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Business Growth and Investment Support

Business Growth and Investment Support

Advance Northumberland Business has an established track record as a provider of inward investment and business support services, as well as working with larger global brands in the county.

Advance Northumberland Business continues to provide comprehensive support to businesses across the County and are funded through a combination of operating profits from our commercial activities and external grant funding.

The Team are here to help businesses make the very most of the outstanding benefits that Northumberland has to offer. 

Our highly experienced team provides a single point of contact for business support enquiries and will design bespoke support packages that include:

  • invaluable practical advice
  • access to finance
  • property information
  • training and recruitment advice
  • supply chain connections
  • introductions to external support programmes

Advance Northumberland Business deliver a portfolio of growth, enterprise, digital skills and access to finance programmes across Northumberland and beyond including the North East Rural Growth Network and the North of Tyne Rural Business Growth Service.

We want businesses in Northumberland to succeed and grow here, so if there is anything we can do to help, then please contact a member of the Team.



Inward Investment

Inward Investment

Access:Northumberland

Access:Northumberland

The North of Tyne Rural Business Growth Service

The North of Tyne Rural Business Growth Service

Business Northumberland

Business Northumberland

Rural Design Centre Innovation Programme

Rural Design Centre Innovation Programme

Rural Growth Network

Rural Growth Network

Other business support

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 www.northeastfund.org  

The Business Energy Saving Team (BEST)

The Business Energy Saving Team (BEST)  is a project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by local Councils, which aims to reduce energy use and costs in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland.  BEST can provide your business with a fully-funded energy efficiency audit, designed to help you to identify ways that you can save energy in your day to day business operations, thereby saving you money and helping to reduce your carbon-footprint. The BEST programme may even be able to provide you with a grant to help cover the costs of improvements. So, you’ll reduce your running costs and be doing your ‘bit’ for the environment too. For more information or to apply, please visit www.best-ne.co.uk

NBSL - North East Business Support Fund

The new scheme from NBSL allows businesses to access up to 35% funding towards projects costing between £3,000 and £8,000, with a maximum grant of £2,800. Geographically, any business in the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) area of County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear can bid for the funding. The fund can be used for most forms of external expertise such as:

  • business growth planning
  • marketing
  • strategy development
  • change management
  • expansion planning
  • developing quality management systems
  • product development
  • accessing new markets
  • design costs

Capital purchases, printing and advertising costs cannot be funded. For further information please visit here.

The Business Clinic- Northumbria University

Northumbria University is keen to help businesses to address challenges that they face through the provision of free consultancy via its Business Clinic. The clinic was established to give final year and post-graduate students opportunities to get experience of problem solving in a real working environment. Businesses present the clinic with details of specific challenges that they face and will then task a group of four students to provide a solution with the support of a team of experts in Newcastle Business School. For further information click here.

Commercial Property Search

Commercial Property Search

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Meet the team

John Hildreth

John Hildreth

Head of Economic Growth

01670 528 463

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Gary Roe

Gary Roe

Business Growth & Investment Manager

01670 528 447

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Lucy Evermore

Lucy Evermore

Business Northumberland Programme Manager

01670 528 453

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Lois Brentnall

Lois Brentnall

Innovation Programme Manager

01670 719 917

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Jonpaul Heron

Jonpaul Heron

Delivery Manager

07773 099 519

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Denis Murphy

Denis Murphy

Business Growth & Investment Manager

07814 075 156

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Michael Harriott

Michael Harriott

Senior Growth and Investment Manager

01670 528 400

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Head office

Wansbeck Workspace
Rotary Parkway
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 8QZ

Opening hours

Mon - Thurs: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Fri: 8:30am - 4:30pm

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