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The North East Business Support Fund provides funding to allow currently trading, North East based SME's to attend one of a range of free to access workshops.

Location: We are currently only able to support businesses based in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham. Unfortunately, at this stage, we are unable to take applications from businesses based in the Tees Valley.

Previous funding: If you have recieved NEBSF funding from us since September 2015, you will not be eligible for the workshop programme.

Completing your application.

Your application for the workshops requires some basic financial information about your business as well as details of previous grant funding.

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Which Masterclass are you interested in?
About the business applying for the workshop
Where you are
Who we should contact
The type of business
Business size
Business Projections

The following section covers the current and future performance of your business, and it is vital that these figures are both accurate and realistic.

Total sales (£)
Number of FTE employees
Previous Funding Support

I understand that the North East Business Support Fund project is part financed by the 2014-20 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme, European Regional Development Fund Programme. Therefore the amount of State Aid subsidised support my business may receive is capped.

Marketing and Research Contact Permission

NBSL (Northumberland Business Service Ltd) collects data following guidelines within the Data Protection Act 1998.Occasional access is given to partners engaged on our behalf to carry out research (eg: client satisfaction) with the aim of improving our services. We will also provide potential Providers with limited information when sourcing your development solution. By completing this application form, you are giving permission for your details to be given to the relevant funder for reporting, monitoring and evaluation purposes only.

For any other contact, in order to comply with legislation we require your permission to keep you informed of our services and those of 3rd party organisations, which we feel appropriate to your needs. Please place a cross in this box if you consent to your details being used for the above marketing and research purposes. You have the right to request at any time that your information is no longer used for marketing by contacting;

Data Protection Officer, Northumberland Business Service Ltd, 6 Esther Court,  Wansbeck Business Park, Rotary Parkway, Ashington, NE63 8AP


I confirm that the information that I have provided in this application form is correct and complete. I understand and accept that if I knowingly withhold information, or provide false or misleading information, this may result in my application being rejected; or if I receive funding as a result that my case will be referred to the appropriate authorities for full investigation.


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.