Providing meaningful support to all applicants Our partners

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With partner support we can encourage and celebrate early stage founders throughout the region to increase the number of startups. Supporting them to ensure that they are sustainable and grow into successful startup stories, employing staff and supporting the regional ecosystem for years to come.

Strong partnerships should be mutually beneficial to help you to achieve your own business goals whilst supporting early stage founders and improving the regional ecosystem for everyone.

We offer bespoke partnership opportunities, and we are delighted to work with a range of partners.

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Social Impact Award Sponsor PNE

PNE support businesses to start, grow and thrive in an ethical and sustainable way; from helping people access the skills and funding they need to start their own business, to empowering organisations to grow sustainably.

The next generation of businesses will play a leading role in shaping our communities and environments for the better. By sponsoring the Social Impact Award, we want to give a platform to start-ups and individuals who are passionate about making an impact for people and places across the North East and beyond.

Claire Priestly

SkillUP and StartUP Partner harris 21

Collaborating with business owners and individuals, Claire helps save tax, supports business growth and gives early stage founders the confidence they need when taking their first steps in business.

Claire is a huge advocate of giving back and is the reason why she is supporting founders on Day 1 and Day 2 of The Awards.

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Yvonne Gale

Accelerator partner NEL Fund Managers

Yvonne is the CEO of NEL Fund Managers, the North East’s most active business investor, providing financial products to small and medium-sized businesses right across the region. 

Yvonne and the team support Startup Awards North East as their local expertise and meaningful advice is valuable for founders planning to take their startup to the next level.

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Stephen Hall - Tax Partner

ScaleUP headline partner Deloitte

Stephen Hall is office senior partner at Deloitte in Newcastle. He has worked for the firm for 25 years where he has advised many public and private sector organisations on all aspects of direct tax. 

Stephen and the team are passionate about the North East and supporting ambitious, early stage founders so they can become the employers of the future, 

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ScaleUP Partner The Entrepreneurs' Forum

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s vision is to create a vibrant environment where entrepreneurs feel empowered to create and grow their businesses, innovate, take risks, move forward and fulfil their ambitions. Whether you’re just starting a business or a seasoned entrepreneur we think you’re more likely to succeed by seeking support and advice from others. We are backing the Startup Awards North East as we want to offer the insight and experience of our network to help grow the next generation of north east entrepreneurs.

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British Business Bank


The British Business Bank is a government-owned economic development bank. Its core mission is to make finance markets for smaller businesses work more effectively, allowing those businesses to prosper, grow and build UK economic activity.

The Bank enables businesses to prosper, grow and build economic activity by providing finance at every stage of their development:

  • Start-ups, through the Start Up Loans Company
  • Scale-ups, for businesses with ambitious growth plans, usually through using equity capital
  • Staying ahead, for those with more modest expansion plans, usually through using debt finance

Businesses apply for finance through our partners who, because they work with us, can lend and invest more, especially to younger and faster growing companies.

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