Executive Director of International Trade at the North East England Chamber of Commerce, Julie Underwood discusses how North East businesses can capitalise on a free online training programme, to position themselves for international success!

Innovation funding for SME’s and Social Enterprises working and based in Northumberland, Newcastle or North Tyneside is available now.

With over 120 applications already received from clients in Durham keen to access the North East Business Support Fund, NBSL are expecting demand to be high for this popular Fund.

With skills now taking its rightful place on the national agenda, NBSL are pleased to announce a 2nd year of the successful business support programme, Better Business Skills.  Following a successful first year of operation, the innovative programme has provided tailored plans that develop business skills for individuals and businesses across the North of Tyne region, thanks to funding from North of Tyne Combined Authority.

With hospitality and tourism businesses making final preparations towards re-opening and the North East reading itself for a boom in staycations in 2021, NBSL are urging businesses to take advantage of the latest skills sessions now available as part of NBSL’s Better Business Skills programme.


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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.

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