Small Business

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


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

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

FSB North East urges politicians to become SME champions

The Federation of Small Business in the North East is asking European Parliament candidates to do what they can to help small businesses

Bridget helps Teesside small businesses prepare for growth

Finance expert Bridget Holmstrom has set up a financial company to help Teesside small business owners keep an eye on their balance sheets

Bailey & Co estate agents opens in Jesmond

Regional estate agent Ben Bailey has launched his own practice which he says will provide a more tailor, locally-focused service

NEL Fund Managers provide funding for Delavals Brewers venture

National Trust Beer Club secures investment from NEL

£100m for North East SMEs as firms invest in growth

HSBC has allocated £100m of finance for North East SMEs after research showed 2014 could mark a turning point for businesses in the region

North East small business owners urged to spring-clean their finances

David Ingram of TaxAssist Accountants in Gosforth, Newcastle, is urging small business owners not to be caught out by changes in the latest Budget

Paralympian support for Woodhorn Museum business exhibition

Gold medal-winning Paralympian Stephen Miller and his wife Rachael are backing the Start Your Business exhibition at the end of April

Entrepreneur sets up Cullercoats firm with help from Tedco and Virgin StartUp

Enterpreneur Simon Laing has launched Cullercoats Bike & Kayak with the help of Tedco Business Support and Virgin StartUp

Award delight for pump manufacturer Tomlinson Hall

One of the region's oldest manufacturing companies is celebrating winning a fourth industry awards. Tomlinson Hall of Billingham, took the Pump Industry Association’s Distributor of Year Award

Fitness expert launches Inline Fitness Centre Ltd in Blaydon

John Famelton has worked flat out for the past seven years which has enable him to invest £100,000 in his own fitness centre in Blaydon

Newcastle-based ex-teacher launches Pyjama Drama business

Former primary school teacher Lucy Hall has set up Pyjama Drama imaginative play sessions for children under seven in Newcastle

Small Business Saturday to be repeated in the North East

Small Business Saturday aims to celebrate the UK's small business community, encouraging consumers to shop local, while helping businesses gain visibility and promotion

Collaboration is fuelling growth for North East SME sector

A report has found the North East's small and medium-sized (SME) business sector is booming with 39% of firms saying they feel ready to take on large competitors when bidding for contracts

Thousands of SMEs benefit from North East led voucher scheme

The Government's Growth Voucher Programmme has given £1.3m of help to more than 1,500 businesses since its launch a month ago

Business booming on in Spennymoor - Unofficially renamed Enterprise Street after success

So many new businesses have set up on Cheapside in Spennymoor that it has been unofficially renamed Enterprise Street

North East small businesses urged to prepare for the worst with action plan

The Forum of Private Business is advising small business in the North East to prepare a crisis management plan

Alternative funders launch finance portal for UK SMEs

A collaboration between the UK’s main alternative business funders has been launched with a mission to make borrowing easier for the country's SMEs

North East SME manufacturers plan multi-million pound investment drive

Manufacturers have pledged to make major investments this year to help them meet expected new demands, a survey has found

Concern at UK small businesses' reluctance to borrow

The newly-released SME Finance Monitor highlights the Forum of Private Business’s concern of a protracted recovery

Firm appoints first franchisee for protection system

Spennymoor-based Shutter Up Systems, which launched five years ago, is celebrating hitting turnover of £300,000 and appointing its first franchisee

Son takes the reins to rejuvenate Tyneside Security

Marketing specialist Chris Pattinson has turned around the fortunes of family security firm Tyneside Security since taking over

Family firm Polar Krush to increase its turnover to £2m

Family-run drinks company Polar Krush, which is based on the Wansbeck Business Park, Rotary Parkway,  is hoping for a 50% increase in turnover this year

Future Energy Solutions invests £100,000 in engineering centre

Energy services company, Future Energy Solutions Ltd, works in partnership with Blackburn-based Nutech Ltd, part of the Bglobal group

Duo return to South Tyneside with new web business

Graduates Stephen Whitfield and Dan McManus, both from South Shields set up South Tyneside Business Marketing (STBM) last year

Bernie Callaghan: Crowdfunding's a credible system for raising finance

For small and start-up businesses, crowdfunding is fast becoming a credible alternative financial system. The newly published Centre for Cities report said that the North East lagged behind in terms of business start-up

North East SMEs hopeful for strong 2014

But the bi-annual SME Pulse report, produced by the UK's largest insurer Aviva, also highlights how many SMEs realise they need to take extra steps to keep their businesses healthy

Consett popcorn-makers Corn Again focus on marketing matters

Consett popcorn company Corn Again was initially set up in 2008 at the home of its founders Catherine and Richard Furze. In their first three years, the couple had ploughed £25,000 of their own personal savings into the business

SMEs moving back into flood-hit Newburn business centre

SMEs working on the ground-floor in the Owners' Business Centre in Newburn, Newcastle were forced to leave after damage to their base caused by water and silt

County Durham-based BE Group wins contract to help SMEs

County Durham-based BE Group will oversee The Department of Business Innovation and Skills Growth Voucher Programme

UK SMEs are still struggling to get access to finance

Smaller firms are struggling to access finance despite Government attempts to encourage lending, ministers have been told

Warning to North East SMEs on tax returns

A North East accountant has sent out a warning to SMEs in the region on the importance of filing in self-assessment tax returns early

Crypsis Lighting wireless light system attracts global attention

A North East entrepreneur has come up with a new lighting system that is attracting interest on a global scale

North SMEs are reluctant to expand overseas

SMEs are reluctant to expand overseas, with only a quarter planning to increase their international sales over the next year.

UK SMEs rely on personal savings to support themselves

Report shows quarter of small and medium-sized businesses used own funds and handouts to support themselves

Small businesses are now at a six-year high

The number of smaller firms has reached a six-year high of more than two million, according to new research

Darlington firm gaining global business

Darlington-based is the brainchild of Anthony Redpath and his son Alex who have already built up a 250-strong global client base since the firm’s launch in January this year

Durham City nursery with music focus hits right note

Do Re Mi has been set up by music specialist, Dr Jane Todd, with a £9,500 loan from Transmit Start-Ups and around £10,000 of her own cash

Big support for small businesses in the North East

The North East is to celebrate Small Business Saturday on the run-up to Christmas, with residents being encouraged to shop local


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