The most popular business funding offer in the North East is being extended to June 2015 to allow even more businesses to access the support.

The most popular business growth fund in the North East has already paid out over £1.3m to help businesses with the delivery of their growth plans.

Zhengzhou has a population of 10 million and is a major national logistics hub; home to a Nissan joint venture automotive plant, a major Foxconn manufacturing facility and the province has a significant coal-mining infrastructure. Chinese buyers are looking for a wide range of suppliers of specialist equipment and services, for example, in the field of environmental industries, sustainable development, engineering, electronics, education and luxury consumer goods.

The Design Council and the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) Ltd are working in partnership to deliver an exciting programme to help forward thinking businesses to stay ahead of the competition. Developed by the Design Council and supported by government, the Design Leadership Programme provides businesses with access to expert design support to help them develop and grow.

A Hexham business started up with funding from NBSL, has gained the approval of Dragon's Den Theo Paphitis on his Small Business Sunday network.


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