Our Members

Our members represent a variety of organisations connected to the enterprise support sector, all based in the UK and with one thing in common – they are all passionate about encouraging enterprise.

Initially, our members were drawn solely from traditional enterprise agencies – those that provided independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring to new and emerging businesses. As the enterprise support sector has developed, so has our membership base and we are proud to now also represent Chambers of Commerce, local authorities, other specialist enterprise providers, universities and corporate organisations across England.

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Research shows that those who seek support in the setting up and running of their businesses are more likely to survive and thrive. On this basis, there’s no question of the positive, economic impact resulting from the free or low cost support, training and advice offered by our members.

NEN members routinely offer their clients 3 types of support:

  • Advice – from nearly 1,000 employees or volunteers
  • Space – access to 861,110 square feet of managed workspace
  • Finance – from a loan book worth £57,861,996

 

 

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We are very proud of the impact that our members are making on the economy. Thanks to data collected from our members on an annual basis, we are able to quantify this impact and tell a strong story of the direct effect our members make on our economy.

Between 2017-2020 our members…

  • Helped launch 6,384 new businesses
  • Helped create 10,605 new jobs

 

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We are proud of how many clients our members reach through their business support services. Ensuring no sections of society are excluded is a challenge we all face. But, our members show good progress in supporting people from a range of social, cultural, geographic and demographic backgrounds.

Between 2017-2020 our members supported 45,805 clients
Of these clients…

  • 39% had previously been unemployed
  • 51% were female
  • 18% were from an ethnic background
  • 19% were based in rural areas
  • 22% were aged 50+

 

 

What impact has Covid-19 had on our members’ businesses and their clients? 

At the end of 2020, our usual Annual Conference and Awards event took place digitally, in light of the on-going Covid-19 pandemic. At this event, we shared this short video, showcasing the impact of the pandemic on both the businesses of our members and the clients they support. 

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