Business Growth

Growing local business

Business Growth

Our Business Growth programme aspires to create more and better jobs through a dynamic and entrepreneurial economy that enables businesses to thrive and grow.

The Business Growth Board has developed a package of support to help more businesses scale up.

North East Growth Hub

An online platform to help micro, small and medium enterprises access the business funding and support they need to grow. Visit the North East Growth Hub.

Business support provider network

Designed to stimulate new thinking and collaboration, the business support provider network  provides the platform for business support providers to come together, increase awareness of what’s on offer, identify opportunities to work together and to share best practice.

Growth through mentoring

The North East LEP recognises the importance of supporting businesses to scale – growing businesses are central to the health of the region’s economy.

One of the key barriers which business leaders face when it comes to growing their business is the ability to develop leadership skills and access to mentors who have experience of successfully scaling a business themselves.

Find out more on the Growth through Mentoring page.

Growth through finance

The North East LEP provides access to the finance required to grow through:

Finance for Business North East: £140million finance channelled through seven investment funds designed to provide access to the capital required to grow. To find out more about these funds, please visit North East Finance.

Access to Debt Finance: we work in partnership with Rangewell, helping businesses to identify the most competitive deals from a panel of 300 debt finance providers.

To find out what finance is available to support your business to start or grow please visit the North East Growth Hub.

Growth through talent and leadership

Access to the talent and expertise required to grow.

Enterprise Mentoring: providing facilitated access to high quality and experienced business mentors.

CAPTURED: interactive and inspirational peer-to-peer leadership development programme for micro and small businesses, delivered in partnership with Newcastle University Business School.

Growth through export & international trade

Encouraging and enabling more businesses to trade internationally – a programme of events, mentoring and funding delivered by corporate partners and the Department for International Trade.

Rural growth network

The North East Rural Growth Network spans Northumberland, Durham and Gateshead and aims to stimulate economic growth and create jobs in rural locations. Capital funding for business growth is available for businesses located in rural locations.


Find out more about any part of the Business Growth programme by contacting our Business Growth Programme Manager, Dinah Jackson.

Business Growth News

Thu 5th Oct, 2017

Scaleup North East gathers momentum with recruitment drive

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Thu 17th Aug, 2017

North East businesses invited to learn from John Lewis success

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Thu 20th Jul, 2017

£5 million industrial units development given the green light

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