Business Support

Continuing to provide comprehensive support to businesses across the county

Helping ambitious businesses to grow

There are a range of services that provide advice, guidance and support to help you grow and develop your business in Northumberland. We have an established track record as a provider of business support services, as well as working with larger global brands in the county. We are funded through a combination of operating profits from our commercial activities and external grant funding.

Through our extensive support portfolio of growth, enterprise, digital skills and access to finance programmes, our highly experienced team will design bespoke support packages that include: invaluable practical advice; access to finance; property information; training and recruitment advice; supply chain connections; and introductions to external support programmes.

We support businesses at all stages of their growth journey with our broad range of services. We offer expert one-to-one business support, events, specialist programmes, funding and much more. Better still, most of our support is fully funded and is provided at no direct cost to your business.

Whether you're starting or growing, have a look below at the different services we offer.

How we can help

Advance Northumberland Business in numbers

Some of our business support programmes have now stopped delivering

Business Northumberland, The Rural Design Centre Innovation Programme and The Rural Business Growth Service have now stopped delivering and other support programmes are avaliable. To find out more about available business support, please email and you can still register to free upcoming networking events via the button below.

Networking events

External business support

In addition to support offered by the Advance Northumberland business teams, there is a range of external support and grants avaliable

The North East Fund

The North East Fund is a £120m investment programme available to SMEs across Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear. Businesses relocating to the area may also be eligible. There are five funds – each with a different investment focus to suit the needs of SMEs depending on the sector in which they operate and where they sit on the growth curve. For more information please visit  

North Of Tyne Innovation Recovery Grant

Offering 50% funding for projects totalling £10k-£20k, this grant aims to enable green and sustainable recovery. It’s open to businesses across Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle.

For more information please visit the North of Tyne Combined Authority Website.

Challenge North Of Tyne

Challenge North Tyne brings communities and industry together to bring about solutions for healthy ageing, decarbonization of homes and 5G. Successful ideas will receive up to £5k in prototype funding to develop impactful ideas, and take part in a co-design programme to rapidly develop and test solutions with end-users and potential customers. 


For more information, please visit Innovation Super Network's website.

Businesses we have supported

We will Advance Northumberland's economic prosperity, regenerate communities, improve livability and create a more connected and aspirational County

Get in touch to see how we can support you and your business.

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