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For the two years up to March 2015, the Rural Growth Network (RGN) Business Support Programme tested how best to deliver support to existing and new businesses in a rural location.

Take a look at the animation below to find out more about how this pilot programme worked.


A report outlining the RGN Business Support Programme in more detail together with the key lessons learned will be available here soon.

New programmes of support are currently being developed and you can contact your local enterprise agency for more information. 
Alternatively, please ring this number for guidance as to who to contact: 0191 5166093


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NBSL are a North East Enterprise Agency offering a variety of free and subsidised support for eligible individuals and businesses. Our North East Business Support Fund offers up to 40% business improvement grants to SMEs. We offer free and subsidised services, events and support to Start up and existing rural SMEs and we offer start-up support and advice to individuals throughout Northumberland more>





 North East Local Enterprise Partnership

We drive economic growth in North East England by supporting businesses to create more and better jobs for everyone. Our goal is to help create an extra 100,000 jobs between 2014 and 2024. An ambitious target, but one we believe is achievable by working with our partners in the public and private sectors.

Our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) defines all of our activity. We developed it for Government on behalf of the North East in 2014. It is our roadmap to success. It creates a common ambition that is clearly defined, evidence-based, grounded and achievable. We win investment to support it and with partners champion the North East locally, nationally and internationally. The SEP sets out what we need to do to provide better support for Business Growth, Innovation, Skills and delivering better infrastructure across the North East. The SEP is based on in-depth economic analysis provided by external experts in their field. It will be revisited and updated during 2016 in order to assess progress so far and ensure focus for coming years. 

For more information take a look at the North East Growth Hub video.