Small Business

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

Rob Nirsimloo, chief executive of the Hexham-based Multichem, which supplies inks to more than 30 countries

1,000 new exporters could emerge from North East, new report suggests

RTC North findings suggest support specialists could help a vast array of firms not currently exporting establish overseas markets

Leigh Caven at her nursery in Longbenton

Nursery entrepreneurs secure future of Longbenton service

Paul and Leigh Caven will offer additional services after taking over nursery from Barnado's and safeguarding six jobs

A collection of coins

North East SMEs losing out on R&D tax relief

New analysis shows London dominates in successful applications

The North East Art Collective in Eldon Garden. Pictured are Catherine Howard (gallery manager) and John Thompson (owner)

North East enterprises feature in Small Business Saturday build up

Four small businesses from the region are being promoted as part of the national campaign Small Business Saturday

Cievert's Chris Kennell

Newcastle firm Cievert secures NHS deals for its clinical software

NHS Foundation Trust spin out Cievert will see its CaS-per product used by NHS Foundation Trusts in Nottingham and Colchester

Claire Laing, one half of Bit-A-Sweet

Brother and sister sweet entrepreneurs create ten Northumberland jobs

Clare and Paul Laing, the brains behind the Bit-A-Sweet sweet shop chain are expanding

Dominic Jermey, chief executive of UKTI

Top man at UKTI visits North East to encourage SME exporters

Be brave and export - message to North East SMEs from the new chief executive of UKTI

Mike Cummins and Rev. Clive Devonish outside the Holy Spirit Church in Crawcrook

Cummins Chiropody & Podiatry saved after moving into Crawcrook church hall

Chiropidist Mike Cummins is back in business after his premises was destroyed in a blaze - after moving into a church hall

Peter Joynson of Synergi

SME demand triggers new division at Synergi IT

The division, fronted by director and technology expert Justin Short, has been established to focus on Microsoft SharePoint services

Kris Kennedy (Left) and John King (Right) with the new Fitstream app and website

Fitness entrepreneurs invest to boost digital presence

FITSTREAM, which was set up by Kris Kennedy and Paul Cranston, hope a new app and website – – will lead to growth in customer nationally and internationally

Teesside entrepreneur Bryan Goodall of Life of Vinyl

Ambitious plans for Teesside vinyl store

Life of Vinyl hopes to stock more than 30,000 titles within the next year

Carole White

Carole White: Making it your business to get out there and be seen

Carole White, Head of Business and Operations TEDCO Business Support Ltd gives her advices on starting up a business

FSB North East regional chairman Ted Salmon

Government must be more ambitious on broadband, says FSB North East

A leading business organisation has proposed a series of measures to put business at the core of investment in broadband infrastructure

Graeme Blyth and Maria Poblet of jinjabiscuit

North Shields duo launch children's tableware business

North Shields firm jinjabiscuit, which makes silicone-based products for children, is seeking investment through crowdfunding

Boda Home owners Will and Jade Skeels

Tyneside boutique home store continues to grow with e-commerce website

Specialist home products business Boda Home is continuing to grow after investing in a new e-commerce website

James Craft, Ready for Business advisor at Tedco, left, and Neil Simpson, founder of Element Transfer

Former Sunderland footballer launches Element Transfer business

Former Sunderland footballer Neil Simpson is firing ahead in the transfer business.

Cash, money, currency

Late payments are still a problem for North East SMEs

Small business owners are still being hampered by late payments from their customers, an industry group claims

Art entrepreneur Sue Stitt with a painting by Amanda Rabey

Washington teacher turns creative for 50-plus challenge

An art teacher from Washington has launched an online gallery to promote up-and-coming new artists

45% of SME leaders believe they will be affected by the World Cup

North East SMEs warn of World Cup woes

North East businesses fear many employees with be tempted to take unauthorised absences when the World Cup takes place

Luisa Scott, Newcastle Skin Clinic, Jesmond

Beauty therapist opens Newcastle Skin Clinic in Jesmond

Luisa Scott, originally from Gateshead, launched Newcastle Skin Clinic in Jesmond to offer techniques and treatments from Botox


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