Small Business

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

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

Steven Renwick, founder and chief executive of Satago

North East digital start-ups aim to tackle late payment problem

Some firms in the North East are developing innovative automated solutions to improve the payment situation

Kay Allen, OBE, founding director of Trading for Good

Trading for Good backs Journal's Pay Fair campaign

Paying on time makes good business sense, says the founder of not-for-profit initiative Trading for Good

Lucy Armstrong, Chief executive, The Alchemists, Newcastle

Head of the Alchemists backs Journal's Pay Fair campaign

Prompt payment campaign is chance to do business in a better way, says Lucy Armstrong

Calvin Kitchin tends to the pizza oven at his Chillingham Road shop

Heaton pizza entrepreneur Calvin Kitchin challenges chains with New York style pizza parlour

Heaton's Cal's Own has successfully convinced New Yorkers of its authenticity

Joe Meagher, who owns Lola's Coffee next Newcastle Central Station

Is this the smallest small business ever? Coffee entrepreneurs set up on tiny Newcastle site

Joe Meagher and Josh Thompson have established Lola's Coffee in the area outside Science Bar, near Central Station

Amy Clarke and Helen Turner of Rosie and Radish

Former graphic designer and illustrator launch greetings card business in North Tyneside

Amy Clarke and Helen Turner created 'Rosie and Radish' after pursuing careers outside of the region

Steve Housden, CITB Sector Strategy Manager for the North East

Construction group CITB supports The Journal's Pay Fair campaign

The body responsible for construction skills training has launched its own framework to promote an ethical and diverse culture in the sector

John Dickson

Lifting the lid on the 'Pandora's Box' of the North East construction industry

Owen Pugh Group chairman John Dickson says sector is riddled with unethical behaviour when it comes to paying suppliers

A horse owner on the extreme trail at Alison Johnson Horsemanship

Going is good for County Durham horse whisperers Alison Johnson Horsemanship

Alison Johnson Horsemanship has evolved its services and is now planning a purpose built indoor training school


£110m support package for North East small businesses

A £110m fund to drive forward North East small businesses has been set in motion by RBS and Natwest

Alex Purvis runs a small marketing firm called Pink Label Marketing. The firm has run into problems repeatedly with late payments.

Prompt payment is a matter of respect, says marketing firm founder

Alex Purvis is supporting the Journal's Pay Fair campaign as she believes a cultural shift is required to highlight the benefits of ethical business


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