Open North Foundation

OPEN NORTH FOUNDATION, BRIDGING THE GAP

“Open North Foundation is a not for profit company dedicated to assisting the businesses and people of the North East to recover from the ravages of COVID-19. We will also support companies that were established during COVID and can show a credible business plan and demonstrate sustainable progress.

All who work for us do so free of charge in addition to their separate day jobs.

ONF has secured the support of leading North East businesses and organisations dedicated to helping to rebuild the economy of the North East.

ONF’s priority is raise the funds to enable ONF to support in a meaningful way as many businesses and organisations as funds allow. ONF is also looking for other individuals and organisations who support its aims to help grow the available funds to help ONF to deliver its goal.

ONF is committed to not spending a penny raised on anything other than the qualifying beneficiaries. We have zero overheads.

The businesses and organisations which ONF will support will be those which deliver long-term positive economic impact and create meaningful long term employment to help lift the region’s economy.

If you would like to support ONF in its mission please complete the pledge form and help to speed us along this journey to bridging the gap…”

Richard Swart – Chairman
Colin Hewitt – Vice Chair

Open North Foundation

OUR VISION

To provide financial assistance, technical support, business advice and consultancy to enterprises and individuals adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and those established during the pandemic who can show a credible business plan and can demonstrate sustainable progress.

We provide grant financing and/or free training and mentoring to qualifying beneficiaries (all subject to resource availability).

 Businesses supported should be those considered to have medium to long-term futures with job growth prospects. Exceptions may be considered.

Open North Foundation

OUR OBJECTIVES

Open North Foundation is a not for profit company dedicated to assisting the businesses and people of the North East to recover from the ravages of COVID-19, as well as those established during COVID.

Support business and social enterprises, including the funding of education and training for employees and potential employees.

Establish business and social enterprises / or develop existing business and social enterprises.

Develop the capacity and skills of individuals to realise further potential.

Open North Foundation

OUR TEAM

DIRECTORS

Richard Swart

Richard Swart
Chair

Global Sales & Quality Director, Berger Group Europe. CEO Berger Closures Limited, Durham. Governor, Durham School.

Honorary Vice President & Non Executive Director, Chair of International Trade 2008-2018 North East England Chamber of Commerce (NEECC).

Board Chairman, North East Worldwide.

Awarded The Manufacturer UK Top 100 for 2016.

Chair of Advanced Manufacturing Forum.

Colin Hewitt

Colin Hewitt
Vice Chair

Partner Ward Hadaway Solicitors

DIRECTORS

Claire Preston
Director

Claire Preston was the inaugural Tees Business Woman in 2018 in recognition of her work leading Middlesbrough based Lexonik from a start-up business to an award winning international entity, as a Northern Powerhouse Export Champion and her passion for the growth and prosperity of North East businesses and communities. Currently Commercial Director of North Yorkshire Education Services and Chair of the Halo Project, Claire brings skills and experience from the private and charitable sectors and has a keen interest in the part that education and training play in personal and business growth and success.

David Foreman
Director

Currently Regional Manager for Barclays, covering the SME market in the region, as well as working on national projects linked to Industry Policy for the bank.

David has wide experience in this market in the north east having previously worked as a Relationship Director and also carrying out a Credit Manager role with the same organisation.

He is a panel member for the County Durham Growth Fund, supporting Durham County Council in assessing funding applications for European Regional Development Fund grants.

Gill Courtney

Gill Courtney MBE
Director

Gill is a Director and co-owner of Wessington Cryogenics Limited, a Wearside based manufacturer of cryogenic pressure vessels for the oil and gas, bio-medical and physics research sectors. She has many years experience working in both public and private sectors and in previous roles has been charged with developing strategic and income generating partnerships which bring together; industry academia and cross sectoral stakeholders around the enterprise, employability, technology transfer and city regeneration agenda. Gill was a founder Board Member of the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and is currently Vice President of the North East England Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. She has always been a pro-active ambassador for North East business at a local, regional and international level which culminated in the award of an MBE for Services to North East Industry in 2011.

Paul Barron

Paul Barron
Director

Managing Director of Barron Williams Executive Search

Paul’s background is as a Director and Managing Director in asset finance and professional services, he is currently Managing Director of Barron Williams Executive Search. He has a Masters degree in Business Administration from Durham University and remains an active MBA Mentor for the Business School. Paul is also a Governor of Yarm School. Previously, he served for three years as Chair of the Institute of Directors for Tees Valley and as a Regional Committee member for North East region of the Institute of Directors and the Tees Valley and Durham branches of the North East England Chamber of Commerce. Paul has also previously served as a board member for the Finance & Leasing Association (asset finance) and as a parent Governor of Heighington Primary School.

Mark

Mark Stephenson
Director

Mark is the owner and Director or Stephenson-Mohl Group (SMG), the North East’s only dedicated public affairs agency.

SMG advises clients on how to affect policy change and win planning consents – two branches of work that span local as well as national politics.

Since forming SMG Mark and the team have advised on circa £2.5bn of development and investment and are continuing to grow the practice.

Paul Shields

Paul Shields
Director

Paul joined MHA Tait Walker in 2007 as a Chartered Accountant joining the Business Services audit team and was promoted to Partner in early 2021. Paul heads up our Durham office and is responsible for a portfolio of clients. Paul has extensive experience in dealing with owner managed businesses and regularly attends clients’ board meetings to offer both strategic and financial advice. He started working in practice in 1998 and during this time he has worked alongside a wide range of clients. Paul has a particular expertise in the Manufacturing & Engineering and Property & Construction sectors and he is part of the MHA Tait Walker specialist teams in these areas. Paul is also the captain of Whitburn Cricket Club.

T Cooper

Tania Cooper MBE
Director

Tania Cooper MBE is the Managing Director of Steel Benders UK Ltd providing steel forming and profiling services. SB is a family owned busines started in 2002 by Tania and her husband Malcolm. Based in Teesside and servicing offshore, architectural design, renewable energy and manufacturing industries.

Tania joined Alexander Technologies Europe in 1990 as Finance Manager and swiftly grew in the role to become the CEO. Alexander design and manufacture battery and charges for portable power applications. With sites in Mexico, USA, Malaysia and UK, supplying OEM customers globally. Tania has extensive experience and knowledge in global logistics, manufacturing operations, finance, procurement and CEM management, regulatory design management and ISO. Tania has participated and lead in several USA acquisitions and mergers and provided change management and corporate turnaround roles specializing is distressed acquisitions.

Tania won the North East Exporter of the Year Award (Overall Winner) in addition to being awarded an MBE for Services to International Trade and Business in the North East.

Previously Chair of the NE Regional International Trade Office for UK Trade and Investment, and Chair East Durham Business Services.

Currently member of Business Durham Advisory Board supporting business development and job creation in County Durham. Chair of the County Durham Regional Growth Fund and a Trustee for the NE STEM Foundation a charity which supports STEM education for children in the North East.

AMBASSADORS

James Ramsbotham CBE
Ambassador

James Ramsbotham CBE DL Chief Executive Officer, North East England Chamber of Commerce

Gillian Marshall

Gillian Marshall
Ambassador

Dynamic and motivated professional with a proven record of generating and building long term relationships. Adaptable and transformational leader, making critical decisions during challenging times. Expectational communication skills. delivers results which add value. Extensive knowledge across public and private sectors. Specialities: Leadership, Business Development, Mentoring and Coaching, Strategic Management, Service Excellence.

Present roles: Board member of Rural Design Centre, Board member of Tedco, Panel member of County Durham Growth Fund.

Previous roles: Chief Executive – The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Relationship Manager – UKTI, Business Development Manager – Business and Enterprise Group,
Various management roles – Barclays.

Jamie Ollivere

Jamie Ollivere
Ambassador

Jamie Ollivere is Managing Director of RTC North. Founded by his father in 1989 in Sunderland, RTC is one of Europe’s leading independent technology transfer companies and has built its reputation over the past 30 years for supporting small businesses with innovation, business growth and internationalisation. As well as providing services to SMEs, the company also works to promote the STEM agenda in schools and reaches over 10,000 young people each year. The company currently employs 85 staff and has offices in the North East, Yorkshire and North West England.

Nigel Mills

Nigel Mills CBE
Ambassador

Nigel is CEO of The Lakes Distillery Company. Nigel is a serial entrepreneur currently involved in building a global luxury whisky brand with a team of talented individuals based in the North East and Cumbria. Nigel is a former Chair of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.

Jonathon

Jonathan Moreland
Ambassador

Jonathan is a Partner and the head of the Dispute Resolution and Employment teams at Durham law firm, Swinburne Maddison LLP.  He joined the firm in 1991, qualified in 1993 and was later promoted to Partner in 1995. 

For over twenty-five years, he has been advising businesses and individuals on a wide range of matters – acting for national PLCs, limited companies, LLPs, partnerships, charities and academic institutions, such as universities and schools – and has been praised in The Legal 500 United Kingdom for his attention to detail and ability to provide clear and well-structured advice.

Jonathan is centrally involved with the management and strategic development of Swinburne Maddison and, as a business owner himself, is able to offer his clients a pragmatic and empathetic approach to help them identify and solve not just legal, but also commercial issues in the cases he deals with.

He enjoys links with the University of Durham, is the Chair of the Trustees of the Union Society, and also advises the Governing Body of St. Chad’s College.  In 2019 he was appointed to the County Durham Growth Fund panel.

James Kyle

James Kyle
Ambassador

James is an Investment director in the Rathbones Newcastle office having helped establish the office in the city in 2013.  He started his career in the wealth management industry in 1998 and specialises in the management of private client, trust, offshore and pension investment funds.   

James graduated in Law from Newcastle University in 1998, holds the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Diploma and is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI.  He currently sits on the Appeals Committee of St Oswald’s Hospice charity and is a former trustee of the Great North Air Ambulance Service

Alan Ferguson OBE
Ambassador

Alan Ferguson OBE is Director of Fergusons Transport.

Born in Blyth, the former president of the North East Chamber of Commerce, is current chair of the Blyth Town Deal Board and spearheaded its £25 million bid towards regeneration, with the outcome pending later this year. 

Established in 1926, Family-ran, Fergusons Transport is the largest privately owned haulier in the North East. Its portfolio of customers comprises local, national and international companies from all sectors of industry, including Amazon.With headquarters in Cramlington, it operates from several locations throughout the UK and also specialises in warehousing, logistics, removals and self-storage.

Paul McEldon

Paul McEldon
Ambassador

As Chief Executive of the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) Ltd, Paul comes from an accomplished background in finance and auditing with KPMG, having previously studied accountancy and financial analysis at Newcastle University. Since his appointment in 2001 Paul has injected fresh thinking into establishing the BIC as primary regional player in the fields of incubation, innovation and business support.

In addition to his work with the BIC, Paul works with several other organisations, all dedicated to shaping enterprise in the North East. Paul chairs the regional enterprise network group North East Enterprise Agencies Ltd (NEEAL), and was appointed chair of the National Enterprise Network (NEN) in 2012, prior to which he served as deputy chair.

Paul is also a Governor at Education Partnership North East and a Non-Executive at South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

Having also taken on a position as board member for Sunderland College, Paul’s role presents the opportunity to influence education within the region and position self-employment as a realistic career option.

In 2020, Paul was awarded the Outstanding Contribution award by National Enterprise Network in recognition of his exceptional work. The Awards recognised those in the enterprise support sector who have gone the extra mile in the most challenging year for business.

Brian Aitken

Brian Aitken
Ambassador

Brian was Editor of The Journal for 11 years. In his time there he built up one of the most extensive and powerful business networks in the North East and initiated a number of successful campaigns and projects that contributed to, and celebrated the success of, the region.

He started the Let’s Grow campaign which successfully bid for £60m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund. Working in partnership with the BE Group (now UMI) and chartered accountants UNW, Brian recruited a panel of business people to distribute the money to help companies expand.

The grant funding helped dozens of North East businesses safeguard or create nearly 5,000 jobs.

Other campaigns he initiated include:

· Proud to Back Apprenticeships which tackled the skills gap by promoting the benefits to companies of investing in training.

· Go Global which used case studies and expert advice to encourage companies to export their way out of recession.

· Think North East First which had the aim of keeping as many local pounds circulating in the local economy as possible. This was done by promoting North East-made products and services and encouraging people to seek them out when making purchasing decisions.

· Taste North East England, a ‘buy local, use local, eat local’ campaign aimed at consumers, retailers and chefs.

· Pay Fair, an ethical business campaign supporting smaller firms by encouraging companies to pay bills promptly

He set up his own business, Brian Aitken Associates, five years ago and has held Corporate Affairs positions at Newcastle United and Newcastle College as well as working for a range of clients including the charity Changing Lives, Redu, Northumbrian Water, UK Land Estates, Elite Fitness and FW Capital.

He has been a board member of the North East England Chamber of Commerce, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, Tyne and Wear Sport and the Tyne Theatre Preservation Trust. He is currently a trustee of Urban Green Newcastle, the charity that took over the running of the city’s parks and allotments from Newcastle City Council.

Sarah Slaven

Sarah Slaven
Ambassador

Sarah Slaven is Interim Managing Director at Business Durham, the economic development arm of Durham County Council.

Sarah has over 25 years’ experience in economic development, business support and partnership working in County Durham, in particular leading on business engagement to help businesses start-up, develop and grow in County Durham. Sarah was part of the management team that established Business Durham in 2012 and held the post of Operations Director until taking on her current position as Interim Managing Director. Prior to working for Business Durham, Sarah set up and managed East Durham Business Service, a public-private partnership.

Sarah is a Member of the Institute of Economic Development, and holds a BA (hons) in Law and Economics, and an MBA from Durham University.

Currently, Sarah is a Director of County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network (CDEMN) and of Aycliffe Business Park Ltd, as well as serving on the Board of the County Durham Economic Partnership and Innovate North East Ltd.

In her spare time Sarah enjoys walking and cycling with her family, gardening, watching cricket in the sunshine or relaxing with a good book and nice coffee!

Nicki Clark

Nicki Clark
Ambassador

Nicki is Chief Executive at UMi. Nicki’s professional experience includes the Financial, FMCG, and Business Service sectors which has also resulted in her working with a number of different cultures following her years in export. As one of the founding members of the team at UMi Nicki has facilitated a number of partnerships, acquisitions and has played a key role in the development of what makes UMi a very special place to work. She believes that businesses have the power to make a difference and by working together we can do more. Its that belief that is a key part of UMi’s culture today and is evidenced through employee ownership and a progressive open minded culture that thrives on doing what others say can’t be done.

Nicki’s has a number of other commitments that give her the opportunity to influence driving a balanced and thriving business community as well as the education of young people. All with the clear purpose of fulfilling our aim of making it easier for businesses to do more and go further.

John Adamson
Ambassador

Managing Director of Ramside Estates.

A Hospitality and Catering Business in the North East of England operating 8 Venues employing 650 people.

I’m continually trying to develop the business whilst having a social responsibility to the local area.

Married to Suzanne with 4 Children and 2 Dogs

Hobbies: Working on Hog Roast Trailers, listening to Soul and House Music and supporting Newcastle United.

Kevan Carrick

Kevan Carrick
Ambassador

Kevan Carrick is co-founder and chairman of JK Property Consultants LLP, founded in 2007 He has advised on master planning and delivering key strategic regeneration developments including: East Quayside, Newcastle; HMRC 1.6 m sq. ft., offices Longbenton and Washington; Transport Hubs at Hull, Darlington and Teesside International Airport purchase and formation of joint venture to develop 3.5 m sq. ft. of distribution units. He advises on landlord and tenant matters and acts as mediator/ arbitrator/expert in many property disputes. He also mentors sme’s and start-up businesses.

Present Roles: chairperson, and co-founder director of North East Initiative on Business Ethics; co-founder director and past-chairperson of Northern Dispute Resolutions Limited; and Director of North East Business Innovation Centre.

Previous roles: Chairman and partner Storey Sons & Parker; Chairperson and Trustee of Percy Hedley Foundation; Chairperson and Trustee Northern Counties School for the Deaf; Chairperson Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, North East Region; Chairperson RICS Commercial Market Panel; Chairperson working party RICS to publish The Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007; RICS spokesperson on Policy North East Region; Director Arbirx Limited (training Arbitrators, Experts and Mediators); co-founder, Trustee and Chairman Knowledge Foundation Limited, training and events in economic regeneration; Board member, NELEP Investment panel; and several regeneration groups in Newcastle and Durham.

Caroline Theobald

Caroline Theobald CBE
Ambassador

Caroline Theobald has spent her North East career connecting business people for mutual advantage and is passionate about creating commercial and life opportunities, particularly for young people. She was awarded a CBE for services to business and entrepreneurship in 2016 and is a lifetime holder of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Caroline co-founded, among others, FIRST, a learning and development company that specialises in entrepreneurial skills, and The North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE), a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to make the North East known as a place for transparent and quantifiable business practices. Caroline is also chair of the business advisory board at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University; an associate at Teesside Business School, an advocate of gender equality, a trustee of Newcastles of the World and an honorary diplomat representing Sweden

Chris McDonald

Chris McDonald
Ambassador

Born and bred in the North East, Chris is experienced in setting up and growing small businesses, as well as working at a senior level in multinationals.  Chris led the development of new manufacturing technologies and innovations for clients across the world, before leading the divestment of what is now the Materials Processing Institute in Teesside in 2014.  As Chief Executive, Chris has overseen the diversification of this 75 year old innovation centre, from its core business in the steel industry to cutting edge new developments in digital technologies, advanced materials, decarbonisation and the circular economy.

Chris is a prominent supporter of UK industrial strategy, often called on to comment in the media and provide support to government. He chairs the UK Metals Council, which connects the metals supply chain to government and is chair of innovation & enterprise at the Federation of Small Businesses, as well as being a North East Regional Council member of the CBI.

In supporting the Open North Foundation, Chris hopes to share his expertise in innovation, technology and strategic change, to support businesses in the region.

Warren Harrison

Warren Harrison
Ambassador

Warren is the Dean of Teesside University Business School.

HE joined Teesside University in 2002, focusing his work on the development of industry and educational partnerships, and led highly successful projects in collaboration with some of the UK’s largest media companies to develop the digital capability of SME’s and freelancers across the UK.

Warren’s strengths in spotting collaborative opportunities led to his appointment as Associate Dean for Enterprise and Business Engagement in 2017. Warren has always brought an international dimension to this partnership working, and this led to his appointment as Associate Dean International for the Business School, in 2018. Since this time, Warren has expanded both Transnational Education Partnerships and international student recruitment, playing a key role in securing new provision in the Czech Republic, Sweden, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and Singapore.

His work is now focused upon delivering the ambition to establish the Business School as truly international, realising global opportunities for study, research, enterprise, and business engagement, for the benefit of staff and students.

Hannah Hesselgreaves

Dr Hannah Hesselgreaves
Ambassador

Hannah is Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University and Associate Professor in Human Resource Development, where she oversees a large portfolio of business engagement programmes.

Hannah has spent the last 15 years helping organisations of many different shapes, sizes and sectors to bake learning and evidence into their management and leadership practices.

She is an experienced applied researcher and evaluator in the public, private, and third sector, conducting work for many organisations including the General Medical Council, the Department of Health, and BEIS, for whom she has recently conducted a BEIS-funded evaluation of advice interventions for SMEs. She now co-leads the Small Business Leadership Programme in the north.

Dr Matt Sutherland
Ambassador

Matt is an Associate Professor in Marketing and has worked with over 240 North-East SMEs, as well as some of the region’s larger businesses including Greggs plc and Sage UK Ltd. Matt is a member of the Management Board of The Small Business Charter, and has secured over £2 million worth of research income from his extensive knowledge exchange activity. Matt is currently involved in SME productivity research funded by The Dept. For Business Energy Industrial Strategy. Matt is currently co-leading the Small Business Leadership Programme at Northumbria University, a strategic training programme for senior leaders in SMEs. Outside work Matt is a school governor, he sits on a number of boards, and is chair of a North-East based charity.

Sharon Lane

Sharon Lane
Ambassador

Sharon Lane is Managing Director of Tees Components, a heavy engineering subcontractor in Redcar & Cleveland. Tees Components provides precision engineering services for defence, marine, and energy sectors. An apprenticeship and degree qualified mechanical engineer, and alumna of Teesside and Durham Universities, Sharon has led the family business for the last 15 years. Sharon is an enthusiastic ambassador for STEM and skills, a governor at Middlesbrough College where she chairs the Employer Advisory Board, and also sits on the regional advisory board for Make UK. Currently she represents the Tees Valley LEP on the Government’s Green Jobs Task Force. Sharon’s work has been recognised over recent years with awards including North East Business Executive of the Year (Teesside region), WES Top 50 Women in Engineering, and Tees Businesswoman of the Year.

SUPPORT TEAM

Carly Merryweather

Carly Merryweather
Project Coordinator

Carly currently works at Berger Closures Ltd assisting the Managing Director as Office Manager, utilising her skills, experience, HR and Business Management qualifications developed over the last ten years. A passionate advocate of personal development, Carly is an Associate Member of the CIPD and has dedicated much of her working life to the professional development of others, particularly through her work as a Teacher and Lecturer in the Work Based Learning Sector. Carly also has a vast range of experience in event and project management and previously worked in Regional Tourism for One North East.

Dee Lunn

Dee Lunn
Head Of Digital

Dee brings 20 years experience of design and digital expertise, applied across a range of sectors, including world leading brands. She specialises in enhancing engagement through effective use of a range of technologies.

PR & Media

Daniel O’Mahoney
PR & Media

Daniel has been at the forefront of public relations and reputation management in the North of England for over 30 years. He is a founding partner of Bradley O’Mahoney Public Relations, which was established in 1991 and has advised a vast range of clients in the public and private sectors. He currently sits on the council of the North East Chamber of Commerce and previously the regional council of the Confederation of British Industry. Daniel is a trustee of charity, Groundwork South & North Tyneside and a Director and Chair of Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust, which will have 34 schools by July 2022.

Sarah O’Mahoney
PR & Media

Sarah is a Director and has been with the business for 11 years. She works on a daily basis with the regional, specialist and international media and manages social media channels for a range of clients. Sarah leads on business development, including the firm’s growing specialisation in the area of sustainability and green marketing. Sarah sits on the regional board of the chartered institute of marketing, is on the CBI’s future leaders programme, the Young Enterprise NE volunteer board and is a member of tech hub Dynamo and a school governor.

Stacey Sweeney
PR & Media

Stacey Sweeney is the Owner and Chief Videographer at Scarlet Butterfly Media. After gaining a Media Production Degree at Newcastle College, Stacey set up her business about 4 years ago and has built up an impressive list of North East clients including some our large PLCs and in the Professional Services sector. Scarlet Butterfly Media have a wealth of experience producing innovative high-impact videos and photos that engage, enthral and motivate audiences, helping clients to stand out from the crowd.

Laurence Sweeney
PR & Media

Laurence Sweeney is the Chief Photographer at Scarlet Butterfly Media. After a successful career in Banking, Laurence left his role as the Regional RBS/NatWest International Trade Director to “focus” on Photography. He brings a wealth of experience working with Corporate Clients in the North East. Laurence is a member of the Guild of Photographers and is also an award-winning Wedding Photographer.

Open North Foundation

OUR SUPPORTERS

Barclays Bank PLC
Business Durham
Middleton Enterprises
Stephenson-Mohl
Swinburne Maddison
Wessington Cryogenics
Scarlet Butterfly Media
The Journal Newspaper
Tees Business
Hartlepool College
Clarity
Prima Cheese
Ribchester Accountants
Brewin Dolphin
North East Business & Innovation Centre
Federation of Small Business
Optime
Dyer Engineering
i2i Consultants

Berger Group Europe
Entrepreneurs’ Forum
Rathbone Investment Management
Make UK
MHA Tait Walker
Northern Echo Newspaper
Bede Homes
UMi
JK Property
Barron Williams
Vero Power
Murtek IT
Simon Berry Optometrist
Northumbria University
Tees Components
Teeside University
Muckle LLP
My Coach Joanna

Ward Hadaway
GJ Jackson Accountants
Regional Technology Centre
The Lakes Distillery
Bradley O’Mahoney Public Relations
Jackson Hogg Recruitment
Advanced Manufacturing Forum
Hunter Johnstone
Wear Business
IRR Trenchless
Turbo Power Systems
Trendsetters
North East Initiative on Business Ethics
Fergusons Transport
Ramside Hall
Finbarrs
Neue Schule
Newlands Fund Research

Open North Foundation

GRANT APPLICATIONS

Grants will range from £1,000 to £5,000.

Exceptional requests may be considered by the Board. Only in exceptional circumstances can a beneficiary receive payment more than once.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they had a healthy business before COVID-19, that they have been significantly impacted by COVID-19 and that our targeted assistance of a cash grant and/or training can assist their recovery.

We will also support businesses that were established during COVID-19 and can demonstrate a credible business plan and sustainable progress.

We also offer a wide range of non-financial support including free training and mentoring, subject to availability.  Applicants are urged to identify specific training needs in their application to enable us to match our support offer accordingly.

The beneficiary should be willing to promote the support they have received from Open North Foundation and their name may be publicised.

Please submit all applications for grant funding and training via our application form.

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