Programme is at an end

Mike Jobson.
Mike Jobson.

A support scheme which has seen Northumberland’s high growth businesses create more than 100 new jobs has come to an end.

The Business Northumberland High Growth programme has been delivered across the county by coaching specialists Oxford Innovation.

We’ve had a fantastic two years working with some inspirational entrepreneurs and truly innovative businesses across Northumberland

Mike Jobson, Oxford Innovation programme manager

As well as creating new employment, the programme has also safeguarded more than 150 existing jobs and has seen participating companies increase their turnover by £4.5m.

Oxford Innovation’s work with high growth businesses formed part of the £1.35m Business Northumberland Programme, which was funded by the North East European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered on behalf of Arch and Northumberland County Council.

Mike Jobson, Oxford Innovation programme manager, said: “We’ve had a fantastic two years working with some inspirational entrepreneurs and truly innovative businesses across Northumberland.”

“The programme has supported a diverse portfolio of clients ranging from advanced manufacturing businesses to creative industries.

“A key factor in the successful delivery of the programme has been the collaboration between support agencies.

“On behalf of our clients we have worked with UK Trade & Investment, the Manufacturing Advisory Service, Growth Accelerator and a number of funding partners.”