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Help available for North East businesses as we emerge from lockdown

Created on Tuesday, 25th Aug 2020

Help available for North East businesses as we emerge from lockdown

A fully funded package of support has been developed to specifically help North East based SMEs as we slowly emerge from lockdown.

The Supply Chain North East programme has developed a training package to help businesses put themselves in a more secure position, stay strong, recover faster and build for the future.

The RE:CHARGE programme, which starts in September 2020, is a brand new package of support that will arm businesses with the skills and knowledge needed to form solid sales strategies and build strong relationships with potential new clients.

Eligible companies will benefit from 12 hours of business development support and training to ensure they are set fair and recharged to come out of the current situation stronger.

Delivered by partner organisations that span the region’s key sectors, the Supply Chain North East programme works to enable growth opportunities and business diversification by supporting small and medium sized companies through training and mentoring.

Glen Kelly, who delivers SCNE support at partner organisation, NEPIC, said:

“It’s important that businesses use this time to review their current workings and strategies - and how this programme can support them on this journey to ensure they weather the storm.”

“Taking part in the RE:CHARGE programme couldn’t be easier. Companies can simply contact me to express their interest. Once a short diagnostic exercise has been completed to ensure eligibility, then we are good to go. 

“Our remote training programme will be run over three half days and include interactive and hands on exercises to support companies on their learning journey. We are excited to get started and help small businesses across the region recharge and stay strong.”

New Results Director and training coach, Nevil Tynemouth said:

“Now, more than ever businesses need a clear focus and plan for their business development and sales. These workshops have specifically been designed to help individuals and businesses get a clear picture of what they want to achieve and to build a plan to deliver it. Businesses have the opportunity to grow and develop what they do and this a great opportunity to RE:CHARGE what you do and how you do it. The whole team at New Results are pleased to be involved and delivering this programme.”

Launched in late 2018, the Supply Chain North East programme has already supported hundreds of businesses across the region who have tapped into the knowledge and networks of partner companies RTC North, Generator, the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) and the North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA).

North East consultancy, Wellbeing Works, has recently diversified and entered a new market thanks to the support of Supply Chain North East and NEPIC.

Following the firm’s involvement with the programme, Wellbeing Works successfully developed a new tool and secured a client from within the chemical industry.

Wellbeing Works Chief Executive, Hamish Moore, said:

“Taking part in the Supply Chain North East programme gave us an invaluable insight that completely changed our perception of the North East’s chemical industry, as well as a greater understanding of its supply chain and safety within the sector.”

Glowled are another ‘shining’ example. The Washington based lighting specialists have gained knowledge of the process sector to help secure clients and are now a member NEPIC.

Rita Callendar, Glowled’s Lighting Solutions Manager, said:

“The Supply Chain North East proramme has helped us hugely by allowing us to take part in fully funded workshops to support us with our growth strategy going forward.”

For more information about the RE:CHARGE programme, visit or contact Glen Kelly at [email protected]

Supply Chain North East works with businesses who want to diversify, broaden their customer base and unlock new market opportunities. Supply Chain North East is delivered by RTC North, NEAA, NEPIC and Generator as an integral part of the North East Growth Hub.

Supply Chain North East provides businesses with tailored advice in areas including sales and marketing, digital transformation, accreditation and compliance. Market specialists provide industry insight and sector knowledge on UK and international supply chains.

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