Support for businesses in Newcastle

Businesses like yours hold the key to a successful recovery for the city as a whole, and we want to make sure that you are aware of what help is available for you to re-establish successfully as we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown period.

Help to recruit locally with Jobs@SkillsHub

As a council we want to make it easy for employers to find the right people for their business. That's why we have created the free "Jobs@SkillsHub" service that will enable employers to tap into local talent. Our supportive team can help you design and advertise your current vacancies to ensure you reach the most suitable candidates. In addition (if requested) we will help you sift your responses and prepare for interviews.

As times are changing fast we will also keep you updated about the latest incentives and training opportunities that may benefit your new and existing workforce.

Please click here and create an account to start advertising vacancies. You can also call our friendly team to find out more about how Jobs@SkillsHub can help you future proof your workforce on 0191 580 6601. Alternatively, please complete our contact form here.

Access the Kickstart scheme to take on young people

Kickstart supports six month paid work placements for young people aged 16-24 years of age. It is available to any employer taking on a young person who is currently unemployed. For full details of Kickstart, visit the Government web pages.

Employers taking on 30 or more young people through the scheme can apply directly to the Government and could do so here. Organisations looking to take on fewer placements must work with a Representative intermediary to apply on their behalf. We are working with the North of Tyne Combined Authority to do this for smaller employers in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland.

To find out more about the Kickstart Scheme in the North of Tyne, or to express your interest in working with the Combined Authority to be your Representative for your Kickstart placements, visit their Kickstart web page, or contact Kickstart email. Or you can complete this online form to register your interest with the Combined Authority directly.

Help for employees facing redundancy

We know that many businesses are facing difficulties and may be needing to consider making redundancies as Government support reduces. There is a rapid response service available to help employers to manage redundancies, contact the Rapid Response Service to access this, or use the contact form on this website. The National Careers Service can support employees facing redundancy, including help to pay for retraining. To find out more call 0800 100 900 or visit the NCS website.

Help to grow or diversify your business

There is a wide range of support and finance available to help businesses grow, innovate and adapt.

We are offering Citylife Business Support, a new service for small and medium sized businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, delivered by the Business & IP Centre Newcastle and NewcastleGateshead Initiative. CityLife offers free support to help your business recover and plan for the future, including:

  • Up to 8 hours of free support from ‘Citylife Experts’ covering areas such as legal, financial, HR, digital, marketing and design expertise
  • Workshops tailored to specific business needs
  • A free events programme based on current business challenges, resilience, and innovation.

To find out more visit the dedicated website

If you have a capital investment project that would support growth, the North of Tyne Growth Fund may be able to provide a grant of up to 30% of the cost, visit the Growth Fund website to see if you are eligible and find out how to apply.

Our Business Energy Saving Team (BEST) can provide free energy audits and a 33% grant towards the costs of energy efficiency measures that will help cut energy bills, see the webpage for more information.

Government is announcing lots of other support and funding offers for particular businesses and sectors, including some 100% grants. We can’t describe all of these, and they are changing quickly so the best way to find out more is through the regional Growth Hub.

We know this is an uncertain time, Newcastle is open for business and we are here to ensure you get the support your business needs so please consider the support outlined above and get in touch with the organisations keen to work with you. If there are any other questions you have please get in touch with the Business Support Team and we will see what we can do.

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