SMEs

Steven Renwick, founder and chief executive of Satago

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

Is this the smallest small business ever? Coffee entrepreneurs set up on tiny Newcastle site

Joe Meagher, who owns Lola's Coffee next Newcastle Central Station
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 of Rosie and Radish
Amy Clarke and Helen Turner created 'Rosie and Radish' after pursuing careers outside of the region

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Steven Renwick, founder and chief executive of Satago

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

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

Dan Robinson, chairman of Gus Robinson Developments

Corporate responsibility more than just a bolt-on, says construction boss

A responsible approach to paying firms in its supply chain is crucial at Gus Robinson Developments Ltd

Philip King, chief executive of The Institute of Credit Management (ICM)

ICM chief calls for culture change on late payments during Commons debate

Philip King was among those giving evidence to the committee considering the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

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

Banks mining apprentices at work

One in four SMEs are looking to develop apprenticeship schemes

Survey suggests firms are looking to apprentices to plug the growing skills gap

Chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Forum, Nigel Mills

Entrepreneurs' Forum and NECC back new Journal campaign

Cashflow among the leading challenges faced by smaller businesses in the region, say two of the North East best-known busines organisations

RBS

£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

Margaret Manchester, the owner of Durham Hens

Durham hen entrepreneur receives boost from Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis

Margaret Manchester, who runs Durham Hens - a supplier of hens to the pet market - has won the retail magnate's Small Business Sunday competition

A collection of coins

North East SMEs losing out on R&D tax relief

New analysis shows London dominates in successful applications

Tony Short

Weekend entrepreneur juggles day job and burgeoning ecommerce business

A project manager by day, Tony Short, has found success with his supply of niche planning tools to the digital design industry

Front, from left, John Evans and Mark Porteous of Beanies with, back, from left, Jonathan Luke of NEL and Ben Williamson of Clive Owen & Co

Cash boost for County Durham coffee firm

Beanies The Flavour Co has secured £300,000 from the Finance For Business North East Growth Fund to develop its product portfolio

Michelle and Simon Dixon of Platinum Cleaning Products in Newton Aycliffe

Platinum Cleaning Products to grow after securing new premises

County Durham business intend to take on more staff and open three new UK hubs

Royal Quays Centre, North Shields

Bike shop expands on Royal Quays and searches for apprentice

Land Rover bikes has rebranded as the Royal Quays Cycle Centre and relocated to a larger store within the centre

Model and photographer Frankii Wilde poses at Frankie & Gerry's Retro Studio in Gateshead

North East vintage fashion entrepreneur launches retro photography studio

Glamour Bunny founder creates authentic retro sets following devastating fire at old premises

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