The North of Tyne Rural Business Growth Service 2020 – 2023 is a £7.9m programme of investment part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, and the North of Tyne Combined Authority.
Delivered by Advance Northumberland on behalf of Northumberland County Council, our aim is to support businesses on their growth journey. We work with micro, small and medium sized enterprises located in the rural areas of Northumberland, Newcastle and North Tyneside.
We have three clear objectives:
- To support rural businesses with growth potential and ambition to develop and implement business growth plans.
- Develop a more diverse business base by supporting rural businesses to grow, creating new employment opportunities and increasing productivity.
Stimulate investment in the growth of existing private sector rural businesses.
The rural parts of the North of Tyne area play a very important role in the local economy, accounting for a significant share of total employment and contributing significantly to the region’s visitor economy.
We want to ensure that growing businesses are retained in rural areas, strengthening local business networks and markets. This project aims to address the scale up challenge of businesses with growth potential in rural areas, supporting them to access suitable finance products, enabling growth and maximising their opportunities to increase turnover and create jobs.
What we do to support your business
We provide a single point of contact and access to one-to-one specialist advice in a range of subjects, to help you develop a business plan to maximise your chances of securing funding and financial support.
Your individual tailored programme of support will be diagnosed, developed and managed by one of our Rural Enterprise Specialists, in association with our pool of procured specialists who can offer guidance in the more technical areas of business planning such as:
- Resilience Planning
- Cashflow and financial forecasting
- Taxation and exemption
- International trading - practice and law
- Market opportunities and demand
- Supply chain efficiencies and requirements
- State Aid guidance
- Procurement advice
- Sales Strategies
- Funding Requirements
- Succession Planning
To find out more about our service, please register here.
Are you looking for investment?
Our programme also delivers a capital grant fund. The fund will invest in businesses with clear growth potential that require direct capital investment to grow, expand productive capacity or diversify into new markets or products. Your project must be based in the rural areas of Northumberland, North Tyneside or Newcastle. We can offer grants ranging from £20,000 upwards at a maximum intervention rate of 40%. In order to access the grant, you must be looking to create a minimum of one full time job, and operate in one of our target sectors:
- Food and drink production
- Knowledge intensive businesses
- Culture, creative and tourism (excluding retail and accommodation)
- Energy products and services
- Environmental products and services
To find out whether you can make an application to this fund, you must register with us here.