TWO business advisers have been appointed to run a new programme for start-up firms in the North East.
Emma Mitchell and James Craft have joined enterprise agency Tedco to provide intensive one-on-one support as part of its Ready for Business programme.
They will help entrepreneurs and small business owners through every step of business start-up from pre-start planning onwards and will particularly focus on helping firms to secure finance. The scheme will also continue to offer coaching and mentoring support beyond the initial start-up stages.
Ms Mitchell, from Easington Village, is a former business manager at Yorkshire Bank who will cover the Newcastle and Gateshead areas.
Mr Craft, who was formerly a business adviser with Santander and also held business advisory posts with Business Link and Barclays, will cover County Durham and Darlington.
The Ready for Business programme was launched in July last year with the aim of creating 900 new jobs in the North East.
The scheme followed investment from the Regional Growth Fund and a partnership with Barclays Bank to deliver intensive start-up support for businesses, with start-up finance high on its agenda.
Ms Mitchell said: “Ready for Business is a very intensive programme which takes individuals through the often challenging start-up journey to provide targeted advice on every key stage, from business planning to securing finance to sales and marketing.
“This unique programme focuses in on the commitment and dedication needed by individuals to get a workable business idea off the ground and build the commercial relationships required to sustain growth.”
Mr Craft said: “The programme is very much targeted at individuals who have a clear commercial idea of how they want their business to develop in the future and tackles issues around recruitment and employment of staff to support that growth.
“Ready for Business is ideally placed to help them focus these objectives and take the necessary steps to achieve success.”
Barclays Bank is running a number of free business seminars in the region.
The next available seminars will run today in Durham at Prince Bishops Centre, City Centre, and tomorrow at Cobalt Business Exchange in North Tyneside.
For more information about Ready for Business support, seminars and events in the North East, contact Emma Mitchell on (07885 801377) or firstname.lastname@example.org