Small Business

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

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

Launch of Journal PayFair Scheme - from left Simon Hansen Federation of Small Businesses and Prof John Wilson of Newcastle Business School

Prompt payment campaign launched by The Journal

North East firms urged to sign up to ethical standards on how they pay their suppliers as part of The Journal's new campaign

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


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