This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Find out more hereX

Sustainable Start-up Award



If you're 18 to 30, live in the North East, and have a business idea with a positive social or environmental impact, then our £1,000 Sustainable Start-up Award could be for you! 

The Sustainable Start-up Award is a discretionary grant awarded to North East residents whose businesses positively demonstrate their commitment to supporting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and its mission of ending poverty, inequality, and climate change via innovative thinking, emerging technologies, and ethical business models.

The discretionary grants can be for businesses making a positive social or environmental impact, or to cover costs that enable the business to be more sustainable (for example purchasing recycled materials, or energy efficient tools or equipment).


Who can apply?

To apply, you must:

·         Be aged between 18-30 and reside in the North East of England*

·         Have a business idea that supports at least one of the SDGs

·         Have less than £15,000 in total personal assets

·         Demonstrate a need for financial support

·         Be pre-start or have been trading for less than twelve months



For more information, please see our Sustainable Start-up Award FAQs.


* Within the context of this Award, the North East of England is defined as Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Teesside.


How do I apply?

Applications can be made through our application portal. Completed application forms should then be emailed to

Once we receive your application, a member of the PNE Enterprise team will review it against our eligibility criteria. We will then contact successful applicants via email and inform them of the next stage in the process.

We are currently accepting applications for the Sustainable Start-up Award. If you require support with your application, please contact a member of the PNE Enterprise team on 0191 230 6410 or


Apply Now >


View Full Terms and Conditions of the Award >


Looking for inspiration?



Isabella West, Hirestreet

Hirestreet enables customers to rent and return high-street fashion for a fraction of the retail price. Founded by 25-year-old Isabella West, the business aims to tackle the textile waste problem by providing affordable clothing available to rent for 10 days. A recipient of PNE Enterprise's Sustainable Start-up Award, in the following interview, Isabella hopes Hirestreet will support women across the UK to reduce their fashion footprint.

Continue Reading >


Beth Fuller, Noa Vee

The standards of the beauty industry are everchanging, influenced by shifting expectations in society and representations in the media. Embracing diversity has become a top priority for brands across the globe, and new movements are championing authentic beauty. Noa Vee, one of the first businesses to have been awarded the Sustainable Start-up Award, is just one of the newly-founded brands leading the movement. 

Continue reading.>


Dale Parker, Buddy Bubbles

When it comes to the overall health and wellbeing of our canine companions, there's no underestimating the importance of grooming. But the products used on our beloved pets to maintain their glossy and shiny coats are not always environmentally friendly. For one North East start-up, Buddy Bubbles, the solution is simple: remove unnecessary chemicals and detergents in favour of natural, homemade and vegan alternatives to dog shampoo and conditioner

Continue reading.>




pne development