Accelerate Ashington – growing and creating local businesses

Accelerate Ashington, part of the wider Ashington High Street Innovation Programme, is a new service providing support to local businesses, to help them thrive and grow and create new commercial organisations.  Delivered in partnership with Advance Northumberland, it’s designed to improve Ashington town centre, making it more accessible and attractive to residents and visitors.

“We want to attract and nurture new businesses while also helping those already established in the town to grow and we’d urge organisations to get involved and register their interest. We are awaiting the outcome of a significant bid to government for transformational improvements to the town centre, and with the Northumberland Line also coming, it is a very positive future for the town.”

Councillor Wojciech Ploszaj, Cabinet Member for Business with Northumberland County Council

Digital support for existing businesses.

Working alongside industry experts, the digital element of the programme will support local businesses currently trading and operating within Ashington, helping them to introduce digital tools into their day-to-day business activity allowing them to grow and increase footfall. This support will provide fully funded access to Digital Audits, Digital Marketing Campaigns and Website Capability.

Thinking about starting a business in Ashington?

The start-up element will offer a programme of workshops covering the key skills individuals need to start and establish new businesses including business planning, finance and marketing.

Find out more and register your interest at

The programme is being funded by North of Tyne Combined Authority and will run until March 2024.