Support for businesses in Newcastle

Businesses like yours hold the key to a successful recovery for the city and we want to make sure that you are aware of what help is available for you to re-establish successfully as Covid-19 restrictions begin to ease.

For information on Business Grants including the Restart Grant please visit our dedicated Business Covid-19 webpage here

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, , we can help by sifting applications to ensure candidates meet the essential criteria.

Please click here to 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.

We can keep you updated about the latest incentives and training opportunities that may benefit your new and existing workforce, such as increased apprenticeship funding and the National Skills Fund. Sign up here to receive updates from Newcastle City Council's Economic Development Team about issues relevant to your business.

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 claiming Universal Credit. For full details of Kickstart, visit the Government web pages.

Employers can apply directly to the Government here however there are intermediaries or ‘gateways’ that can provide additional support with the application process and help to recruit. We are working with the North of Tyne Combined Authority to do this for employers in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland

To find out more about the Kickstart Scheme in the North of Tyne visit their Kickstart web page or if you have any initial questions email SkillsHub and we’d be happy to help.

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

Sign up here to receive updates from Newcastle City Council's Economic Development Team about support available to help your business grow, innovate and adapt

Citylife Business Support, delivered by the Business & IP Centre Newcastle and NewcastleGateshead Initiative, offers support for small and medium sized businesses affected by COVID-19, to recover, develop and plan for the future. This includes:

  • One to One support from BIPC ‘Experts in Residence’ 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.

Government is announcing 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.

If you require any other business support or have questions please contact The Business Support Team

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