John King, North East Business support manager at NBSL
, said: "It is great news for those businesses looking for that little bit of help that enables them to deliver on their growth plans.
Aura Infection Control MD Laura Edgar and NBSL
funding adviser John Atkinson.
During the last 12 months NBSL
(Northumberland Business Service Ltd) has already helped more than 1,000 companies access funding to support their business improvement projects.
In 2012, he moved to NBSL
with a determination to put his extensive experience of business funding and contacts within the European Development Fund to good use and create a pot of money that could be accessed quickly with minimum fuss and deliver real impact within new and small companies.
A small bank loan and some of her own savings have been used to buy stock while a grant from NBSL
has helped towards cost of her website.
Up to 40% funding is available, to a maximum of pounds 1,400, for business improvement projects from North-east enterprise agency NBSL
Five organisations will be represented - Transmit Start-Ups, Creative Industry Finance, NorthStar Ventures, NBSL
and Generator - and each will have 10 minutes to detail how they can help drive ventures, as well describe the services they offer.
The Funding Your Creative or Digital Business seminar - organised by Transmit Start-Ups - will put speakers from Creative Industry Finance, NorthStar Ventures, NBSL
and Generator in front of creative firms.
Many of the region's largest employers, including Nifco, Parker Hannifin, Faurecia, Cummins, Ebac, Seaward Electronic, Durham County Council and Bel Valves, were involved in Meet the Buyer, while Meet the Funder - a new element added to this year's event to enable businesses to find out more about the funding packages on offer to them - attracted organisations and representatives from programmes such as Rivers Capital, Investment 4 Growth, NBSL
and North Star Ventures.
Using funding from the North East Business Support Fund (NEBSF), administered by NBSL
, the firm launched the site and invested in marketing activity.
Part of the firm's success so far has come from the creation of a strong brand identity, supported by funding from the North East Business Support Fund (NEBSF), administered through NBSL
The company was assisted in the development of its website by the North East Business Support Fund, a service administered by NBSL
, which provides funding of up to 40% on projects worth as much as PS3,500.