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Talent Match Programme

If you are aged 18 – 24 and have not been employed for 12 months or more you can receive business start-up and property support, as well as access to a small grant for your new business. 

You do not have to be registered as unemployed, but you must not be currently engaging in any kind of support, or if you are, not progressing.

We only have space across the North East to support 20 individuals through this programme so if you are interested please let us know as soon as possible.

You will receive 8 days of one to one, face to face, support to enable you to start to trade.  The days do not have to be standalone days, nor do they have to be consecutive, it is built around the support you need and is agreed before you start the programme. 

Once the business is ready to start to trade, thanks to Big Lottery funding we are able to offer you access to a small grant to cover those start-up costs.  To apply for the grant you must be on the Talent Match programme and, with the help of a mentor, create a business plan. You will then be asked to pitch your request to a panel or through a video.

As well as this you are also given access to 6 months free workspace which is available from a number of locations including;

                Pink Lane, Newcastle

                Westgate Road, Newcastle

                Design Works, Felling

                Innovation Centre, Consett

                Novus Centres, Peterlee and Seaham

                Wansbeck Business Park, Ashington

                BIC, Sunderland

                Gateshead International Business Centre

                Bishop Auckland – exact location to be advised

If you are interested in joining this programme please either contact your work coach or contact PNE Enterprise on 0191 2306410 or email


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