Our regional ‘STARS’ have been winning awards and raising their profile across the North East and beyond. Be inspired by reading their stories, how they reaped the rewards, and why entering awards such as the Newcastle Enterprise Awards are so important.
Neuro Partners LtdNeuro Partners specialise in helping people with brain injuries and neurological conditions maximise their quality of life. Since starting in Newcastle in 2006 with a team of 3, it has expanded into a multi-disciplinary team of 250 across northern England and Yorkshire – and stayed true to its mission of serving vulnerable people and their families and carers.
Sir Charles Parsons SchoolClaire Todd is a special needs teacher at Sir Charles Parsons School. She wears many hats, one of which is enterprise education.
Sir Charles Parsons SchoolParson’s Pizzas is a school business that enables pupils at Sir Charles Parson’s School to gain new skills and prepare for life after school. It also raises awareness of the potential of special school students and challenges negative attitudes.
Sole SearchersSole Searchers is an independent retailer specialising in exclusive, limited edition and highly collectable trainers.
NEPCO CICMarta is a leading light in NEPCO, the North East Polish Community Organisation. She was involved with NEPCO from the very beginning and has taken part in many projects and events.
Stick Theory / WIN LtdDi’s vision is creative collaboration. She puts it into practice in her own business by pulling together teams from her community of creatives - she encourages the freelancers and entrepreneurs she mentors to do the same.
DCS Training CICDCS Training helps young people with social and learning difficulties - and older people who have been unemployed for a long time - to develop a positive mental attitude.
PopUp InitiativePopUp Initiative provides up and coming young artists with cheap workspaces, a support network and opportunities to exhibit their work in empty business premises.
Sport WorksSport Works Ltd is a leader in Health, Sport and Educational services. They make a difference by enabling their staff, clients and communities to engage with healthy, educational programmes.
PNE Group / Shell LiveWIREStuart puts his heart and soul into championing Newcastle as a fantastic place to live and work. He uses his role as director of Shell LiveWIRE – the online community for young entrepreneurs - to raise the profile of youth enterprise.
Recyke Y'BikeDorothy has put her passion for cycling and recycling into practice by setting up a bicycle charity business in Byker. She started small collecting second hand bikes rescued from landfill in her garage, and now runs a large Social Enterprise workshop with a team of highly skilled mechanics trained at Recyke y'Bike.
Act PositiveAct Positive is an award winning training company. We specialise in helping people to transform their everyday behaviour and attitudes in order to develop more effective communication and interactions. Creative in its response to organisational and individual needs, Act Positive engages, motivates and challenges learners to transform a working culture.
Northern Pinetree TrustMichael is the General Manager of Northern Pinetree Trust. Under his stewardship the Trust has grown and year on year delivering specialist enterprise and self employment support to over 500 clients annually. New partnerships have been developed, additional delivery programmes have been introduced and incorporate early awareness and access to specialist finance and loans.
Queen Bee CandlesQuality, handmade beeswax candles, which help to protect our environment and save our Honey Bees. We lovingly craft elegant candles from a renewable beeswax source. We aim to provide you with an alternative to large chain gift stores with our thoughtful, unique and compassionate gifts, which are 100% eco-friendly. 50% of our profits are donated to the Save the Honeybee Campaign.
Newcastle University (Institute of Cellular Medicine)Prof of Molecular Dermatology, co-founder of Genesis Genomics Inc (Canada & UK), created and lead the MRes in Biotechnology and Business Enterprise.
Trend BibleFounder and creative director at Trend Bible, where we forecast future trends in design and colour for the home interior and related industries. I help brands, retailers and manufacturers in the UK and USA decipher the trends, predict future consumer behaviour and build commercial and inspiring product ranges.
WebPromoter360Creative director of Atomic Web Solutions from 2002 to March 2010 – Atomic Web Solutions are an award-winning web marketing company. Claire and husband Dave, founders of Atomic Web Solutions sold the business to a London company in March 2010 and are now concentrating on development on state of the art web marketing software
Fast Forward Now LtdMy company’s mission statement is – education to enterprise – I work with all kinds of people to help them realise their potential and to understand the process of starting a business – ultimately I help them to start their own business or social enterprise.
WhipBikesSelf-service bike hire for universities. WhipBikes are all over campus 24/7 and are easy to use. Simply Text, Twist & Ride. Users pay 50p for up to 30 minutes of riding – all through their mobile phone. WhipBikes are also a great marketing tool for targeting students directly.
KeyfundKeyfund is a social enterprise dedicated to making a lasting positive change to the lives of disadvantaged, vulnerable and deprived young people, enabling them to fulfil their potential and live sustainable and independent lives. We achieve this by engaging, inspiring and developing them through our powerful yet simple youth-led learning process.
Cintra HR & Payroll ServicesOperations Director - briefly this involves overseeing all of the different services Cintra provide. These include payroll bureau services, HR software consultancy, training and implementation, payroll software consultancy, training and implementation and support desk services. A total of 28 out of 52 staff are involved in these areas.
ExplainExplain is a North East research agency providing insight to public and private organisations across the UK. We provide a complete range of qualitative and quantitative research to help organisations understand and measure behaviour and perceptions. We work across many sectors including public, finance, utilities, retail, housing, health and manufacturing.