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Azure Charitable Enterprises

Azure Charitable Enterprises

Azure Charitable Enterprises is a very special charity serving the North East. Established in 1982 Azure has developed a wide range of services all in support of its mission, improving the lives of people who are disabled or disadvantaged.


Azure is about providing support to those who need a high level of assistance so they may maximise their independence and to others who need limited assistance to live full and fulfilling lives.


The activities are broad. Support to enable people to live in their own homes or to access community activities, training, support to find and sustain employment and through Azures businesses real jobs.


Azure has experienced managers in all areas, all totally passionately committed to the charities mission.




Azure Garden Centre

Azure Garden Centre was previously known as Shaw Garden Centre - we changed our name but not our mission, quality of service or our dedication in providing supported employment for people with disabilities.

Azure Garden Centre is one of the main businesses that support Azure Charitable Enterprises.



Our Businesses


  • Azure Garden Centre
    • Azure Nurseries
  • Azure Landscapes
  • Azure Printing - Pegswood



The Charity Operate the commercial businesses for a number of reasons - all in pursuit of the organisation's mission.

  • Firstly the businesses should generate a money contribution to the Charity to assist it further in its work.
  • Secondly the businesses provide employment to people with disabilities who are employed in a variety of capacities.
  • Thirdly the businesses offer an excellent training environment which can assist our own disabled employees in their development and progression.


Our Mission

"Improving the lives of people who are disabled or disadvantaged"


Azure will work with people who have a disability to maximise their quality of life, life chances and personal development.


Azure will provide an environment where staff development is nurtured and in which fulfilling careers may be pursued.



We are committed to

  • Recognising individuality and treating everyone with respect.
  • Identifying and responding appropriately to unmet needs.
  • Vigorously pursuing high standards and quality in all activities.
  • Openness and accountability.
  • Effective use of resources.
  • Development of worthwhile and productive partnerships with others.



The means by which we fulfill our mission include

  • Supported housing, supported employment, training, community integration, counseling or combinations of these and any other relevant support service which may be developed.
  • Trading activities of an appropriate nature.
  • Relevant processes to support and encourage the continuous development of staff.



Azure Garden Centre


A subsidiary of Azure Charitable Enterprises
(a charitable company limited by guarantee).

Registered Company No. 2746143 (England)
VAT Registration No. 556268809
Registered Office:
Kielder Avenue
NE23 8JT