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Big Local is a fund created by Big Lottery Fund, and managed by Local Trust, to help local communities invest in projects that will make a long lasting and positive difference to the area. 150 Big Local areas have been established in England and each has £1,000,000 to invest in their community over a ten-year period.

An area in south-east Northumberland containing the four villages of Cresswell, Ellington, Linton and Lynemouth (CELL) was chosen as one of these areas.

How NCB are delighted to be partners with CELL Big Local

Small Business Start Up Loans:
An ongoing project with Northumberland Community Bank where loans of up to £500 are available for CELL residents who are keen to start their own business. Support will also be available with initial business planning.

How NCB supporting and adapted during COVID-19

NCB are pleased to be able continually collaborating and partnering with CELL BIG Local and a recent outcome of working collaboratively and cooperating with the Local Trust was to review the criteria and take a pragmatic approach given the recent COVID-19 pandemic and effects that it has had on small business and recent start- ups.

Check out Jerry’s story!

Jerry – “The loan was a great help in getting my business Covid-19 secure and ready to open. I didn’t have enough of a track record when lockdown happened to get access to any of the government schemes”

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