A prominent North East businessman has established an SME hub to support entrepreneurs across the region in their start-up and expansion plans.
Ammar Mirza has set up the SME Centre of Excellence on Main Street, Ponteland, offering practical support in areas including accountancy, legal, HR, websites and digital marketing.
The “one-stop-shop” also provides hot-desking and virtual office space, workshops and advice surgeries.
Mirza, who was awarded a CBE in 2014 in recognition of his efforts promoting the North East business community, said: “The North East is a region famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and world-changing inventions, and we continue to make waves internationally in so many sectors through the inspirational work of the businesses we have based here today.
“This really is a fantastic place to do business, and through the opening of the SME Centre of Excellence, we hope to inspire the creation and growth of many more ambitious and successful ventures.”
Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, opened the centre and hailed the hub as a “real coup”.
He said: “We see the SME Centre as a great addition to the support on offer to local, national and international businesses. The service excellence approach is one we will be watching and supporting with interest to see how we can further expand across our growing region to help provide the right support at the right time.”