We've worked with thousands of North East businesses.

Friendly one to one start-up mentoring - grants and masterclasses for new and established businesses - training for businesses and individuals.

We've helped over 9000 people to explore their business idea.

Over 3000 of them have gone on to plan their business start-up with us, leading to almost 2000 new business starting up.

85% of businesses started with our help are still trading after one year.

We've supported over 12,000 businesses to grow and develop.

More than 8,500 businesses have accessed our funding programmes - between them, they've received £7.3m of grants.

North East businesses have created 3,300 jobs as a result of our support.

Our team have identified the skills needs of over 2,800 businesses.

And over 1300 businesses have trained their staff with NBSL - that's almost 5000 people who've developed their business skills.

Our training has helped 1,000+ individuals achieve accredited qualifications.


And our help makes a real difference.

We get unbelievable feedback from our clients and our customer satisfaction rating is over 97%.

"NBSL make the process as straightforward as possible, staff are friendly and helpful with a genuine desire to help small businesses."

"Once you've applied, they do what they say they will do and are prompt, experienced knowledgeable and friendly."

"Supportive and friendly staff provide guidance and understand the pressures of business and time management."


We're also supported and accredited by a number of key organisations:

Our team

Meet the great people who make everything happen.

Ros Smith NBSL

Ros Smith

Finance and Programmes Director

Lynne Graham NBSL

Lynne Graham

Contract Finance Controller

John King NBSL

John King

NE Business Support Manager

Susan Matthews NBSL

Susan Matthews

Quality and Business Development

Joy Gair NBSL

Joy Gair

Business Funding Adviser

Jonathan Barnes NBSL

Jonathan Barnes

Business Funding Adviser

John Atkinson NBSL

John Atkinson

Business Funding Adviser

Mick Johnson NBSL

Mick Johnson

Account Manager

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James Hayton

Funding and Compliance Manager

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Stephen Thompson

Contracts and Compliance Officer

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Kelly Vout

Contracts and Compliance Officer

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Alan Halliday

Funding and Compliance Officer

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Cheryl Charlton

Funding and Compliance Officer

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Rachel Frazer

Funding and Compliance Officer

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Stephen Lumley

Contracts and Compliance Officer

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Vicki Savage

Contracts and Compliance Officer

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Tony Moore

Contracts and Compliance Officer

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Sarah Jane Jamieson

Contracts and Compliance Officer

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Val Henderson

Contracts and Compliance Officer

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Carol White

Contracts and Compliance Manager

Providers

Register your business as an NBSL provider and stay up to date with the latest funding information.

If you provide business support services like marketing, business planning, human resources or financial planning find out how you could register with us to offer a grant of up to £3200 to your clients for work that you do for them.

Find out more

Our Programmes

From start up to growth.

Our unique support programmes can provide help no matter what stage your business is at.