Joining forces

September 8, 2016

What is The North East Hub?

Paula: The hub provides expert legal and human resources (HR) advice, as well as access to quarterly networking events, eBulletins and business talks. Its aim is to help businesses establish strong foundations upon which they can flourish. The new concept combines providing fledgling businesses with practical advice to help them be legally compliant, together with access to information and a networking hub that provides peer-to-peer support.

Given that many SMEs fear the cost implications of getting professional advice, ensuring that access to essential legal and HR advice was affordable was a key consideration for us when setting up.


What advice and support will members receive?

Jayne: There are three annual membership options depending on your business and people requirements. Organisations can pay a monthly fee of £60 (+VAT) for either the Business package or People package; or £99 (+VAT) or both.

The packages include access to HR and business law advice, as well as key business documents such as sales and services’ terms and conditions, a bespoke employment contract, an HR admin guide and a debt recovery procedure – to name but a few. We know that business people in the North East are naturally very supportive of each other, and all members will get free access to The Hub events and eBulletins, too


What prompted you to join forces in this way?

Paula: David Gray and The HR Dept have been working collaboratively for some time now, bringing our respective skillsets together for the benefit of businesses. This sparked the idea of formalising our working arrangement, but we were also keen to create something that brings business people together to share experiences and knowledge – The Hub does exactly that.


What sort of businesses will benefit from joining?

Jayne: The hub is aimed at start-up or fledgling businesses, but also those larger SMEs who have grown quickly and perhaps overlooked the legal foundations and they can now identify this as a risk to further growth. We understand that starting out on your own is daunting. It’s easy to be bombarded with information, yet it can be difficult to extract exactly what legal factors you need to consider. On a restricted budget, the potential cost may also be off-putting yet getting the foundations of your business is something that you can’t afford to get wrong. Getting the ‘legals’ right is exactly the thing that can protect your business as it grows and, also, should things not go to plan.

To join the hub, contact Paula and the Business Team on 0191 243 8147 or email


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