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Azure Charitable Enterprises

Azure Charitable Enterprises

Azure is a North East Charity based in Cramlington providing support to people who are disabled or disadvantaged. The services provided by Azure enable people to live more independently, access the community, find and stay in employment and gain skills through training. 

Azure’s Support, Education and Employment Services enable people with different levels of need to live a full and active life. All services are tailored to reflect choice and are delivered in a flexible, person focused way to promote personal development. Azure’s aim is to support clients to achieve autonomy and choice in the opportunities they pursue.

Key to our work are the businesses that we operate including a Garden Centre, Horticultural Nurseries and Grounds Maintenance division operating from Cramlington, a Business Centre in Newburn and a Printing & Design business serving clients across the North East. All businesses were established or acquired to support the Charity’s mission and now make an increasingly important financial contribution to the work of the Charity.




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 Business Centres



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