But there is only a handful of members on Teesside and David Colley, NESEP
co-ordinator, says: "We have identified the Tees Valley as needing specific support to both increase the actual numbers of social enterprises and gain better access to advice and information.
is holding an Opportunities for Social Enterprise conference on November 20 in Newcastle.
The event, which brings together high-flying women from a variety of sectors across the North East, will this year be supported by North East organisations and businesses, including Gateshead College, NETPark, Barbour, NESEP
and the Susan Dobson Memorial Fund.
Karen Wood, chief executive at NESEP
said: "Approval of ERDF has ensured we can take this project forward which will empower existing social enterprises to develop and take advantage of market opportunities to improve their productivity and become more businesslike.
Funded by One NorthEast and the brain child of NESEP
, the awards will take place on June 18 at Durham County Cricket Club.