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Businesses in the North East can benefit from free expert advice and guidance on how to access support to grow their company thanks to the appointment of two Growth Hub Connectors at the North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Ken Arnold and Karl McCracken will connect business support, and finance and funding providers with businesses in the region in a bid to boost the local economy and create more and better jobs.

Their appointments enhance the North East Growth Hub – the region’s online business support platform, by adding experienced, hands on support.

The North East Growth Hub has successfully helped thousands of businesses to get business support advice and access vital finance and funding, both through the growth hub portal itself and the associated helpline, web chat and e-mail facilities.

Part of the North East LEP’s business growth strategy is to make the region a place where businesses invest, grow and prosper to create more and better jobs. The introduction of new Growth Hub Connectors aims to build more direct engagement between businesses and support providers.

Ken Arnold

Ken Arnold

Karl McCracken

Karl McCracken


Experience

Both Ken and Karl have extensive business support experience. Prior to joining the North East LEP, Ken worked as a Senior Knowledge Manager at the BE Group, supporting the work of the national Business Support Helpline and building effective working relationships with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the business support community and Growth Hubs across England.

Karl has run a number of businesses including a manufacturing consultancy and copywriting business. An experienced business coach, Karl worked for Enterprise Agency, Go Wansbeck, before joining the third sector where he worked for sustainable transport charity Sustrans and North East charity, Recyke y’bike.

To speak to the Connectors and start your business growth journey, call 0191 338 7468 or visit the North East Growth Hub.

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