25 Mar

It’s not business as normal – Covid 19

More of us are now working from home and vital community centres in the most disadvantaged communities have had to close. For those still working we’ve had to adapt to home working and working with volunteers and groups has become challenging. This week I’ve started to use Zoom and Houseparty, which means Upstart Enterprise can […]


28 Feb

2020 sees Upstart’s delivery of more Enterprise in disguise projects in Newcastle

We are delighted to have been awarded funding to deliver more ‘Enterprise in disguise’ community action projects across Newcastle. We’re kicking off with a jobs and skills fair in Throckley on Thursday 30th April, followed by a further jobs and skills fair in Fawdon in June 2020. The jobs fair in Throckley will be focusing […]


21 Feb

The benefits of sponsoring an afterschool club

Upstart Enterprise has a proven track record in delivering quality afterschool and during school clubs to years 5-8 (ages 9-13). Funding is hard to come by for running these clubs in deprived areas of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland. Sponsoring a club can be great for company CSR and by doing so your staff can […]


24 Jan

Upstart Enterprise volunteers in Benwell organise a launch event

We’re really pleased to be working with a group of volunteers in Benwell in Newcastle. It’s on a launch of new office spaces at Carnegie Building. The office spaces lend themselves well to like-minded charities and social enterprises who want a Newcastle base. The project will help build the volunteers’ skills in marketing, enterprise and […]


22 Jan

Awesome feedback from Upstart after school kids

We’re bowled over by the awesome feedback from parents, children and teachers so far for the after school clubs we run across Newcastle. Our 7 week programmes focus on ideation, smart thinking and the development of entrepreneurial skills. We’ve got loads of testimonials but these children perfectly sum up what the clubs are about:


24 Aug

Shy bairns get nowt – Throckley jobs fair 2019

Community Lottery Awards for All enabled us to work in Throckley in 2019. We worked with community volunteers who identified a need for a jobs and skills fair for the young unemployed and returners to work which attracted over 80 visitors. We’ll let Councillor Linda Wright explain in her own words how successful the jobs […]


1 Jan

How the Gatsby Benchmarks influenced the start of Upstart

In 2018, I volunteered to help in PSHE classes for Year 7, working on an enterprise challenge. What I found was that the teachers were great at teaching the curriculum but teaching a class of 30 kids enterprise skills (when they have no experience themselves) was tough. I was also a North East LEP Schools […]