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RTC Appoints Scaleup North East Programme Director

Dec 13, 2017


Jason Legget

RTC North is delighted to announce that Jason Legget has been appointed as Programme Director for a ground breaking new initiative, Scaleup North East, which launches in January 2018.

Delivered by RTC North in partnership with the North East LEP, Scaleup North East will form an integral part of the North East Growth Hub. The programme will support businesses with the ambition and drive to achieve a real step change in business growth.

Businesses involved in the programme will be matched with an experienced Scaleup Partner to work with them throughout their journey to support and inspire them to achieve their growth goals.
Jason is currently Project Director for the £4.2m Creative Fuse Northeast programme, working with 5 North East Universities, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the National Centre for Universities and Business and Arts Council England.

Jason will join Scaleup North East in February 2018, bringing with him substantial experience of developing and leading major economic, business development and innovation programmes.  Having also worked in large corporations such as Trinity Mirror PLC, academic institutions such as Sunderland University and directed high profile public/private programmes such as the £30m MediaCityUK initiative.

Andrew Buckley, Chief Executive of RTC North said: “We are delighted to have Jason on board to lead this high profile initiative.  RTC has been supporting North East businesses for 30 years and is incredibly proud to be delivering the Scaleup North East programme. Jason has a wealth of expertise and established relationships with key stakeholders in the region that will be invaluable in delivery of this programme”.

Jason Legget said: “I am really excited to be leading this programme and look forward not only to working with the region’s existing scale up businesses, helping them to overcome any barriers to continued growth, but also to identifying and nurturing the next generation of scale up businesses”.

Businesses that think they could benefit  from the programme are being asked to come forward to register their interest at www.scaleupnortheast.co.uk and sign up to the launch event on January 26 at the Crowne Plaza hotel, Newcastle.

Scaleup North East is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

The project received a £700,000 grant from the Local Growth Deal through the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).  

For more information, please visit www.scaleupnortheast.co.uk or call RTC North on 0191 516 4400.