The Design Council and the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) Ltd are working in partnership to deliver an exciting programme to help forward thinking businesses to stay ahead of the competition. Developed by the Design Council and supported by government, the Design Leadership Programme provides businesses with access to expert design support to help them develop and grow.

A Hexham business started up with funding from NBSL, has gained the approval of Dragon's Den Theo Paphitis on his Small Business Sunday network.

We all know the China market for specialist high quality goods and services is huge and growing- but it comes with significant difficulties and barriers. The Fast Track China team has removed these barriers with its company specific service creating a cost effective route to market an approach fully supported by the Chinese Government.

At NBSL we meet with lots of businesses and we're frequently asked what funding options are available to businesses in the North East. So we decided to pull together a Rough Guide to funding support in the North East – we hope you find it useful. We've also included some tips on how to keep up to date with the latest funding news.

HSBC have confirmed their commitment to supporting North East business growth by announcing a new SME fund which has £100m ringfenced to lend to businesses in the region in 2014.


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.

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