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Confidence, Courage and a Campaign

Up Front Presenting has reached a global scale – with clients in Hong Kong and Canada, the Hexham based business is ready grow even further with digital marketing and business planning skills being developed through Northumberland support programmes. 

Published: 01 March 2021

Rae Gaukroger, trains and coaches individuals and groups to help them deliver presentations with “confidence, credibility and power” as founder of Up Front Presenting she’s thankful to the Business Northumberland team for the “confidence and courage that comes from knowing that there is someone out there whose job it is to support my business in the region”.

After seeing a post on LinkedIn about Business Northumberland, Rae reached out to a Business Growth Advisor to understand what support was available to her business.

“I’ve found it very reassuring & encouraging to have someone who has my agenda as their agenda.”

Business Northumberland provides support to small and medium enterprises across the North East who are looking to sustain and grow their business online. The fully funded support programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Advance Northumberland, so there is no cost to eligible businesses when accessing the support.

Since registering to the programme in September 2020, Rae has gone on to really utilise the support from the programme attending and guest speaking at an online networking event, and online workshops covering topics; Canva, SEO and Social Media and having regular 1-2-1s with a dedicated Business Growth Advisor.

“They say that necessity is the mother of invention and learning the nuts and bolts of things like email marketing and Canva gives me the confidence to start using them to benefit my business.

Not knowing can feel daunting but the programme has been pitched at the right level for me”.

It was through Rae’s Business Growth Advisor that she heard about the Northumberland Covid Business Response Programme (NCBRP).

Up Front Presenting is now receiving 12 hours fully funded coaching from an NBSL coach through funding from Business Advantage, one of two prongs of the NCBRP programme.

Rae’s coaching is focused on Business Planning to help leverage her business even further by transforming the business to be able to provide training and coaching to clients online and video.

“To have input on how to use technology to connect more effectively with the wider market & existing customers has been super useful. It’s a massive shift in a short time during great uncertainty & I’ve been very grateful to have a hand to hold as I’ve been navigating & continue to navigate through it.”

NCBRP is a new service for businesses that have been adversely affected by Covid. The Project is funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority and delivered by Advance Northumberland on behalf of Northumberland County Council and the Northumberland Business Hub.

Taking full advantage of the NCBRP programme, Up Front Presenting is also working with Digital Allies to create a digital marketing campaign to the value of £500.

To find out more about NCBRP and getting your business online with a fully funded e-commerce website please go to:

If you would like to grow your confidence, you can get in touch with Rae at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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