodds, Apprentice Coordinator at automotive manufacturer Unipres, explains what the process of recruiting Kickstart trainees has been like, and what they bring to the business. Why did Unipres decide to get involved in…
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