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Small Business

All the latest on small businesses and start-ups in the North East. Plus information on funding and small business advice.

Bridget Holmstrom

Bridget helps Teesside small businesses prepare for growth

Finance expert Bridget Holmstrom has set up a financial company to help Teesside small business owners keep an eye on their balance sheets


Bailey & Co estate agents opens in Jesmond

Regional estate agent Ben Bailey has launched his own practice which he says will provide a more tailor, locally-focused service

John Gilfillan of Delavals, left, with Simon Johnson of NEL

NEL Fund Managers provide funding for Delavals Brewers venture

National Trust Beer Club secures investment from NEL

Pat Dellow, Area Commercial Director for HSBC

£100m for North East SMEs as firms invest in growth

HSBC has allocated £100m of finance for North East SMEs after research showed 2014 could mark a turning point for businesses in the region

Spending chiefs have urged the creation of a new £200m fund to help SMEs

North East small business owners urged to spring-clean their finances

David Ingram of TaxAssist Accountants in Gosforth, Newcastle, is urging small business owners not to be caught out by changes in the latest Budget

Stephen and Rachel Miller

Paralympian support for Woodhorn Museum business exhibition

Gold medal-winning Paralympian Stephen Miller and his wife Rachael are backing the Start Your Business exhibition at the end of April

Simon Laing and Bill Hartshorne

Entrepreneur sets up Cullercoats firm with help from Tedco and Virgin StartUp

Enterpreneur Simon Laing has launched Cullercoats Bike & Kayak with the help of Tedco Business Support and Virgin StartUp

Award delight for pump manufacturer Tomlinson Hall

One of the region's oldest manufacturing companies is celebrating winning a fourth industry awards. Tomlinson Hall of Billingham, took the Pump Industry Association’s Distributor of Year Award

John Famelton

Fitness expert launches Inline Fitness Centre Ltd in Blaydon

John Famelton has worked flat out for the past seven years which has enable him to invest £100,000 in his own fitness centre in Blaydon

Pyjama Drama

Newcastle-based ex-teacher launches Pyjama Drama business

Former primary school teacher Lucy Hall has set up Pyjama Drama imaginative play sessions for children under seven in Newcastle

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday to be repeated in the North East

Small Business Saturday aims to celebrate the UK's small business community, encouraging consumers to shop local, while helping businesses gain visibility and promotion

Dave Bowles, owner of AMS Creative Colour

Collaboration is fuelling growth for North East SME sector

A report has found the North East's small and medium-sized (SME) business sector is booming with 39% of firms saying they feel ready to take on large competitors when bidding for contracts

BE Group chief executive Alastair MacColl

Thousands of SMEs benefit from North East led voucher scheme

The Government's Growth Voucher Programmme has given £1.3m of help to more than 1,500 businesses since its launch a month ago

Spennymoor's Enterprise Street with, from left, Brenda Wilson, Ryan Olley, Tracy Parnaby and Ian Straker

Business booming on in Spennymoor - Unofficially renamed Enterprise Street after success

So many new businesses have set up on Cheapside in Spennymoor that it has been unofficially renamed Enterprise Street

Small Businesses are being urged to prepare a crisis management plan

North East small businesses urged to prepare for the worst with action plan

The Forum of Private Business is advising small business in the North East to prepare a crisis management plan

Alternative Business Funding

Alternative funders launch finance portal for UK SMEs

A collaboration between the UK’s main alternative business funders has been launched with a mission to make borrowing easier for the country's SMEs

Lorraine Holmes, Area Director for MAS (Manufacturing Advisory Service)

North East SME manufacturers plan multi-million pound investment drive

Manufacturers have pledged to make major investments this year to help them meet expected new demands, a survey has found

Small businesses' reluctance to borrow may point to signs of a protracted recovery

Concern at UK small businesses' reluctance to borrow

The newly-released SME Finance Monitor highlights the Forum of Private Business’s concern of a protracted recovery

Shutter Up Systems

Firm appoints first franchisee for protection system

Spennymoor-based Shutter Up Systems, which launched five years ago, is celebrating hitting turnover of £300,000 and appointing its first franchisee

Chris Pattinson of Tyneside Security with a state-of-the-art system

Son takes the reins to rejuvenate Tyneside Security

Marketing specialist Chris Pattinson has turned around the fortunes of family security firm Tyneside Security since taking over


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