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Outside investments crucial to helping Royston power on

Uploaded by in Success Stories on November 1, 2017

The role of outside investment in helping a specialist North East engineering firm win contracts around the world has been praised by its management team. Royston Power Generation sells, installs, maintains, services and repairs diesel engines for a wide range of domestic and overseas blue chip clients in […]


Scaling your business through mentoring

Uploaded by in Our Insight on October 27, 2017

As a provider of growth capital to ambitious businesses, we’re strong advocates of sustainable business growth. Our team see scores of business plans every year from business owners striving for just that, and equally we see the impact that growth then has on the local economy. However, we […]


Warmseal getting fit for the future with new installations team

Uploaded by in Recent Investments on October 16, 2017

One of the best-known names in the North East home improvement industry is creating 12 jobs after setting up its own skilled installation team. Warmseal has been one of the North East’s largest suppliers and installers of windows, doors, and conservatories for more than 25 years, and provides […]


Evaluagent making the right calls with new contract wins

Uploaded by in Success Stories on September 7, 2017

A specialist North East software developer is casting its gaze across the Atlantic after picking up four major new contracts and increasing its annual turnover by 20 per cent in the last year. EvaluAgent designs software solutions for contact centres which use ‘gamification’ techniques to help ensure customers […]


New products in pipeline as Orcalight shines on Blue Planet once again

Uploaded by in Success Stories on September 4, 2017

A specialist North East manufacturer is looking to build on its international underwater success by targeting new markets with new products. Orcalight manufactures the world’s most powerful dive light, which is the main light to have been used in the filming of the BBC’s forthcoming landmark natural history […]


How to become a scale-up nation

Uploaded by in Our Insight on August 24, 2017

“Competitive advantage doesn’t go to the nations that focus on creating companies, it goes to nations that focus on scaling companies” – Sherry Coutu CBE Defining scaling companies Scaling is achievable by any type of business; of any age, size and industry sector. While there are several analytical […]


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 […]


Career Investment for Mark with Move to NEL Fund Managers

Uploaded by in NEL News on May 25, 2017

Regional fund management NEL Fund Managers has added three decades of financial industry experience to its team with the appointment of Mark Wharton. Mark has joined NEL as a portfolio executive after almost 30 years with the Co-operative Bank in the North East, the last 25 of which […]


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 […]


Clifford James Consultants in Top Gear After Growth Fund Investment Exit

Uploaded by in Success Stories on April 18, 2017

A Northumberland firm that specialises in a niche area of motoring and insurance law is in the fast lane towards becoming a UK-wide operator after exiting from a six-figure investment from the Finance For Business North East Growth Fund. Clifford James Consultants Ltd (CJC) is one of the […]