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Digital Union is the largest collective of creative and digital business operating in the North East.
Pathways to Innovation
Pathways to Innovation is a programme designed to help SMEs protect and commercialise new technologies, products, services and processes and access new markets.
Small Business Forum
An online business forum for SMEs to get help and support with filing taxes, paying taxes and with using digital services in general.
HM Revenue & Customs
Doing Business Guides
The Institute of Export & International Trade 'Doing Business Guides' are designed to advise and assist UK companies when looking to trade with and invest in opportunity-rich overseas markets.
Institute of Export and International Trade
Free adult courses
Are you looking to help your team to develop new skills while they’re working from home? Perhaps you want to help your employees look after their mental health and wellbeing during this challenging time?
National Innovation Centre for Data
The National Innovation Centre for Data helps organisations discover innovations offered by the explosive growth in digital data.
National Innovation Centre for Data
Supply Chain North East
Supply Chain North East works with businesses who want to diversify, broaden their customer base and unlock new market opportunities
NE Skills Engine
Developing courses that are driven by employers to increase productivity and prepare for participation in the Northern Powerhouse
NE Skills Engine
Pro bono legal, HR and financial advice
The SME Centre of Excellence is supporting SMEs in the North East through a range of approaches. Find out more.
SME Centre Of Excellence Ltd
Creative Fuse North East
Delivered through a truly unique partnership between the North East’s five universities – Newcastle, Durham, Northumbria, Sunderland and Teesside. Academics will work alongside industry, cultural organisations, ch
Creative Fuse North East
IT-Based Skills Development
IT training and networking events and support for North East business owners
Dynamo North East
Retrain, regain, retain
Retrain, regain and retain an older workforce through mid-life career reviews, courses and training.
National Careers Service
Fuller Working Lives
Gateshead College offer free training which is delivered through a partnership of colleges, training providers and specialists in business support.
Dynamo North East
Dynamo North East is a business-led organisation with the core mission of growing the North East tech economy through collaboration, innovation, skills and noise.
Its vision for the region is to have a world-class reputation as
The North East Cyber Protect Network
The North East Cyber Protect Network is comprised of officers from the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU) working in partnership with officers from each of our three North East Police Forces - Cleveland, Durham a
The North East Cyber Protect Network
The Business Recovery Programme - North Tyneside
The Business Recovery Programme offers quick-access, free and practical hands-on support for North Tyneside businesses to aid their recovery from the Covid19 pandemic. Here are some examples of how:
Digital – for examp
The Business Factory
The NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator gives businesses like yours the power to start, scale and succeed.
Business Northumberland is a team of specialists with a passion to help businesses across the North East to grow.
BIC IT Services
An affordable and fully managed IT service with state of the art IT infrastructure to support all of your digital and technology needs.
North East Business and Innovation Centre
Digital Catapult is the UK’s leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. It drives the early adoption of digital technologies to make UK businesses more competitive and productive to grow the country’s econo
Durham Digital Workforce
Thanks to the European Social Fund, East Durham College is now able to offer a wide variety of completely FREE digital training courses for businesses in the County Durham area.
There are many different digital courses on offer
East Durham College
Digital Boost is a partnership between BCG Digital Ventures and Founders4Schools, offering a platform for organisations in need to connect with volunteer digital experts.
Following on from the COVID-19 crisis, it was evident th
Digital Business Academy
Are you looking to launch a digital business or work at a high growth startup?
Tech Nation's Digital Business Academy have 80 bitesize courses that will give you everything that you need to succeed in the fast-growing tech
Digital Transformation Programme
Does your business focus on selling products and services to other businesses?
Have you traditionally relied on doing business face to face and building your networks offline?
Over the past 12 months, the way we do busi
Department for International Trade North East
Digital Skills Training
Unlocking Digital Skills for North East Businesses aims to support the development and upskilling of digital skills to existing workforces across a range of industries, with a particular focus on manufacturing.
University of Sunderland
Leading to Grow Programme: Managing Digital & New Technology Adoption
increase productivity through adopting digital and new technologies.
The programme will help small business owners to explore digital and new technologies suited to their business goals, and to develop the management capabiliti
Tech Nation empowers ambitious tech entrepreneurs to grow faster through growth programmes, digital entrepreneurship skills, a visa scheme for exceptional talent, and by championing the UK’s digital sector.
Digital Manufacturing Programme
Developed and delivered by the Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley (NETV), the Digital Manufacturing Programme has been created to support manufacturing organisations to experience, explore and adopt emerging technologies.
Sunderland Software City
The Skills Toolkit
Free digital and numeracy courses to build your skills.
North East Business Support Fund Masterclasses
A whole new range of sessions that will help support your business as it adapts to the pressure of changing COVID restrictions.
Digital Catapult Centre North East and Tees Valley
UK's leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, driving early adoption, making UK businesses more competitive and productive.
Coding, Design and Digital Marketing Skills
Offering training in tech, data, design, business, and other areas
Future Fifty Growth Programme
Future Fifty 8.0 is the UK’s leading late-stage growth programme, bringing together the country’s most successful tech companies to build a powerful network and problem-solve with peers.
With the help of the tech co
Business Factory - Business Growth support
100% funded 1-2-1 support and specialist consultancy helping businesses to grow and create jobs
Creative Fuse North East offers several strands of business innovation support, tailored to digital businesses, creative enterprises, artists, freelancers and beyond.
Northumberland Covid Business Response Programme
The Northumberland Covid Business Response Programme (NCBRP) is a new service for SMEs in the County that have been adversely affected by COVID-19.
A new Peer Network programme to help businesses in the North East recover from the impact of COVID-19.
North East Growth Hub
Digital Drive County Durham
Access grants of up to 40% towards the cost of digital technology projects with Digital Drive County Durham.
Gigabit Voucher Scheme
Through this scheme SMEs can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of full fibre connection, either individually or as part of a group project.
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Digital Drive Durham grant funding
Grants of up to 40% towards the cost of digital technology projects for eligible businesses in County Durham.
Crowdcube is a crowdfunding platform where a community of like-minded people pool their money and knowledge to back start-up, early and growth-stage businesses.
Do it differently fund Covid-19 round from Help Musicians
The Covid-19 round of the Do It Differently Fund recognises that musicians are having to work in innovative ways due to the restrictions around social distancing. This fund aims to do the following three things:
Offers a pac
Northern Accelerator Fund
Support for entrepreneurs who are embedded at the earliest stages in the universities' research-based spin-out companies
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
VocTech Seed 2021
Ufi's VocTech Seed 2021 will support projects with innovative ideas for solving real, practical problems in UK adult vocational learning.
They encourage ideas that have the potential to transform how vocational learning hap
Digital Skills for Growth
Employed people working in County Durham can get digitally upskilled with technical and creative skills through fully-funded online short accredited courses.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
27th - 27th January
Online Creative Business Surgeries
A chance to book an online 1-2-1 with business adviser Victoria Moodie who can give bespoke business advice to creative businesses and individual creative practitioners based in Sunderland. From remod
Online, Via Zoom
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Business Drop in Clinic
Back by popular demand the Drop In Clinics are returning in 2021! Join us for a 30 minute free virtual discussion available for local firms in and around County Durham.
A band of five experienced b
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
29th - 29th January
Online Workshop for Creative Businesses
At this challenging time, many creative businesses and organisations are looking to the future and considering how they adapt what they do. New enterprises are also looking to take advantage of new op
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join an introductory webinar on Tuesday 2nd February between 13:00 and 14:00, which will provide an overview of the programme, providing you with an opportunity to assess whether it’s right
An introduction to design with Canva
If you’re wanting to know how to start on the free online design tool Canva, then this is the ideal workshop for you. Spend 90 minutes understanding how to optimise your time in the tool, and id
10:00 am - 11:30 am
The North East’s Thriving Sectors – The Landscape
Hear from the North East’s trade associations leaders representing the chemical processing, automotive and digital sectors.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
19th - 19th February
24th - 24th February
16th - 16th March
24th - 24th March
Business survey to assess impact of Brexit and COVID-19
A new survey has been launched to find out how businesses in the North East have been impacted by Brexit and COVID-19.
14th January 2021
England lockdown - guidance for North East businesses
Find out how England's new lockdown measures impact North East businesses.
4th January 2021
3 MINUTE READ
New UK-EU trade agreement
Key points from the UK-EU trade agreement.
26th December 2020
5 MINUTE READ
The arrival of 5G and what it means for the North East
In conversation with Paul Butler, Chief Executive of the North East Automotive Alliance.
2nd December 2020
Business diversifies thanks to grant funding
Devine Media was established five years ago and provides digital advertising, web design and video production to SMEs
27th November 2020
How to use technology to improve productivity
More and more businesses are using tech solutions to reach customers and improve productivity and efficiency.
4th November 2020
What are the barriers to digital adoption for SMEs?
A new report shows some of the barriers to greater tech adoption amongst SMEs, and what actions are needed to overcome them.
Using digital to understand your customers
There is a range of free digital tools available to help businesses get under the skin of customers
2 MINUTE READ
How could Peer Networks help your business?
How could the new Peer Network programme help your business recover from the impact of COVID-19?
19th October 2020
New programme brings businesses together for recovery
Businesses in the North East are being invited to join a new business network programme.
16th October 2020
Recruiting an apprentice during COVID-19
Founder of Far North, shared with us how he has recruited an apprenticeship during the pandemic
13th October 2020
In conversation with Wubbleyou about remote working
In conversation with Mark Renney, Commercial Director of Wubbleyou, about remote working.
26th August 2020
So, you’re inspired to start a business?
Melissa Middleton from PNE Group explains how PNE Group has adapted its support to meet people's needs during the pandemic
7th August 2020
COVID-19 guidance for food and hospitality businesses
What precautions should food and hospitality businesses be taking to minimise risk?
2nd July 2020
North East LEP helps businesses rise to PPE challenge
North East Growth Hub’s Supply Chain North East programme helping regional businesses rise to UK-wide PPE demand.
11th June 2020
Why is communication so important during this pandemic?
Good communication is crucial to organisations during the pandemic. Here Gemma Graham from Robson Laidler tells us why.
7th May 2020
Digital technology to run your business during COVID-19
Globally there are new policies being put in place for business to continue operating and to keep employees safe.
30th March 2020
Why resilience planning is crucial during EU Exit
Dave Gibson of Blu Sky explains why resilience planning is crucial during Brexit and beyond
29th January 2020
Eight things to check if you export goods to the EU
How to make sure you can keep exporting after Brexit.
9th October 2019
North East Growth Hub welcomes new Connector
Former International Trade Advisor, Craig Harrison, appointed as Growth Hub Connector.
4th March 2019
Unleashing North East business potential through divers
Now, more than ever, businesses need to futureproof their existence and long term future.
25th February 2019
In conversation with EU Exit Data Protection Taskforce
What businesses need to do in the event of a no-deal Brexit to ensure they continue to be compliant with data protection law.
20th February 2019
Trade Mission Success Story: Discovery Design
Digital firm Discovery Designs shares its experience of joining an International Trade Mission with DIT
30th January 2019
Unlocking the North East’s Scale-up Potential
The Entrepreneurs’ Forum successful Scale-up Leader’s Academy is endorsed by the ScaleUp Institute
30th November 2018
North East Brexit Consensus
As negotiations continue, the North East Brexit Group restates the region's priorities.
5th November 2018
Real Mentoring Story: Partnerize
Will Goff, Director of US Customer Operations, explains how Growth through Mentoring inspired a move overseas.
30th October 2018
Our Apprenticeship Experience: Lookers
Matthew Clay, Group Qualifications Manager, and Kirsty Pickering, Apprentice Technician, discuss their experiences.
5th October 2018
Fuller Working Lives- Retain: ENGIE
Emma Bacon, HR Business Partner, talks about their Fuller Working Lives programme
9th August 2018
Fuller Working Lives- Retrain: Sunderland Software City
Find out how Sunderland Software City are retraining the older workforce for new careers in the Digital and Tech sector.
26th July 2018
Self assessment made easy
Want to complete your 2016-17 tax return and don’t know where to start? Let HMRC help.
30th January 2018
4 MINUTE READ
Mentoring: the importance of a good match
“Being a mentor has built my own confidence and given me an insight into other industry sectors...."
10th October 2017
Developing digital literacy to grow your business
Digital technology has vastly changed the workplace for all types of business, not just those in IT or the tech sector.
20th September 2017
6 MINUTE READ
Mind the skills gap
Cast a critical eye over your to understand how the skills present in your team make an impact.
1st September 2017
Eight secrets to worldwide sales success
The internet has made the whole world into a marketplace for a wide variety of products and services.
21st August 2017
Exporting tales: UK Heritage Rugs
Rural County Durham business UK Heritage Rugs has seen business soar after deciding to sell special designs overseas.
New International Trade Advisors to help your business
Work with North East Worldwide to take your business overseas
7th July 2017
Finding and using IP in your business
Businesses of all shapes and sizes should invest in intellectual property (IP), it's not just for big business.
24th May 2017
Make the most of your customers
It costs more to attract a new customer, than to sell more to an existing one - that's why upselling matters.
18th May 2017
6 MINUTE READ
Analysing your competitors to plan your next move
Identifying your competitors and understanding their strengths and weaknesses will help you to carve out your niche.
12th May 2017
9 MINUTE READ
Want to know what exactly innovation is? Read on...
21st April 2017
Doing business with the public sector
Finding and winning work in the public sector needs planning and organisation. Here's our guide.
3rd April 2017
7 MINUTE READ
Five digital trends that could change your business
These 5 digital technology trends could change the way you do business, no matter how large or small your business is.
22nd March 2017
How it affects me: The Apprenticeship Levy
It’s important for all businesses who employ people to know what the Apprenticeship Levy means for their business...
8 MINUTE READ
The fundamentals: finance and funding
Good financial management is the cornerstone of every business – without it, you can’t survive, and with it you thrive.
13th March 2017
3 ways to keep collaboration strong as your company exp
Growth is a good thing. But it can make working together more challenging...
8th March 2017
Marketing traditional businesses in a digital age
Even as a more traditional business, family run butchers Stirks have embraced social media wholeheartedly. We find out why...
28th February 2017
Food and drink,
4 things you need to profit from digital transformation
There are four basic things you need to consider when building the data foundation of your business
23rd February 2017
10 MINUTE READ
The fundamentals: sales and marketing
An introduction to all the principles of sales and marketing you need for your business.
30th January 2017
18 MINUTE READ
Government is open for business
If you’re one of the UK’s 5.4 million small businesses, find out how to become a supplier.
2nd December 2016
Making a marketing plan
Need to get your products and services in front of customers? A marketing plan is what you need.
30th November 2016
All about social media
Want to engage with social media but not sure what's right for you? Here's a lowdown.
24th November 2016
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