Supporting businesses is integral to the North of Tyne devolution deal. North of Tyne Combined Authority is committed to support and invest into businesses in our region. We also want to champion good work for employers and their employees.

Brexit Support

The United Kingdom has left the European Union and new rules for businesses and residents came in operation from the 1st January 2021.

The purpose of this webpage is to help direct businesses and residents to externally provided information and advice.

Visit the Brexit Support page for more information


Coronavirus recovery for our businesses

North of Tyne Combined Authority continues to align with national government guidance and work with our partner organisations to ensure a multi-agency approach to coronavirus as it evolves.

Visit the coronavirus recovery page for more information

Create Growth Programme

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The North East Create Growth Programme (CGP) is designed to support creative businesses with high-growth potential, between the seed and scaling stages, from across County Durham, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland with the support and the investment they need to grow their business and turn their innovative creative ideas into the leading creative businesses of the future.

Visit the Create Growth Programme project page for more information


Culture and Creative Investment Programme

The North of Tyne Combined Authority  and Creative UK  two year £2.625 million investment programme aims to stimulate culture and creativity in the North of Tyne.

Visit the Culture and Creative Investment Programme for more information

Digital Growth and Innovation Programme (NTCA Digital)

We have invested £10 million to support the growth of the digital sector across the North of Tyne by:

  • Breaking down the barriers for start-ups
  • Raising aspirations and demonstrating the opportunities in digital for all
  • Kick-starting digital innovation
  • Providing a seamless full service and journey for individuals and companies
  • Growing the talent pipeline
  • Attracting digital and tech companies to the area and creating new jobs
  • And much more ……….

Visit the Digital Growth and Innovation Programme (NTCA Digital) page for more information

Digital Pathfinders

Digital Pathfinders is a free-to-access programme focused on helping businesses and community organisations across the North of Tyne adopt digital technologies to address the challenges they’re facing.

The programme supports organisations through a range of workshops, events and one-to-one support from a team of tech and innovation experts. It can be delivered at any stage of the digital journey. From just exploring how digital might be able to help you with everyday challenges, to preparing for the implementation of an advanced immersive system; Digital Pathfinders can help.

The Digital Pathfinders programme is part of our Digital Growth and Innovation programme, and co-funded by Digital Catapult. It is delivered in partnership with Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley, Generator, VONNE and Steam Digital.

Visit the Digital Pathfinders website for more information 

Employability Plan

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The North of Tyne Employability Plan provides an opportunity for NTCA to convene stakeholders with the primary aim to develop and agree shared goals. This will enable a more collaborative approach across North of Tyne to address the barriers to employment and the challenges employers are currently facing to support economic recovery and growth.

Visit the North of Tyne Employability Plan project page for more information

Good Work Pledge

What does ‘Good Work’ look like?

North of Tyne Combined Authority has been working with employers and other key stakeholders to understand what ‘Good Work’ is and how we as a Combined Authority can promote and reward employers that are offering the main elements of ‘Good Work’.

Through collaboration, we have developed the Good Work Pledge, which enables employers to understand the key elements of ‘Good Work’, what they can do to achieve this for their employees and what support is available to help them get there.

Visit the Good Work Pledge project for more information


Green New Deal Fund

This ground-breaking low carbon investment fund that will invest £18 million in low carbon infrastructure in the North of Tyne Combined Authority over the next four years, and can invest directly into SMEs to support business growth and innovation.

For more information go to the Green New Deal Fund page


Growth Fund

The North of Tyne Growth Fund is a £4.6m programme of investment part-funded by ERDF that supports SME growth across Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle local authorities.

The primary aim of the Fund is to create employment and stimulate business growth. It will foster innovative processes to drive productivity, resulting in increased profitability, wage growth and employment growth in SME’s, strengthening our economy and creating better jobs.

The North of Tyne Growth Fund Panel will be responsible for making in-principle decisions for funding awards to SMEs from the North of Tyne Growth Fund.  The Fund will attract £10.5m of private sector investment and aim to create a minimum of 252 new jobs in the area.

Visit our Support page for more information

Visit our Advisory Bodies page for more information about the Growth Fund Panel


Inward Investment

As part of our business support, we have £10m available to support businesses looking to invest and create jobs in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.  This could contribute to up to 10% of your costs.

Grants are available between £100,000 up to a maximum of £1million for foreign or UK owned businesses making a first investment in the area.

Visit our Inward Investment page for more information


Skills Bootcamps

Skills Bootcamps offer free, flexible courses that give residents the opportunity to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects.

Visit our Skills Bootcamps page for more information

Social Finance Fund

NTCA and Power to Change have launched a strategic partnership with the objective of growing and further developing the social economy in the North of Tyne area, in partnership with local stakeholders.  

Visit our Social Finance Fund page for more information


Support for business

Supporting business is central to the North of Tyne’s devolution deal.

We are committed to seeking ways to unlock potential, create conditions for businesses to flourish, nurture investment and support long-term opportunities for growth, creating jobs that reflect a transforming economy.

While our offer to businesses continues to evolve, so far we have brought forward an exciting coordinated package of support for both existing businesses and inward investment.

We are working closely with our partners ensuring our offer complements existing business support available across Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Visit our Support page for more information

Tyne Powered

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Together, the Tyne’s businesses are powering offshore and energy innovation. The River Tyne, here in North East England, has a 700-year track record in engineering with the power to change the world.

Visit our Tyne Powered project page for more information


For specific project contact details please visit the project page.

You can find information about all the NTCA projects through our interactive map.

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