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Sage resets vision for Northern Powerhouse with new Campus North sponsorship

Leading business software company Sage has renewed their sponsorship of Campus North and Ignite (‘the UK’s most successful seed accelerator programme’) in a move that helps support Newcastle’s growing reputation as one of the UK’s premier hubs for tech startups.

Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, over 4,000 people have visited the 10,000 sq. ft. Campus North co-working and events space since opening in May 2014. Since then, Campus North has established itself as a key component of the North East’s vibrant start-up scene, becoming the premier destination for tech startups, developer meetups and networking events.

Sage was one of the founding sponsors of Campus North with a £10,000 cash injection for events and business community development and staff have also provided ongoing marketing support and mentoring for the Ignite programme. Sage CEO Stephen Kelly also gave his first public talk there in March to an audience of students, entrepreneurs, investors, enterprise professionals and academics.

The extended sponsorship sees the UK’s only FTSE 100 software company strengthen its ties with Ignite and Campus North with a further £12,000 cash injection. Sage will also make more of their in-house experts and developers available for mentoring, masterclasses and to share the knowledge gained from supporting millions of small businesses around the world.

The announcement follows the news that Sage is also the new headline sponsor for StartUp Britain which will see Sage providing both commercial support and expertise to fledgling businesses, including a more regional focus to start-up events and the famous, nationwide StartUp Bus Tour.

Launched four years ago, StartUp Britain is a non-profit campaign run by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. As part of the Centre for Entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurs' think-tank - the campaign harnesses the expertise and passion of Britain’s leading business people, aiming to celebrate, inspire and accelerate enterprise across the UK.

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“Without doubt the North East is one of the best places in the UK to start a business. We have world class Universities, people and ideas, and we’ve seen first-hand how those ingredients can create amazing businesses with the right support.”

“Campus North is a fantastic initiative that is not just inspiring the next wave of entrepreneurs, it is a focus for the thriving entrepreneurial community and a place where people can come together to share expertise, insights and ideas. That open collaborative mind-set is one of the things that sets the North East start up scene apart and is one of its greatest strengths. Supporting and enabling that cross-pollination of thinking is something that everyone at Sage is immensely proud of,” said Lee Perkins, EVP & Managing Director of Sage UK and Ireland.

“Sage has been a true partner of Campus North since the beginning, and I’m excited about the opportunity this extension creates for the entrepreneurial community,” said Paul Smith, Campus North / Ignite100 Co-founder and Director. “Together, Sage and Ignite100 are helping to build a true Northern Powerhouse on the UK start up stage.”

Since May 2014, Campus North has supported:

  • 73 tech meetups
  • 43 early-stage startups
  • 12 free community coding classes
  • 7 educational workshops
  • 5 student mixer events
  • 3 accelerator showcases
  • 2 hack weekends
  • 1 Maker faire
  • Fringe events for Thinking Digital and Industry Conference

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About Sage
Sage energizes the success of businesses and their communities around the world through the use of smart technology and the imagination of our people. We are reimagining the business of doing business and bring energy, experience and technology to inspire our customers to fulfil their dreams. We work with a thriving community of entrepreneurs, business owners, accountants, partners, developers and 3rd party service providers who drive the global economy. From social accounting apps to enterprise-class software, millions of businesses use Sage to transform the way they work. We are a FTSE 100 company with 13,000 employees in 23 countries. For more information, visit

About Campus North
With over 150 founders, designers, and developers working in the space, the environment is one of collaboration and creativity. It's a place for people to get inspired, work together and grow. Campus North residents are small teams with big visions - the next generation of technology founders and entrepreneurs. Campus North fosters and supports the community by providing workspace, offering events and supporting education.