A brand-new Enterprise Hub at Newcastle College will offer local businesses and entrepreneurs a flexible working space and help to support the development of new talent while providing a collaborative space for students and business to thrive in.

Opening in the coming weeks, the Enterprise Hub is part of NCG’s’s Synergy Hub, which also includes a Digital Hub, Apprenticeships Hub and Solutions for Business. In addition, the Synergy Hub will also be home to NCG’s curriculum design department, ensuring that courses are developed in partnership with businesses and aligned with skills needs across the region.

The Enterprise Hub aims to enable even more collaboration between education and industry. Businesses in residence at the Enterprise Hub will be asked to dedicate time to support and mentor Newcastle College students and help them to gain real work experience and business skills, supporting the College’s goal to build a relevant and skilled workforce for the future. In return, Enterprise Hub members will benefit from fresh perspectives and new ideas from students, access to facilities including training rooms and breakout space, as well as the opportunity to access training opportunities and advice on apprenticeships and recruitment.

Grant Glendinning, Executive Principal of NCG North said: “The Enterprise Hub is a key part of our wider 10-year Strategy which is heavily focused on partnerships and industry links. As much as it is an offer to access a purpose-built workspace, it is very much about building relationships and creating connections between employers and skilled students and graduates. We have thousands of talented students at Newcastle College and we know that tangible links between education and industry helps to contextualise the learning of our students and support them onto their next steps. This is as much a resource for the region’s businesses who may need the support right now to access a working space, as it is for our students who will get to see real businesses in action and learn directly from them.

“We know that many North East businesses have suffered during the pandemic and are considering their options in order to cut their overheads. Whilst homeworking has its benefits, we know that office culture is of huge importance to many people. We hope that this supports those who want to return to a physical workplace to do so, whilst also giving businesses and staff more options around flexible and collaborative working.”

North East businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers, and agencies are invited to sign up to be part of the Enterprise Hub, located on Newcastle College’s city-centre campus, and access bookable private and shared workspaces where they can work and network with other local businesses.

Find out more about the exciting opportunities at the Enterprise Hub on our dedicated information page.