ERDF Projects 2007 to 13

Full details of the ERDF Investment and achievements in Newcastle can be found here [ERDF Investment and achievements in Newcastle PDF 1.92MB]

Newcastle Enterprise Package – Phase 1 & 2

The Newcastle Enterprise Package (NEP) Phase 1 was a package of initiatives aimed at switching people on to enterprise and supporting them to develop their ideas and start up a business, and at supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) including community enterprises to grow. It ran from April 2009 to June 2014 and was a £3.42m programme funded by the Working Neighbourhoods Fund (WNF) and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). 

It targeted Newcastle’s disadvantaged communities and was designed to enhance the city’s Enterprise Action Plan. Newcastle City Council (NCC) managed NEP and administered the client start up grant. One to one and group support and events were delivered to clients by ten organisations across four themes:

  • Enterprising Young People – support to develop enterprise skills and start up and run businesses, targeted at 14-19 years olds in schools and youth organisations, undergraduates and recent graduates
  • Pre-start Support – one to one advice, themed workshops and a small grant to help people progress to start up and beyond
  • Community and Voluntary Sector Support – one to one advice and group workshops for community groups to start up or develop their social enterprises
  • Growing Business Support – for businesses with procurement and corporate social responsibility, for the development of the Newcastle Business Forums and the Newcastle Enterprise Awards.

The package worked with 916 individual residents, over 400 SME’s and over 2000 students and teachers. It resulted in 258 new businesses, 319 new jobs created and over £2.9m of new contracts run by SME's receiving support.

The Newcastle Enterprise Package (NEP) Phase 2, known as Enterprising Newcastle (EN), was delivered through five strands aimed at encouraging enterprise and supporting clients to develop their ideas, start up a business, and supporting local SME's to grow.  Delivery ran from October 2011 until June 2014 and Lots 2 through to 5 were delivered by four service providers and managed by Newcastle City Council (NCC).  Lot 1 was led by the City Council’s Enterprise Learning Co-ordinator and delivered a range of bespoke enterprise solutions for secondary schools to enable them to set up viable and registered businesses.

The £1.6m cost was funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and matched with NCC resources including staff time.  EN was targeted upon Newcastle’s disadvantaged communities. 

EN was organised under four theme:

  • Enterprise in Education – working, primarily, with secondary schools to create sustainable businesses
  • Pre start-up and start-up support – focusing on one-to-one support, tailored to individuals needs
  • Support to the voluntary and community sector to become more entrepreneurial
  • Growing businesses – local business support officers, local business forums and procurement workshops/one-to-one support.

EN supported over 600 individuals which resulted in 145 new businesses being created. In addition 126 SMEs were assisted and 203 jobs were created.

The Beacon

Located in the West end of Newcastle,the Beacon is an Enterprise Centre, created and managed by Centre West and Groundwork and supported by £2.42m of European Regional Development Fund grant. It exists to inspire communities through enterprise.
The Beacon development, which opened during the spring of 2012, stands in a prominent position on Westgate Road, and is an eco-friendly sustainable building which provides a base for enterprise, training and education as well as forming a social hub for the local community.
The Beacon provides a business centre with flexible workspace, office accommodation, creative units backed up by access to a wealth of business and mentoring support services and a place to meet, eat and network. The top floor features the Skylight Suite, a conference and events venue with panoramic windows and outdoor balcony space. The Beacon’s state of the art training centre offers the facilities to deliver life skills, basic skills and enterprise development in a modern and light environment.
All materials used in construction have been chosen to maximise the potential to recycle at the end of the life of the building. The Building has a predicted BREEAM rating of “excellent” with a predicted score of 71.28.
More information including contac details can be found here:

North Bank of the Tyne

The project, managed by Newcastle City Council, supports a range of infrastructure works to enable the development of key strategic riverside sites on the North Bank of the Tyne in Newcastle, within and adjacent to the North East Carbon Enterprise Zone. It is funded by ERDF (£2.48m), HCA and Newcastle City Council. 

Works will include:

  • The creation of a new heavy load route through improvements works on existing highways and improved linkages between the Walker Quays and the Enterprise Zone (Neptune yards).
  • The remediation and stabilisation of a vacant plot of land within the enterprise zone to make it useable for development and unlock 0.942 hectares area to provide 2,600 square metres of factory space for offshore marine supply companies.

This investment will enable the area to better compete for the opportunities arising from the round three North Sea wind farms as well as ongoing opportunities within the offshore oil and gas sector.
It will also support the local supply chains or SMEs and facilitate the expansion plans of key companies which continue to invest in the area, sustaining and creating jobs and growth.
The Project started in April 2013 and is due to be completed by September 2015.

Newcastle Science City Community Engagement

The Newcastle Science City Community Engagement Project was launched to bring people of all backgrounds together to get involved with science and find out how it can make a real and lasting difference to their communities.
Newcastle City Council managed the project delivered by a range of partners: Newcastle Science City, Newcastle Council for Voluntary Service, Centre West and Newcastle Futures.
The team’s work aimed to ensure residents have the opportunity to be a part of Newcastle’s continued scientific achievement and to benefit from the world-class science that is happening across the city.
The project supported a wide range of science-based initiatives; all seeking to further develop the city’s internationally recognised strength in sustainability, ageing and health, and regenerative medicine.

The £1.6million three-year project which finished in September 2012:

  • Invested £600,000 in community science projects;
  • Involved 5,753 residents in its work;
  • Assisted 850 people with skills and personal development;
  • Held 126 events throughout the city to bring science into communities;
  • Shared the science of 46 academics and researchers;
  • Consulted 35 Tyneside employers, plus many more employer groups and industry associations, on skills gaps and work opportunities.

The project supported 21 smaller community groups to run ‘grass-roots’ level science-themed projects of between £1,000 and £12,000, with activity ranging from demonstrating the principles of renewable energy generation using a smoothie-making bicycle to promoting healthy, affordable energy using halogen cookers.
It also supported 12 large collaborations between science research institutes and third sector organisations who sought to use science to address local issues or needs. Three of these larger projects specifically aimed to bring about employment and skills opportunities – encouraging the development of transferable skills to emerging industries including electric vehicles and micro renewables.

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1 June 2018
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