PNE Social Impact Award Sponsor

#SkillUP #StartUP #ScaleUP Social Impact Award Sponsor

PNE support businesses to start, grow and thrive in an ethical and sustainable way. By sponsoring the Social Impact Award, PNE 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. 

Get in touch to see how they can help you achieve your goals at

Newcastle University Business School

#SkillUP High Growth Award Sponsor

Newcastle University Business School is the proud sponsor of this year’s SkillUP High Growth Award which celebrates the next generation of entrepreneurs in the North East.

 As a triple-accredited Business School with a first-class reputation for academic excellence, our ethos supports lifelong learning and continuous professional development. We are committed to delivering real-world reach through vibrant collaborations to make a difference locally, nationally and internationally.

Through our Executive Education programmes, we are looking to recruit the next generation of responsible leaders from the North East who can demonstrate their potential to have a positive, sustainable impact on society and the economic recovery of the region. 

With that in mind, we believe this is a great opportunity for us to connect and recognise professionals in the local area.

#StartUP #ScaleUP High Growth Award Sponsor

As the North East’s top ranked commercial law firm, we’ve been helping growing businesses achieve their goals for years. Partnering on the Start-up and Scale-up Growth Awards allows us to give businesses a legal boost.

We offer initial meetings without charge to explore solutions to your queries.

Speak to Alex Craig today on 0191 211 7911 or find out more about our small business support.

In addition to winning the Awards, shortlisted applicants and winners have the opportunity to win:

  • 2 years of support for ScaleUP winners with Deloitte

  • 1 hour of support with Durham Lane for ScaleUP High Growth Winner.

  • 12 months access to Entrepreneurs Forum events and activities for SkillUP, StartUP and ScaleUP High Growth Award winners.

  • 1 years free pro-account to software for all winners.

  • Free initial legal consultation with Muckle for all High Growth Award winners.

  • 1 hour "Meet the Funder" session with NEL Fund Managers for all Social Impact Award winners.

  • Speaking opportunity at NIBE's Autumn event.

  • Free signed copy of  "Innovation of a Nation: What 1500 top high growth start-ups tell us about innovation in our nation" for all winners.

  • Vouchers for free  PNE business support including coaching sessions, networking events, business workshops, an IT support session and a policy and compliance review, for all winners.

  • 2 hours free mentoring for the #ScaleUP High Growth Award winner with Rory Whaling.

  • Nigel Wright Group will be offering free mentoring meetings for High Growth Winners for #StartUP to develop marketing strategies and #ScaleUP focusing on recruitment and hiring staff. 

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Deloitte are offering 2 years of support to the ScaleUP High Growth Award and Social Impact Award Winners, this is in the form of two meetings per year with senior members of Deloitte’s team where the winners can seek advice to meet their tax needs and assistance with planning to help to grow and scale their business further.


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With over a decade of experience Durhamlane are a creative, tenacious and independent-minded team committed to supercharging sales for every ambitious business. Offering 1 hour of support, to mentor, educate and share expertise with the winners of the High Growth Award for #ScaleUP If you are pioneering and have a passion to scale your business contact


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Winners of the High Growth Awards for SkillUP, StartUP and ScaleUP will gain 12 months access to the Entrepreneurs' Forum events programme including member events, meet the entrepreneur events, panel discussions, webinars and exchange workshops. The Forum are also providing access to their mentoring services to allow a 1-1 connection with a mentor to help to support ambitious startups with high growth potential.

Entrepreneurs' Forum

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Just Williams is a Sales and Marketing outsourcing organisation – we work with SME’s across the UK to design, develop and deliver combined sales and marketing solutions to businesses looking to grow. We are providing a unique opportunity for all awards winners to take part in an exclusive 2 hour roundtable event to showcase how to create a powerful blend of Sales and Marketing in their businesses; and take them to the next level.

Just Williams

headshot of are offering all 7 winners with 1 years free Pro-account to their software. This easy to use, visual interface will help manage all tasks and workflows at each stage of their business, including automations and integrations to streamline processes and manage projects.

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Muckle will be supporting the winners of the #SkillUP and #ScaleUP High Growth Awards with a initial free legal consultation from their team of experts, to advise and explore a range of solutions giving them a legal boost to help their businesses grow.


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NEL Fund Managers are offering one hour ‘Meet the Funder’ sessions as a prize to winners of both High Growth and Social Impact Awards across each of the 3 categories #SkillUP #StartUP and #ScaleUP. The sessions can be flexible to the needs of the business, discussing things like the different types of funding, how to get investor ready, what funding might be most suitable to that business, introductions to other funders if applicable.

NEL Fund Managers

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North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE) will be offering the PNE Social Impact Award Winners for #SkillUP #StartUP #ScaleUP an opportunity to speak at one of their events as part of their Autumn programme. Winners will have the opportunity to talk about their business to the North East business community, alongside exploring the importance of doing ethical business, sharing best practice and championing sustainability of the planet and our communities. NIBE will also provide mentoring opportunities to the winners to help integrate their values and ethics meaningfully into their business planning, marketing, leadership and culture. If you are curious or passionate about business ethics, follow them on Twitter @NEbizethics and you can find out more about NIBE and how to access their free ethical business toolkit via:

North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE)

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To grow a start up from nothing to £5m sales in five years is a tough challenge. Peter Arnold author of "Innovation of a Nation: What 1500 top high growth start-ups tell us about innovation in our nation" will be donating signed copies to all 7 winners of the Awards. "Innovation of a Nation" provides insights, themes, trends, examples and exercises to help founders of startups. We have arranged a 90% discount for the electronic book "Innovation of a Nation" during June on Amazon. All proceeds from the book sales go to Medicin San Frontier to support their global vaccination program.

Peter Arnold author of "Innovation of a Nation

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PNE will offer the all winners for High Growth and Social Impact Awards for #SkillUP #StartUP #ScaleUP a tailored package of business support that will enable them to develop and grow their businesses. Each prize will include vouchers to enable free access to PNE business support including coaching sessions, networking events, business workshops, an IT support session and a policy and compliance review.


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After running their annual 5-day Newcastle Startup Week festival in 2017, 2018 & 2019, the team at Plan Digital launched their online ‘Startup Week Community’ last year so they could provide more curated business advice & support, networking, events, speaking opportunities & 1-2-1 coaching for Members all-year-round. As one of our Partners, all Startup Awards North East winners will receive 1 x 12 month Membership of the online Startup Week Community from June 2021-June 2022.

Startup Week Community

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Teesside University are offering #Startup winners of the High Growth and Social Impact Award an exciting opportunity to collaborate and thrive in their brand new contemporary Co-working Space at the Assembly Hall with 12 months FREE Hotdesking space (RRP £85p/m) With a prime location only 5 minutes away from the train station this facility provides the opportunity to connect, network and grow with the help of the resident community.

The Assembly Hall

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Rory Whaling is a business mentor who has 30 years experience across a wide variety of businesses, from photography to IT, banking and finance. As an expert in business growth, Rory is offering a 2 hour mentoring session for the Growth winner from the ScaleUP event which will cover self belief, value and how to define vision and values for both personal and professional growth.

Rory Whaling

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Scroll along to find out more about our prize partners and the opportunities they are providing for #SkillUP #StartUP and #ScaleUP High Growth and Social Impact Award winners. If you would like to support Startup Awards North East please contact

Prize Partners

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Nigel Wright Group is the leading and largest, multi-discipline regional recruitment business specialising in the North of England. Our reputation is for recruiting Finance, Sales, Marketing, IT, HR, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Engineering and Executive roles across all sectors – whilst providing excellent service to clients and candidates alike. Our clients trust us to quickly attract the highest calibre and most suitable candidates first time. 1. We access candidates that others can’t. 2. Our customers believe we enhance their employer brand. 3. We control the process and manage risk, allowing you to focus on your day job. 4. We deliver sustainable results that produce long term value.

Nigel Wright Group

Show your support for Startup Awards North East

We are looking to work with local businesses who would like to support Startup Awards North East applicants to give them the boost they need and celebrate in style.

If your company can provide time, services, products, discounts or support for the region's startups please contact 

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