NEPIC SME Growth Programme Reaches Milestone

Wilton, UK. The NEPIC SME Growth Programme has reached a significant milestone with the engagement of its 50th company. Hebburn-based engineering firm, TSG Marine, joins a strong group of growth orientated businesses already identified by the team.

The ERDF funded programme, delivered by the North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC), works with small to medium-sized companies and arms them with the necessary skills and networks to sell into the region’s process sector.

The NEPIC project team is assisting a diverse range of SMEs operating in areas such as engineering, biotechnology, environmental, chemical, consultancies and support services, all of which can be sold into the NEPIC network of businesses.

However, this support extends beyond NEPIC’s experienced team and includes senior managers from within the Cluster’s extensive membership base, whom have all pledged their time to support the programme and mentor businesses into growth.

Furthermore, project SMEs have benefited from a series of sales and marketing workshops that have been delivered in partnership with North East-based training firms durham lane, New Results Training, RTC North and Think Global Growth.
SME Growth programme manager, Philip Aldridge, commented on the milestone:

“We are thrilled to have signed TSG Marine as our 50th participating company. Despite this innovative engineering firm’s rapid growth within the off-shore sector, the team will work with the business to help them transfer their offering and expertise to the process industry.

“Although we have engaged with 50 SMEs to-date, there is plenty of capacity to help more companies as we seek to support a total of 120 companies over the 3-year life of the project”.

SME Growth is a free service available to growth-orientated Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland-based businesses employing less than 250 staff and with an annual turnover no greater than £40m per annum.

Supported by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, the NEPIC SME Growth programme will support eligible SMEs throughout 2016 – 2018 inclusive.

To find out how your business could benefit from SME Growth support visit or contact Philip Aldridge at or call 07803 625 005 or visit

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