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My Property Box to continue virtual viewings service despite lifting of property market restrictions

Innovative lettings agent My Property Box will continue to offer its virtual viewings service, despite the government’s decision to open up the property market. From...

Commercial Maintenance Services UK Ltd welcomes chancellor’s decision to extend furlough scheme.

Nic Smith, managing director of Gateshead-based Commercial Maintenance Services UK Ltd, has welcomed today’s announcement by the chancellor that he is extending the furlough...

Duo launch virtual business card

Two entrepreneurs have used the lockdown period to create a virtual business card which replaces the need to carry traditional printed cards and works on Zoom and other technology platforms.

Entrepreneurs’ Forum launches Forward initiative to support long-term business success

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has launched its Forward initiative to encourage North East businesses to look towards the future with confidence. The Forum has been carefully...

Brothers raise £400k for new software to help firms boost sales

A Newcastle tech start-up whose software helps sales staff to find and close new leads has raised £400,000 to further develop its product and expand its team.

Sheffield Start-up going the Extra Mile sets sights on national expansion

A Sheffield-based entrepreneur who is providing a vital lifeline to the city’s struggling independent supermarkets is set to roll out his innovative online shopping...

Innovation to combat COVID-19: Glass manufacturer launches protective screens

Huddersfield based, Specialist Glass Products, has launched protective glass screens for offices, in preparation for the nation’s return to work. The screens aim to...

New Company to Bring Apps to SME’s

A new business launched by UK sales and marketing director, Steve Healy, will be supporting small businesses in the region keep up with the...

Heathline opens new £500,000 commercial vehicle service and repair centre amid coronavirus lockdown

Heathline Commercials Limited has opened its new £500,000 service and repair centre to ensure commercial vehicles remain on the road during the COVID-19 emergency. The...

Leeds tech company Content Catalyst announces a new R&D software project part funded by...

Leeds-based tech company Content Catalyst has announced a new research project to extract data from business reports which is co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency.

Mason Advisory recognised as one of the UK’s best workplaces

Mason Advisory, independent IT consultancy, has been recognised by Great Place to Work UK ®as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces 2020. Based at MediaCityUK...

North West entrepreneur fast tracks green business launch

A North West entrepreneur has fast tracked the launch of a brand new business venture after discovering the lockdown has turned the nation green.
Co Founder - Callum Kennedy

Dr. Ed CBD and Athletes join forces to launch Dr. Ed® Sport

On the back of a successful first year trading, Dr. Ed®, the flagship brand of specialist CBD manufacturer, The CBD Group, have recently announced...

Online card retailer bounces back from lockdown with the launch of exclusive e-card range

Fast-growing online cards and gifts business Love Layla has launched its first range of downloadable e-cards, allowing it to start trading again after closing...

Respected property developer launches Chaloner Group to expand presence across the North East &...

Longstanding Tees Valley-based property developer Geoff Hogg has launched Chaloner Group to further expand his development footprint across the UK. The developer behind the landmark...

One Utility Bill raises £1.7m in funding round led by DSW Angels

One Utility Bill - which simplifies utility billing for tenants, landlords and letting agents - has raised £1.7m in a funding round led by DSW Angels.

Ex-teacher raises £250k for software that gets families talking

A former teacher who developed a software platform to help children speak and write more confidently has raised £250,000 from NPIF - Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Worksop Headteacher pioneers sensational A*start-up after swapping the classroom for carpentry to aid child...

A former headmistress who was driven by a passion for the outdoors has swapped the classroom for carpentry in a bid to inspire children...

Design professionals collaborate with Huddersfield’s University students following successful £0.25m bid

The University of Huddersfield has secured a quarter-million-pound grant from the Office for Students (OfS), following a successful knowledge exchange bid to drive innovation...

Start ups offered data intelligence tool for free to empower marketing decisions during COVID-19

Artificial Intelligence (AI) tech firm Third Foundation is offering a free product – worth over £20,000 – to Coronavirus-hit enterprises and start ups to...

How to upskill your staff with an Executive MBA

Businesses in East Lancashire can upskill their senior managers with a government funded Master’s degree at UCLan.

Ovenu founder Rik Hellewell urges Business Secretary to adopt Australian COVID-19 initiative to get...

Rik Hellewell, the founder and managing director of oven valeting franchise Ovenu, has written to Business Secretary Alok Sharma urging him to examine an...

Chamber CEO backs calls to change all-or-nothing furlough system

The CEO of a local Chamber of Commerce has backed a call by HR expert Jill Bottomley for the Government to provide a part-furlough option for small businesses struggling in the coronavirus crisis
NOF deputy chief executive, Joanne Leng MBE

NOF highlights contribution energy sector supply chain is making in fight against COVID-19

NOF, the national membership body for business involved in the energy industry has been working with members and the wider supply chain to collect...

Entrepreneurs’ Forum network unites to tackle COVID-19

Members and partners of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum have united to support one another in the wake of COVID-19. Understanding the pressures many businesses currently face,...

Get Licensed appeals for security-vetted volunteers in the North West to aid those in...

Get Licensed has launched a new initiative connecting security-vetted volunteers in the North West with those needing help during the current coronavirus lockdown. The company...

Materials Processing Institute creates hand sanitiser production line for Marie Curie nurses

The Materials Processing Institute is using its considerable scientific and technological expertise to ensure the region’s Marie Curie Nurses can be supplied with free...

UK start-ups could win £5000 worth of customer research in new competition

To celebrate their new Research Helper service designed to deliver insight in just a three-day turnaround, UX and behavioural research consultancy, SimpleUsability, is offering one UK start-up business the chance to win a research package worth £5000

Outdoor coach innovates to help CEO’s during Covid-19 lockdown

A former Chief Executive turned business and life coach has turned to technology to keep his business leaders’ mentoring business going through the Covid-19...

Moody Logistics night shift driver Dave Blench prepares for BBC debut

A long-distance lorry driver with Northumberland firm Moody Logistics is being featured this week in the new ten-part BBC series, Night Force. Screened on BBC1...

Connective technology offers support to York businesses and residents.

A York-created mobile phone app, Connected-York, is offering support to businesses and residents as the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic are being felt more severely on the high-street and retail in general.

Going Virtual: Leeds-based Interactive Quiz Company Adapts to Coronavirus Crisis

Adapting to the nationwide lockdown, the smartphone pub quiz company, KwizzBit, is facilitating virtual quizzes for pubs to stay in contact with their customers, remote working businesses and families at home.

Beyond Accountancy hits the ground running

A new accountancy practice set up by the founders of investment and corporate advisory group Infinity has hit the ground running as business owners seek help amid the coronavirus crisis.

Sunderland company produces snack bar to help local organisations

A food manufacturer in Sunderland has created a snack bar which it will be donating to organisations who help people in need.

Entrepreneurs’ Forum calls on North East business to work together to overcome challenges of...

The chief executive of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum has written an open letter to North East businesses, urging them to treat one another with consideration...

Local mum and author creates book to help children through coronavirus

A Yorkshire-based mum and businesswoman has created a storybook to reassure children throughout these uncertain times.

Forgetting to Invoice Losing Micro Businesses £875million – £1.7billion Annually

* Many small businesses lose customers because they can only take cash payments * Amaiz offers customers mobile card readers with no monthly costs as hygienic alternative to handling cash * Businesses can invoice from app while still with customers

Young Creative Sheffield Entrepreneur Featured on Forbes’ Prestigious “30 Under 30 Europe”

This week, Forbes released it’s fifth annual edition of its “30 Under 30 Europe” list - featuring 300 young visionaries boldly redefining ten industries...

North West tech firm offers free recruitment for businesses and candidates

Tech start up, Caroo, is extending its offer of free recruitment to businesses across the North-West and Yorkshire in a bid to support them...

Sky’s the limit for cloud IT firm after £2m investment

An award-winning Newcastle IT company, which provides cloud and network solutions to blue-chip clients nationwide, has secured a £2m investment from the Northern Venture Capital Trust Funds (VCTs), which are managed by Mercia.

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