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Engineering the Future with a Female Workforce

Uploaded by in Our Insight on June 22, 2017

Today is International Women in Engineering Day, an annual celebration of the amazing work done by thousands of women in engineering roles across the globe. From the inventor of the Coston Flare to the first Briton in space, women in engineering have been inventing, innovating and inspiring for […]


Demystifying Innovation – Guest Blog from Estelle Blanks, Innovation SuperNetwork

Uploaded by in Our Insight on April 25, 2017

The deputy director of the Innovation SuperNetwork, Estelle Blanks, explains just what innovation really is, and how it can be used in businesses which are growing and scaling. What is innovation? The North East’s own Professor Roy Sandbach sums up innovation by describing it as “matching what is […]


A Meeting With: Jane Siddle, Investment Executive at NEL Fund Managers Limited

Uploaded by in Our Insight on February 28, 2017

Investment executive Jane Siddle on the things she enjoys about her job and her life outside of work. What is the best thing about your job? I’m in a very fortunate position at NEL in that I’m given a constant opportunity to meet inspiring SME owner managers. The […]


No (Wo)Man is an Island

Uploaded by in Our Insight on October 27, 2016

I’m sure everyone running their own business at times feels the isolation of the big job. In fact, recent research by Close Brothers Asset Management shows that many business owners lie awake fretting about how best to develop their business. Underlying this problem is that so few business owners have […]


Seizing the Opportunities of Brexit -Part 4

Uploaded by in Our Insight on August 8, 2016

In this series of blogs, we will address some of the issues faced by growing owner managed businesses in the brave new world of the UK leaving the EU. What the future holds remains uncertain, however there’s steps you can take to ensure your business is ready to […]


Seizing the Opportunities of Brexit -Part 3

Uploaded by in Our Insight on July 28, 2016

In this series of blogs, we will address some of the issues faced by growing owner managed businesses in the brave new world of the UK leaving the EU. What the future holds remains uncertain, however there’s steps you can take to ensure your business is ready to […]


Seizing the Opportunities of Brexit – Part 2

Uploaded by in Our Insight on July 14, 2016

In this series of blogs, we will address some of the issues faced by growing owner managed businesses in the brave new world of the UK leaving the EU. What the future holds remains uncertain, however there’s steps you can take to ensure your business is ready to […]


Seizing the Opportunities of Brexit – Part 1

Uploaded by in Our Insight on July 11, 2016

In this series of blogs, we will address some of the issues faced by growing owner managed businesses in the brave new world of the UK leaving the EU. What the future holds remains uncertain, however there’s steps you can take to ensure your business is ready to […]


Raising Finance Needs Maths and Gut Feel

Uploaded by in Our Insight on May 4, 2016

When raising finance for your business, it probably goes without saying that there’s a certain amount of maths involved. Any professional provider of finance is going to ask you how you arrived at the amount of finance you’ve requested. The number is usually derived from a cash flow […]


Apprenticeships Make Perfect Business Sense

Uploaded by in Our Insight on March 14, 2016

We’ve all heard plenty on the governments push for SMEs to take on apprentices. It makes sense of course – allowing smaller businesses to increase their workforce at minimal cost, whilst in turn reducing the overall unemployment rate of young people. Yet, from our conversations with some of […]