Start Your Own Business in Northumberland

If you are starting a business in Northumberland, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Northumberland contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources across the world and our own series of Start Your Own Business books.

Northumberland Locations Covered

Alnwick  |  Ashington  |  Bamburgh  |  Bedlington  |  Belford  |  Berwick-Upon-Tweed  |  Blyth  |  Chathill  |  Choppington  |  Corbridge  |  Cornhill-On-Tweed  |  Cramlington  |  Haltwhistle  |  Hexham  |  Mindrum  |  Morpeth  |  Newbiggin-By-The-Sea  |  Northumberland  |  Prudhoe  |  Riding Mill  |  Seahouses  |  Stocksfield  |  Wooler  |  Wylam  | 

Free Local Resources

Local resources and contacts sorted by classification

Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business In 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

This free 150 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.


  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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StartUp Latest

Keep up to date with the most recent business thinking from around the world

We try to keep our eyes open for useful and interesting news stories and useful resources which could help if you are starting up or running a small business. Hopefully, this will save you the time and trouble! The latest additions are...

Bookkeeping tips for start-ups and self employed

Free Business Toolkit

FSB - 10 Top Tips for Amazing Networking

The Leap Of Faith: From Startup Founder To CEO

How to Use Pay-Per-Click to Help Grow Your Startup

Northumberland Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Northumberland area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

4Networking

4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at www.4networking.biz (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: www.4networking.biz/events. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

NBSL

NBSL (Northumberland Business Service Ltd) is a BIS approved Enterprise Agency based in Northumberland, operating across the county and the NE of England. Our strength is in our experience and ways of working with local, regional and national partners to build our customers a bespoke package of assistance. Our pre-start service is delivered through our network of high-street located Business Advice Centres in Alnwick, Ashington, Berwick, Blyth, Hexham and Morpeth. Each centre has a dedicated team of staff to help you with the challenges you may face when starting up and running your business. We have skilled, experienced Business Advisers with whom you can work confidentially, whether you are considering your options, thinking about setting up a business or are ready to start your business. Our Business Adviser are either SFEDI accredited (this is the national standard) or currently working towards SFEDI accreditation, In addition our customer services team hold IAG (Information Advice and Guidance) accreditation or working towards it. NBSL provide a range of free pre- business start-up and business support solutions for a range of circumstances, including: * Help you to explore ideas for business * Help you to develop your business idea * Guidance and development activity for individuals just thinking about self-employment * Development of skills to help you to get your new business up and running * Help you to apply for funding * Business mentoring and coaching to help you reach your full potential To find out more about NBSL please see our website at www.nbsl.org.uk, then give us a call to see how we can help you. This is what some of our customers said about us........

Optimus Accounting Limited

Accountancy and Wealth Management Solutions

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

FSB North East England
FSB North East England is the local branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). It was formed in 1974 as the National Federation of Self Employed and represents the interests of small and medium-sized businesses locally and nationally. They offer a great package tailored to your needs if you are thinking about starting a business in the area. Contact: Simon Hanson Development Manager Simon.Hanson@fsb.org.uk Contact via website or e-mail.

NBSL
A variety of free and subsidised support for eligible individuals and businesses. Our North East Regional Business Support programme offers up to 40% business improvement grants to SMEs. We offer free and subsidised services, events and support to Start up and existing rural SMEs and we also offer start-up support and advice to individuals throughout Northumberland. 01670 813322

North East Chamber of Commerce
NECC IS THE NORTH EAST'S LARGEST BUSINESS MEMBERSHIP ORGANISATION. WE REPRESENT AROUND 4,000 BUSINESSES - A THIRD OF THE REGION'S WORKFORCE. AS A CHAMBER MEMBER YOU CAN ACCESS A WHOLE HOST OF BUSINESS SUPPORT SERVICES TO HELP CUT YOUR COSTS, RAISE YOUR COMPANY PROFILE AND GROW YOUR BUSINESS Address: North East Chamber of Commerce, Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5TS 0300 303 6322

North East of England Business & Innovation Centre
The BIC is an organisation which exists to service businesses of all sizes at all stages. Our experienced advisers help hundreds of businesses to start up each year, and the 14-acre BIC site can accommodate over 160 companies in purpose-built offices and work spaces. 0191 428 3300

North Eastern LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership)
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership works to make the North East a place where more businesses grow, invest and prosper, delivering more and better jobs for everyone. 0191 338 7420

Northern Pinetree Trust
Pinetree delivers specialist business support and finance to people across the North East of England. We work with people with complex needs, helping them to start-up and grow their own businesses. We also provide access to well managed office space in our Pinetree Centre. 0191 492 8219

Northumberland Business Service Ltd
NBSL are a not for profit enterprise agency that operate from 7 Business Advice Centres located throughout Northumberland. We provide free start up support to anyone considering starting their own business. We also manage workspace for new businesses in Berwick. In addition to one to one support we run group sessions on business topics. If you live in Northumberland please contact us to arrange to see an Adviser in your local area. All our Advisers are SFEDI accredited which is the industry standard. Our Business Advice Centres are located in: Berwick x 2. Alnwick, Ashington, Blyth, Morpeth and Hexham 01670 813322

Tedco
TEDCO helps new and established businesses by providing information and advice on every aspect of running a business, including business start-up, survival, success and growth. TEDCO also manages three business centres in South Tyneside and one in Northumberland offering a range of workshop, manufacturing and office space with flexible terms. 0191 428 3300

TEDCO Business Support Ltd
TEDCO Business Support Ltd is a leading Enterprise Agency working across the North East of England. Our purpose is to help people start up and grow businesses. We have a dedicated team of business advisors who are committed to supporting people to get their business started through intensive one-on-one support. We specialise in helping our clients to progress their business ideas, through the development of a robust business plan along with support in accessing business finance. 0191 5166102

Transmit Start-Ups Ltd
Transmit Start-Ups is run by entrepreneurs (who have run a number of businesses themselves) not ex-bank managers or accountants. It's fair to say that we aren't your typical enterprise agency. 0191 490 9328


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