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North East LEP invites businesses to test new business support platform

The North East LEP has unveiled an early version of its new online business support platform – the North East Growth Hub, www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk

Designed to be the go-to resource for North East companies looking for information and advice on business support and finance, the Beta-version of the Growth Hub is currently being tested by businesses across the region.

Bryony Gibson Consulting, Readysalted Design and Flo-culture are just some of the North East companies that have signed up to try, test and contribute to the Growth Hub’s content and feature development over the coming months.

There is still time for businesses interested in playing a part in the ongoing development of the North East Growth Hub to join the Beta testing phase.

Bob Paton, chief executive of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The North East Growth Hub will flourish with the support of the business community, which is why we’re keen to welcome as many organisations as possible to test the Beta.

“Collaboration is key to the success of this project. We want the business community to share their thoughts and ideas about what the Growth Hub should do and how its features should support businesses in the North East.

“When finished, the North East Growth Hub will be a valuable resource that will champion peer-to-peer networking and conversation, as well as help anyone looking to sustain, develop or grow their business.”

The Growth Hub is a key project of the North East LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan. The North East LEP is working with delivery partners Escher Group, Cobweb Information and The Roundhouse, to deliver the project.

A number of core functions are already available on the Beta North East Growth Hub including a comprehensive business-to-business events database and relevant business news showing the breadth of what’s happening in the North East business community.

Information on the range of business support and finance advice available in the North East LEP area, including national, local, public and private support, is currently being built into the platform.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Beta testing phase of the North East Growth Hub can sign up via www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk/register-your-interest

For more information, email [email protected]

The North East LEP will be attending a number of business events, exhibitions and conferences in the coming weeks and months to showcase the new platform.