Small Business

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

Chris McDonald of the Materials Processing Institute

Materials Processing Institute chief makes case for Catapult at House of Commons

Chris McDonald wants SMEs in the supply chain to be able to engage more widely with innovation and funding agencies

Damone Armstrong, left and Mark Burlinson, from Oggy Pets Ltd

Oggy Pets eye up lucrative pet products market with natural treatments

Gateshead-based firm has built an overseas customer base overseas with its range of cleaning and grooming products

Kelly Hill, left, and Georgina Dunkley of The Tonic Communications

PR agency The Tonic Communications gets behind Journal's campaign for prompt payment

Business with offices in North Tyneside and the Midlands says respect and trust are crucial to commercial relationships

Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp column: profit is not a dirty word

Companies should be open and transparent about their dealings to counter the feeling that profits are bad

The Northumbrian Tweed Company products

Northumberland woman launches cottage tweed business

The Northumbrian Tweed Company grew out of Susanne Hume's hobby and sees her fit work around childcare

Carol Nicholson launched Art of Glass following redundancy from a 30 year career in media advertising

County Durham former advertising woman turns glass art into promising business

Carol Nicholson from Shotley Bridge launched Art of Glass following redundancy in 2011

Ross Linnett, of Recite Me Ltd, was among those to join David Cameron on a trade visit to China in December 2013

Recite Me chief executive encourages funding route after major sales boost

Ross Linnett has seen his business profile rise through trade visits to China and an invite to Buckingham Palace


Building business for the North East at TEDCO Business Support - sponsored feature

Ready for Business is just one of the many business start-up programmes offered by TEDCO - sponsored feature

Neil Harrold

R3 vice chairman of North East branch Neil Harrold backs Journal's Pay Fair campaign

Hay & Kilner parter says devastation caused by late payment is avoidable and impacts on the North East's recovering economy

Joanne Miller in her Cullercoats shop

North Tyneside mum opens specialist alternative dog treatments shop

The Wandering Dog Company has launched from premises at Cullercoats Metro station in North Tyneside

Amyas Morse

Government prompt payment practice called into question

National Audit Office says SMEs may not be receiving significant benefits from a commitment to pay suppliers within five days

From left: Philip Aldridge, Phil Hollowood, Frances Stainthorpe, Martin McTague, Felix O'Hare, Joanne Rout

BASME programme looks to self sustaining future after major milestone

NEPIC’s Business Acceleration for SMEs (BASME) programme has been working with process industry linked firms since April 2012

Bethany Ainsley, founder of Nouveau Dance & Fitness, based in Peterlee

Dancer's County Durham social enterprise on track to double in size

Within two years, Nouveau Dance & Fitness expects to employ 24, reach 2,400 people weekly and have an established second base outside the region

Rev Glyn Evans

North East Institute of Business Ethics calls for re-think on 'supply chain bullying'

Co-founder, the Reverend Glyn Evans, says firms need to consider the human cost of their actions

Philip King, chief executive of The Institute of Credit Management (ICM)

Views sought on measures to toughen Prompt Payment Code

An enforcement board and the introduction of maximum terms are among proposals going out to consultation

John King, North East business support manager at NBSL

North East Business Support Fund extended into 2015

The Fund, managed by enterprise agency NBSL, has been extended until June 2015


UK small engineering firms offered first slice of £10m training fund

The first £2.5m of match funding pot is available to firms with fewer than 250 employees

Sarah Northey

Lingerie entrepreneur aims to grow Newcastle Naughty Knickers venture thanks to £50,000 funding

Sarah Northey, who runs Naughty Knickers Ltd from a unit at Lynnwood Business Centre, plans to use the invoice finance to fulfil a growing pipeline of orders

FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon

Fifth of small businesses facing 'supply chain bullying', says FSB

Business organisation reveals startling figures on practices ranging from late payment to flat fees and arbitrary discounts

Hazel (left) and Alexandria Coulson

Mother and daughter launch luxury dog fashion store in Morpeth

18 year-old Alexandria Coulson and her mother Hazel are about to open Urban Pooch Ltd in Morpeth


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