New Year boost for businesses

From left, growth advisers Dionne Clark and Chris Dawson, Archs Julie Dodds, ERDF programme manager Lucy Cansfield and growth adviser James Holloway.
From left, growth advisers Dionne Clark and Chris Dawson, Archs Julie Dodds, ERDF programme manager Lucy Cansfield and growth adviser James Holloway.

A new service that aims to 131 new jobs over the next three years across the county will be launched next month.

The £1.3million Business Northumberland programme will be delivered by a team of three specialist business growth advisers within Arch.

They will be able to provide companies and traders with one-to-one support to help them understand their needs and implement an action plan to achieve their growth aspirations.

The service adds to an existing package of support that Arch already provides to businesses in the county.

For this programme, the money has come from its own funds and match funding of £698,599 received from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Coun Dave Ledger, chairman of Arch, said: “We are excited to welcome the team of business growth advisers to Arch.

“They will be a great asset in supporting and growing businesses throughout Northumberland to realise their potential.”

Business Northumberland will be open to qualifying businesses across Northumberland and will include access to a bespoke and innovative website at its core. There will also be some subject specific workshops and events.

For more information and to register your interest, call Dionne Clark – who covers south east and central Northumberland – on 01670 528498 or email dionne.clark@arch-group.co.uk