Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Companies Lined Up to Deliver North East Growth Hub; BUSINESS SUPPORT

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Companies Lined Up to Deliver North East Growth Hub; BUSINESS SUPPORT

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Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk

AGROUP of North East-based rms have been selected to deliver an online service designed to help companies in the region grow.

Software specialist Escher Group, which operates a Newcastle oce, has been appointed by the North East LEP to deliver the Growth Hub which will bring together data and information on business support in the region.

Escher will work with Gatesheadbased business support publishers Cobweb Information which will curate the content for the hub, while e Roundhouse, a Newcastle-based design and digital consultancy, will design the hub's interface.

We are about building digital ecosystem e Growth Hub forms part of the North East LEP's Strategic Economic Plan and is being developed with PS500,000 backing from the Government's Local Growth Fund.

that will help businesses Its remit is to help North Eastbased small and medium-sized businesses to access and navigate all levels of support from local and national to public and private sector.

e North East LEP has also promised it will help start-ups and private sector business intermediaries such as bank managers, accountants and consultants.

Paul Woolston, North East LEP chair, said: "Launching the Growth Hub is one of our key aims to help new and growing rms get the help they need quickly and easily. is is vital if we want growth in the North East economy to continue powering forward in the way that it has over the past year.

"We have appointed a world-class software specialist in Escher Group to help us deliver this hub, a real milestone in the development of a resource all businesses can use to navigate swiftly to the help they need. Working with local delivery partners Cobweb Information and e Roundhouse provides a rm footing in the North East."

Steve Blanks, head of operations for Escher Group in the North East, added: "We are delighted to be working with the North East LEP along with the region's stakeholder and business community to develop the North East Growth Hub. …

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