£50k ‘Big Business, Big Society’ scheme launched

One of the North East’s screen agencies has teamed up with a former digital media chief to launch a new £50k initiative designed to develop the best society-improving North East digital business ideas. Ex-Endemol digital media Chief Peter Cowley has teamed with Northern Film & Media (NFM) to offer business or individuals… More →

Re-launch celebrated with European deal and major recruitment drive

A professional services company has marked its re-launch by winning a £6m, pan-European deal and appointing three new directors to drive the next stage of its expansion. Following significant growth and development Newcastle-based Premiertec Consulting Ltd, yesterday re-launched under a new name, Claremont, with the help of North East creative agency El - Roboto The company, which… More →

Improvisation experts get regional entrepreneurs pitch perfect

AN improvisation expert is looking to help the region’s innovators take their ideas to market with a two-day workshop. Paul Z Jackson, who has helped develop the talents of Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones will help North East entrepreneurs master their own performances with an innovative event organised by… More →

Joint venture eyes rapid expansion

A NEW joint venture between two North East firms is on target to see sales hit £1m in its first year. Newcastle-based market research business Explain has joined forces with Teesside brand agency Better to launch Better Communities. The product is a bespoke private digital community backed up by specialist research software… More →

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Small firms helped to bid for procurement ‘billions’

David Cameron has announced a series of measures to help small and medium-sized firms compete for billions of pounds worth of central government contracts.

He said the aim was to give businesses greater access to the bidding process by eliminating “excessive bureaucracy and petty regulation”.

Firms should no longer have to input their information each time they apply for a new contract, for example.

The CBI, however, said the government could have gone much further. But what do you think? 

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