A catalyst for growth, prosperity and job creation, supporting businesses to create a stronger national economy.
Ngage are a business-led, not-for-profit economic development company which specialises in delivering targeted programmes of support to businesses across the UK.
We provide grant-funded projects, business advice, and networking opportunities and have a particular expertise in leveraging match-funded investment to support sustainable economic growth and improved commercial performance. Ngage works as a partner organisation to local and national government, the private and charitable sectors, universities and Local Enterprise Partnerships adding value to the core business advisory, triage, signposting and brokerage work of Growth Hubs.
Our flagship projects include:
Building successful partnerships which add capacity and knowledge is in our DNA. After all, economic development is inherently a multi-agency approach bringing funders, local delivery partners, subject experts and beneficiaries together to deliver growth and opportunity. At Ngage, we embody this spirit of collaboration, drawing from our connections in industry, academia and government, to deliver on both local priorities and national goals.
As experienced project managers, we work hard to ensure each initiative is delivered on time, on budget and on target. Because we work in many regions across the UK, we can share best practice methodologies with all of our clients. Of course, circumstances evolve - new funding streams become available, political priorities change, local opportunities emerge so Ngage is configured to be agile, flexible and capable of scaling up quickly.
We also understand that the world is changing. Economies need to be greener, more tech-savvy and more inclusive. Passionate about these issues, we stand ready to work with you to find solutions to the challenges ahead.
Combining all the pieces of the economic development jigsaw requires a multi-agency approach to partnership. This results in better decision-making, clearer local strategies, and stronger results. The majority of our project income is won in open tender and derives from the public funds, whether directly from a government department or via other publicly-funded agencies. Entrusted as we are to deliver with diligence and transparency, we recognise that building more productive local economies is a real team effort. Here are just some of the organisations we work with.
Working hand-in-glove with our key project partners, we add value to the core business support offer of regional LEPs and their Growth Hubs. We deliver management advice, fund sourcing, project delivery and marketing campaigns.
Partners and funders include:
Buckinghamshire LEP and Buckinghamshire Business First, Oxfordshire LEP and Growth Hub (OXLEP), South East Midlands LEP and Growth Hub (SEMLEP), Hertfordshire LEP and Growth Hub, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and Business Growth Hub, Black Country LEP and Growth Hub.
We work with all tiers of local government from unitary authorities to county, district and borough councils both as funders and delivery partners.
Partners and funders include:
Buckinghamshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council, Oxfordshire County and City Councils, Northamptonshire County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Bedfordshire County Council, Cherwell District Council, South Oxfordshire District Council, West Oxfordshire District, Council Vale of White Horse District Council, Reading Borough Council, Wokingham Borough Council, Windsor & Maidenhead Borough Council.
We partner with thought-leaders across the academic and vocational training sector to develop programmes which support leadership and management, research and innovation and prepare the next generation for the future of work.
Cranfield University Business School, Oxford Brookes University, University of Portsmouth, Warwick University, University of Buckingham, Bucks New University Centre of Excellence for Telehealth and Assisted Living (CETAL), Activate Learning, Bucks College Group and Buckinghamshire UTC
Charities play a valuable role in funding business support, sustainability and skills to their network of beneficiaries and stakeholders, as well as providing on the ground expertise during project delivery.
Esme Fairburn Foundation, Mind, The Prince’s Trust, The Fredericks Foundation, Bucks Vision, Action 4 Youth, The Clare Foundation, Community Impact Bucks, Buckinghamshire Community Foundation, Aylesbury Vale Advantage, RESTORE MK & Bucks, Sport MK, East Oxford Action, Talk Back, Wycombe Homeless, Heart of Bucks.
Government departments set the economic agenda, determine national priorities, and provide the funding needed to support local development initiatives and strategies.
Partners and funders include:
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK), Cabinet Office, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Work & Pensions (DWP), The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Department for Culture Media & Sport (DCMS), European Union (EU).
At Ngage, we are committed to providing outstanding service to our customers, suppliers and funders and creating a rewarding and enjoyable work environment for our employees. Walking the talk on corporate social responsibility and doing the hard yards to achieve best-in-class business accreditations reflects our on-going desire for continuous improvement. When we engage with businesses, we choose to act as a role model ourselves.
So whether it’s ensuring we’re cyber secure; signing up to the prompt payment code or committing to being a Living Wage Employer, we’re determined to uphold the highest standards. Our talented workforce are also encouraged to keep upskilling and improving their professional skills.
Experienced, able and passionate about changing local economies for the better. Meet Ngage’s talented leadership team.
Passionate about building vibrant business communities and making decarbonisation relevant for SMEs, Phillipa is the driving force behind Ngage. As our Managing Director, she has particular strengths in partner development, governance and finding innovative approaches to growth.
Philippa is highly motivated to make the right things happen for businesses, staff and stakeholders by listening to them, seeing the whole picture and joining up the dots at strategic and operational levels to achieve results. A great believer in openness, transparency and honesty, with a collaborative style, she has led Ngage through a period of radical change in the economic landscape.
Philippa has led our work on #NetZero and is an advocate of making decarbonisation relevant for SMEs. She wholeheartedly believes in the effectiveness of Peer Learning and the power of Action Learning Sets to find solutions to challenging and complex issues.
Prior to joining Ngage in 2004 Philippa’s career included roles within both the private sector and the public sector and she ran her own business for 19 years She is a board member of the Buckinghamshire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Buckinghamshire Growth Hub.
Adrian specialises in identifying funding opportunities, developing the business case for new grant-led projects, submitting bid proposals and tenders and initiating our work with partners and stakeholders.
In the past 20 years, he has acquired over £50m from UK and EU funding sources to deliver business support contracts, projects, and programmes. These schemes have benefited a vast array of organisations from inspiring start-ups in the creative sector, to supporting innovation in SME manufacturing and carbon mitigation planning in the property sector.
Prior to joining Ngage, Adrian worked in project management in both the public and private sectors with a range of delivery agencies often on large-scale projects, and has deep experience of taking ideas from initial concept to workable outputs and subsequent mainstreaming. He has also worked with councils and the university sector.
Heather manages the delivery arm of Ngage’s wide-ranging business support programmes. Her implementation teams provide enterprise-level business advice; manage the grant lifecycle; identify training needs and offer impartial brokerage services to help SMEs grow and thrive.
She also oversees Ngage skills initiatives, including Leadership and Management programmes, mentoring and needs analysis.
An experienced senior manager, Heather is a master of detail and strategy, working closely with the Funding Acquisition Team to ensure our programmes are deliverable and fit for purpose. She represents Ngage in skills-related matters at a strategic level with our partners in local and national government such as the Department for Education (DfE), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG).
Prior to her current role, Heather worked for the Business Link service and has operated at senior management level for a range of businesses from a small micro to a large national corporate.
Sarah is at the heart of Ngage’s data operations, delivering the management information and systems we need to measure and evidence the performance and impact of our programmes.
A key member of the senior management team, Sarah leads our IT and data operations team as well as having overall responsibility for human resources. Operating behind the scenes, Sarah’s team is responsible for capturing and reporting on the key performance metrics which our delivery teams and funders need to evaluate the success of our projects. Providing management information across the organisation, Sarah’s data insights ensure our programmes remain on-track and complaint with contractual obligations, while the use of the latest CRM technologies provides crucial analytics for the Ngage marketing department.
An experienced Prince2 project manager, Sarah leads our digital change projects and has specialist strengths in business analysis, data management and governance, data migration and business intelligence. She also has experience running a small family business in canine care which provides valuable insights into the challenges facing SMEs.
Lynsey takes an experienced strategic eye to Ngage’s marketing operations providing direction, guidance and leadership in branding, communications, digital marketing, and events as well as the roll-out of our flagship business support programmes.
Lynsey specialises in developing marketing messaging and programmes which cut through to hard-to reach audiences and deliver genuine engagement such as the LEADER programme which has successfully supported rural communities since 2015. She has also overseen the growth in the membership of the Buckinghamshire Growth Hub from a meagre 200 to an impressive 10,000+
Prior to joining Ngage, Lynsey was Marketing Manager EMEA for the iconic consumer lifestyle brand, New Era. She holds a BA Hons degree in Media & Management from Leeds University and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
A recent addition to the team, Louise is overseeing Ngage’s marketing function and projects from website launches and marketing campaigns to planning and brand repositioning.
She is currently covering Lynsey’s maternity leave.
Louise joins Ngage with over 15 years’ experience in brand management, marketing strategy, media and campaign planning for both small companies and well-known media, professional services, and leisure brands such as the BBC, NBC Universal, Warner Media, and Champneys Health Spa. Louise has strong international marketing experience having worked in the US and managed brands and marketing activity across (EMEA) Europe, Middle East and Africa. Louise is passionate about finding new, innovative ways to promote Ngage projects in the UK and internationally.
Will specialises in rural business support and funding programmes and has delivered the EU-funded LEADER programme since 2010. He has a particular interest in sustainable land management, food production and processing.
Prior to Ngage, Will worked in Economic Development for Northampton County Council and has an honours degree in City and Regional Planning. Having grown up in a farming environment he maintains a passionate interest in all aspects of agriculture and rural life and is keen to ensure sustainable land management, food production and processing is prioritised in future economic policy.
An accomplished specialist and consultant to the environmental sector, Daniel focuses on waste strategy, carbon mitigation, and green retrofitting, leading projects which lower the carbon footprint while reducing financial burdens.
As the Programme Manager for Low Carbon Workspaces, he is working steadfastly to make decarbonisation relevant to small and medium-sized businesses.
Before joining Ngage in 2018, Daniel carved out a career in waste management with Stoke City Council and as a consultant to the private sector. He has been a lobbyist for the US-based Citizen’s Climate Lobby and in 2015 was chosen as the UK delegate to attend The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Environmental Conference in Shanghai. Daniel has a first-class degree in Environmental Studies & International Business, and has a deep-rooted passion for sustainability.
Jane manages the Ngage Growth Programme, which offers business advice and grants to SME businesses looking to improve their performance and profitability.
Leading our team of Business Advisors, Jane consults with industry stakeholders to ensure our proposition and range of services continues to meet client needs. She is responsible for delivering on the programme’s output targets for job creation, product launches, new start-ups, grants and business support, which in turn drive economic growth measures such as turnover, Gross Value Added (GVA) and productivity.
Jane is herself an accredited Business Advisor and experienced Commercial Director having worked for over 14 years at Board-level in the professional services and educational supply sectors. Her specialist expertise is in product development, strategic planning, and supply chain management. To date, she has been responsible for driving revenue and profit growth for her SME businesses in excess of £15m and takes great pleasure in supporting other businesses to achieve similar results.
A specialist in destination marketing and tourism services, Lucy devises programmes which enhance regional appeal, support growth and resilience in local tourism and culture businesses; and create rewarding career pathways for tourism employees.
As Ngage’s resident tourism champion, Lucy works with Destination Management Organisations such as Visit Buckinghamshire to attract inward investment, talent and visitors to what has become one of the UK’s most strategically important service sectors. From providing consumer-facing web portals for Buckinghamshire’s tourism offer, to working with partners to develop comprehensive promotional strategies for the sector, Lucy and her team work intelligently to deliver sustainable, long-term growth though tourism.
Prior to joining Ngage, Lucy has enjoyed a long career in the travel industry encompassing travel agencies, tour operators, luxury hotels and corporate travel. Beginning in 1996 with Trailfinders, Lucy has worked in sales and marketing roles for British Airways, Emirates Holidays, and a range of hotel groups including Fairmont, Langham, and De Vere.