The North East Growth Hub will be a single access point that provides a bespoke offer to business users.
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership is asking North East businesses to get in touch and be part of the development of the Hub. A beta version of the Hub, focussing on a few initial functions will be live in the next month, and the LEP would like North East businesses to help shape what this and the next phases of the Hub will look like.
The Growth Hub will coordinate and simplify business support available across the North East so that it joins up national, local, public and private support and creates a seamless customer experience for businesses. This multi-channel, user-centered digital platform will exist to provide a single point of reference, where businesses can come to support, enquire, advise, share, help and be helped by each other.
Amongst a range of function, the Growth Hub will provide the opportunity for businesses to talk to each other regarding common issues and challenges through online community forums which will develop in response to business demands. It will provide access for businesses and their advisors to a comprehensive directory of business support and sources of finance. This directory will be continually developed in response to the needs and wants of North East businesses.
The Growth Hub will be live in spring 2015.