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30 Jul 2016


At NEPIC, we understand the importance of SMEs and the vital role you play in the long-term success of the region’s chemical industry. That is why the success of your business remains at the fore front of our interest.

Following on from the huge feat of NEPIC’s BASME project, which generated £50 million in new sales and 1,000 new jobs, we are thrilled to announce two new business acceleration programmes for 2016 – SME Growth and innovate Tees Valley.

The newly launched SME Growth Programme is now available to assist SMEs across Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland and provide business growth support to those wishing to become established suppliers within the region’s chemical processing industry.

The programme, which is a direct spin-off from NEPIC’s highly successful business acceleration for SMEs project, will utilise the cluster’s extensive knowledge and network to mentor companies into new business and also assist with energy management for growth. SME Growth will run for three years and is a fully funded programme for eligible companies.

innovate TEES VALLEY has been established, along with partners Teesside University, MPI and Digital City, to help Teesside’s vibrant small business community achieve ambition and growth through service and product innovation – and to help to take forward ideas, whilst overcoming growth barriers to seek out success both here and overseas.

Innovation remains a long-standing debate within the SME sector, however, one thing is definite – innovation is a crucial element within the SME ecosystem that is here to stay. Every SME needs to create an innovative environment in order to foster growth and success – through innovate TEES VALLEY’s combined know-how and cross sectorial experience, we will help businesses to make this happen and take companies to the next level.

Part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the NEPIC SME Growth and innovate TEES VALLEY programmes will support eligible SMEs throughout 2016 – 2018 inclusive.

For further information about these programmes and how they can benefit your business, visit or contact a member of the team via 01642 442560.

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