Small Business

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


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

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

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

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

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: 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

North East female entrepreneurs invest in growing maternity brand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

North East SMEs losing out on R&D tax relief

New analysis shows London dominates in successful applications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ambitious plans for Teesside vinyl store

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

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

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

North Shields duo launch children's tableware business

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

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

Former Sunderland footballer launches Element Transfer business

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

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

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


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