FLEDGLING businesses are being given a helping hand. Northumberland County Council’s Investment Support Service offers help to existing or start-up businesses with investment proposals, which create or safeguard employment in the county.

It is free to Northumberland firms wishing to set up or expand operations in the county and is financed from the county council’s Economic Development Budget.

It is free to Northumberland firms wishing to set up or expand operations in the county and is financed from the county council’s Economic Development Budget.

The team has been active this year supporting expanding businesses; some notable examples include Alternative Supply Company, Tynetec and DAWN (advice) Limited.

Alternative Supply Company supplies food manufacturers and supermarket chains with tubs and containers printed with high quality photographic images.

Since their launch in 2002 in Prudhoe, Northumberland County Council has provided a wide range of support. In 2006, with assistance from the Business Development team they found premises in Cramlington and were able to secure funding from One NorthEast, which has allowed them to expand further and secure their future growth.

Tynetec has been located in Blyth since 1979, established by the current MD Tony Platten.

The company has grown to become one of the UK’s leading companies in the design, development and manufacture of microprocessor- based communication, control and security systems.

Tynetec systems is well established for care of the elderly and disabled with particular focus on emerging growth of Telecare and Telehealth.

Supplying products to local authorities and housing associations across the UK, its success has been built on continual investment in research and development.

Employing 60 at Blyth the business has shown strong commitment to the area, with an experienced and stable workforce. This year Tynetec embarks on a major expansion.

Northumberland County Council’s Business Development team has worked with the company to assist with their plans to extend their premises and secure a £90k grant from ONE to support the substantial capital investment it has made and the creation of a further 18 jobs.

DAWN provides specialist legal advice at a distance for the Legal Services Commission, and Her Majesty’s Court Service.

Earlier this year DAWN moved from their original premises in Amble, to larger premises at Horton Park.

Employing newly qualified law graduates, DAWN is a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise.

With over 80 staff, the business has benefited from guidance from the council’s Social Enterprise team, and financial support.

Graham Adams, the council’s business development manager said: “We are delighted with the impact the intervention of the team has made to local businesses.”

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