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We are Business Northumberland

A team of specialists and experts with a passion to help businesses across the North East to grow and realise their true potential. We support businesses through all stages of their growth journey with our wide range of services. We offer expert 1-2-1 advice and support, events, workshops, specialist programmes, guidance on available funding and applications, and much more. We also provide this website, which is full of useful, evolving information and advice to help you grow. The best bit is, all of our support is fully funded for all eligible small and medium businesses across Northumberland and the wider North East LEP region*; meaning everything we deliver is provided at no cost to your business.

The funding secured is from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, match funded by Arch.

*Subject to eligibility


Meet the team

Dionne Clark

Dionne Clark

Business Growth Adviser - South East Northumberland


01670 528 498
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Dionne comes from a background of commerce and industry, having worked for 12 years with AkzoNobel as a regional manager specialising in relationship management with both customers and suppliers, before moving into the manufacturing sector for over 2 years. Dionne will be the primary contact for businesses in South East Northumberland and her expertise is available to all businesses in Northumberland.

James Holloway

James Holloway

Business Growth Adviser - North Northumberland


01670 719 910
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James has a background in accountancy and finance, having helped launch and grow a national accountancy franchise before working with fund managers Rivers Capital Partners supporting businesses with loan and equity funding. As well as being the team’s funding specialist, James will work with businesses in the North Northumberland area and his expertise is available to all businesses in Northumberland.

Chris Dawson

Chris Dawson

Business Growth Adviser - West Northumberland


01670 719 911
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Chris has worked with start-up and early stage businesses for 10 years with organisations such as Newcastle Council, Entrust and SES, providing assistance in all aspects of business and specialising in social media, online marketing and the social enterprise sector. Chris will be the first point of contact for businesses in West Northumberland and his expertise is available to all businesses in Northumberland.

Lucy Cansfield

Lucy Cansfield

Programme Manager


01670 528 453
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Lucy is the ERDF Programme Manager responsible for the successful management and delivery of Business Northumberland. Lucy is an experienced Programme Manager and has previously managed the successful delivery of the iNorthumberland business support programme. The programme supported over 300 businesses and created jobs in the local area. Lucy has been with Arch for 4 years and prior to this managed a range diverse localization projects from receipt to delivery, for a wide range of high profile international and UK-based clients.

Meet the trainers

Phil Teasdale

Enterprise Made Simple

Phil Teasdale

Developing your Growth Plans and driving Business Growth
Growing Existing and Entering New Markets

Phil is one of our expert trainers on the Business Northumberland Programme. As the CEO of his own company, Enterprise Made Simple, he is well placed to help our businesses understand how they can grow. Enterprise Made Simple was set up with the intention of making Enterprise accessible and available to all. Over time, this has developed and they have moved much more toward training. They offer accredited and non accredited training, to those who want to grow and sustain their business. Phil is bringing his knowledge of running a business as well as helping many business grow and succeed to this programme. Phil wrote all our online content for Growing Existing and Entering New markets as well as Assessing your Business Growth and will be your trainer at the associated events and workshops . Phil is passionate about business and you are guaranteed to leave his workshops feeling inspired.

Ian Swain

IS Business and Finance

Ian Swain

Finance for Business

Ian is one of our expert trainers on Business Finance. He also runs his own successful business that works with individuals looking to successfully start new businesses, and with existing businesses looking to improve performance and profitability. Ian is a qualified accountant who brings his invaluable experience of working at senior level in financial, general, and operational management across several business sectors. This includes in corporate, SME, high growth entrepreneurial, manufacturing, and customer service led operations. For the last ten years he has worked with hundreds of businesses across the North East helping them to start-up, to grow, and to find access to the finance they need. Ian has written all of our Finance for Business content and will be your trainer at the associated workshops. His workshops include practical and insightful help for business owners and managers.

Nicola Little

Sparkle Communications

Nicola Little

Marketing and Communications including Digital Marketing
Social Media

Nicola is our expert trainer on all things marketing and social media. Once a teacher, always a teacher. Since leaving the primary school classroom, Nicola has swapped teaching little children to training business owners and professionals, helping them achieve their digital marketing goals. For four years she was director of Daisy Green Magazine and Events, an online ethical magazine and events company and it was here she learned how to hone digital marketing for business benefits. Nicola wrote all of our Marketing and Social Media content and will be your trainer at the associated workshops. Animated when delivering social media training for business people across the North East, she genuinely loves to make a difference to the businesses that she supports and is happiest when she's mentoring small business owners and engaging with the business community she has built through her training.

James Lane

Hypestar UK

James Lane

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
Websites and eCommerce

James is our in house expert and self-confessed nerd when it comes to all things technical. As one of the leading providers of social media training, digital media consultancy and support, he have always been an excited technology supporter and early adopter. James brings his passion and vast knowledge of tools and platforms - along with his training background - to the Business Northumberland programme. James and his team wrote all the content for SEO and Websites and Ecommerce and James will facilitate the corresponding workshops for the programme. James has a proven track record of being agile and responsive to client’s needs, whether focusing on bespoke tools other trainers would be unfamiliar with, or tailoring training with a specific focus to ensure maximum effectiveness of the time spent together, and the learning objectives, you are guaranteed to leave James’ workshops with a new outlook on what technology can do for you.

Pat Beaumont

Beaumont Associates

James Lane

Employment and Skills
Leadership and Management

Pat Beaumont is the director and owner of Beaumont Associates (Northumberland) Ltd. She has over 20 years’ experience at director level of Strategic HR management and Organisation Development, with a proven track record of designing and implementing programmes to modernise and improve performance. Pat brings this experience to the Business Northumberland Programme through our Employment and Skills and Leadership and Management programmes. Through the content that Pat has provided as well as the corresponding workshops, Pat will help you look at you and your business strategically to give you the skills to grow your workforce and avoid any potential legal pitfalls.

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