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£1m contract for enterprise agency

PNE Group, the Tyneside- based enterprise and economic development agency, has been awarded a £1m contract by Royal Dutch Shell to develop and deliver its global youth enterprise programme, Shell LiveWIRE International, for the next three years, writes Chris Tighe.

LiveWIRE, the only global youth enterprise programme, encourages and supports 16 to 30-year-olds worldwide to start up and develop their own businesses. It now operates in 23 countries ranging from Brazil to Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan, Singapore and the Netherlands.

PNE, founded 28 years ago as Project North East, has run Shell’s UK LiveWIRE programme throughout the UK since 1986 and LiveWIRE International since 1999. Four PNE employees work directly with partners in the participating country to develop innovative means of meeting the needs of enterprising young people across the globe and sharing good practice.

Shell LiveWIRE International runs a social networking website for participants globally at 

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