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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 […]


Celebrating International Women’s Day

Uploaded by in Our Insight on March 8, 2016

“Deeds not words” shouted the suffragettes in 1903. Over a century later International Women’s Day is calling for gender parity. New words; same problem. But how does it link to successfully growing strong North East businesses? Research has proven that profitability, return on investment and innovation all increase […]


Lonely at the Top?

Uploaded by in Our Insight on February 22, 2016

It is often said in business that it’s lonely at the top. At NEL, we often talk to businesses that have one or two directors who founded a company and have grown it by trying to do as much as possible themselves. As the business grows they find […]


How £25M Invested from The North East Growth Fund has Impacted the North East

Uploaded by in Our Insight on February 3, 2016


Mighty Business Oaks Grow from Small Acorns

Uploaded by in Our Insight on November 26, 2015

The Journal’s recent 2015 North East Business Executive of the Year Awards dinner brought together a stellar cast of regional business luminaries who are driving the commercial success of many of our best-known firms. They are responsible for the employment of many hundreds, if not thousands, of people […]


Exporting for Growth

Uploaded by in Our Insight on November 2, 2015

As businesses continue to strive towards expansion, and especially now that we have the technology in place to allow ease of communications across the globe, now is a great time to look towards developing, or extending upon, your exporting strategy. As it stands, the North East is leading […]


Getting your Hands on the Export Ball

Uploaded by in Our Insight on October 22, 2015

The three Rugby World Cup fixtures held in Newcastle earlier this month provided a truly unforgettable spectacle, and its legacy is hopefully going to be much more than just a sporting one. High profile trade delegations from both New Zealand and South Africa took the opportunity to visit […]


Developing the Skills to Pay the Bills

Uploaded by in Our Insight on October 1, 2015

“The skills gap is the most significant problem businesses are talking to me about at the moment.” So said BBC business journalist Steph McGovern when she visited the region recently to talk to the North East Advanced Manufacturing Forum. And it’s not just the technical skills that you’d […]


Evolving to Avoid Extinction

Uploaded by in Our Insight on August 19, 2015

While not comparable in size to Durham Cathedral, The Sage or the Tees Transporter Bridge, the Literary and Philosophical Society of Newcastle is a regional icon that’s just as worthy of celebration. Founded in 1825 and tucked away near the eastern end of Westgate Road, the Lit & […]