Small Business

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

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

Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp: People trust local businesses more

There's a job to be done in improving the image of the business community, says the regional head of the CBI

Sara Davies of Crafter's Companion

North East female entrepreneurs invest in growing maternity brand

No less than seven North East businesswomen have invested in Bibee Maternity.

Jules Quinn, from the Tea Shed, at Northumbria University

The Tea Shed launches Business is GREAT Christmas campaign

Founder Jules Quinn set the campaign in motion as her firm is the first to be featured in a special advent calendar

The Rev Glyn Evans of St Andrew’s Church, Newcastle

London links to provide support for North East Institute of Business Ethics

The London-based Institute of Business Ethics is keen to support its North East counterpart after being impressed with the Pay Fair campaign


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