We've been supporting enterprise since 2007 and in that time we've helped over 1,700 people to start their own business in Northumberland. We've also helped existing businesses across the North East to create over 1,000 jobs with our funding and support programmes.

We've worked with thousands of North East businesses

and our Customer Satisfaction rating is over 97%.

"NBSL make the process as straightforward as possible, staff are friendly and helpful with a genuine desire to help small businesses."

"Once you've applied, they do what they say they will do and are prompt, experienced knowledgeable and friendly."

"Supportive and friendly staff provide guidance and understand the pressures of business and time management."

We're also supported and accredited by a number of key organisations:

Our team

Meet the great people who make everything happen.

Ros Smith NBSL

Ros Smith

Finance and Programmes Director

Lynne Graham NBSL

Lynne Graham

Contract Finance Controller

John King NBSL

John King

NE Business Support Manager

Susan Matthews NBSL

Susan Matthews

Quality and Business Development

Joy Gair NBSL

Joy Gair

Business Funding Adviser

Ian Hodgson NBSL

Ian Hodgson

Business Funding Adviser

Jonathan Barnes NBSL

Jonathan Barnes

Business Funding Adviser

John Atkinson NBSL

John Atkinson

Business Funding Adviser

Mick Johnson NBSL

Mick Johnson

Account Manager

Alan Grieves NBSL

Alan Grieves

Enterprise Adviser

Shakeel Ahmed NBSL

Shakeel Ahmed

Enterprise & Business Adviser


James Hayton

Funding and Compliance Manager


Stephen Thompson

Contracts and Compliance Officer


Kelly Vout

Contracts and Compliance Officer


Alan Halliday

Funding and Compliance Officer


Cheryl Charlton

Funding and Compliance Officer


Rachel Frazer

Funding and Compliance Officer


Stephen Lumley

Contracts and Compliance Officer


Vicki Savage

Contracts and Compliance Officer


Tony Moore

Contracts and Compliance Officer


Sarah Jane Jamieson

Contracts and Compliance Officer


Val Henderson

Contracts and Compliance Officer


Carol White

Contracts and Compliance Manager


Register your business as an NBSL provider and stay up to date with the latest funding information.

If you provide business support services like marketing, business planning, human resources or financial planning find out how you could register with us to offer a grant of up to £2800 to your clients for work that you do for them.

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Our Programmes

We support businesses from start up to growth.

Our unique support programmes can provide help no matter what stage your business is at.