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North East Access to Finance – Supporting the Region’s Businesses

North East England has led the way in the provision of publicly backed investment funds to support SMEs. North East Access to Finance was set up to oversee the returns generated by such financial instruments and to re-deploy them into new funds for firms in the region, with match funding from the European Regional Development Fund and elsewhere. The Finance for Business North East fund will be investing until late 2016. Right now, we are working with funding partners and the Local Enterprise Partnerships to develop successor funds to benefit the next generation of North East businesses.

NEA2F commissioned EKOS to carry out a research study on the impact of publicly backed investment funds in assisting SMEs to access finance. Based on this research, we published our Strategic Overview and Recommendations, setting out a clear strategic direction which can be applied not only in the North East but nationally. You can read this report at the following link Strategic Overview web version

If you are looking for business support advice, please either call 0300 456 3565 or click on this link https://www.gov.uk/business-finance-support-finder.

The information contained in this website is meant only as a guide. NEA2F accepts no responsibility for actions taken in reliance on or in connection with this website. Where reference is made to external publications or websites, the views expressed are those of the authors of those publications or websites and NEA2F accepts no responsibility for their content or accuracy. Whilst every reasonable endeavour has been made to ensure that information on this website is accurate and up to date, NEA2F makes no warranty or representation that this is the case.

Current Opportunities

Non Executive Director

North East Access to Finance is responsible for realising investments from publicly funded financial instruments and deploying them into new funds for local SMEs.

We are seeking a Non-Executive Director with the expertise and strategic skills to ensure continuing Access to Finance provision for North East SMEs.

The position is remunerated and involves governance oversight, strategy and risk management. Time commitment is 2-3 days per month.

You will be grounded in the business community, understand Access to Finance and the local political environment and have recent non-executive experience.

Applications by CV and covering letter. Full details from Stephen Lightley (Chief Executive) on 0191 499 8550 or stephen.lightley@nea2f.co.uk.

Closing date for applications Wednesday 15 June 2016

NEA2F is committed to equal opportunities