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Start Your Own Business in Northumberland

Free start-up resources and useful local contacts.


Start Your Own Business in Northumberland

If you are thinking about starting a business in Northumberland or would like to grow your existing business, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Northumberland contains resources and the information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in Northumberland since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Starting a business in Northumberland

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There is plenty of help locally but where can it be found? We would love to point you in the right direction.

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An interactive step-by-step guide which also includes all of the most important subjects covered in an easy to read way. links to key contacts such as HMRC, Companies House etc. are contained along with a useful step-by-step checklist.

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Key Contacts in Northumberland

'You don't know what you don't know' is a phrase that is so applicable to starting a new business. Northumberland is a great place for start-ups but your chances of success are dramatically improved if you make the most of the support that is available locally. Click on logos to visit their websites.


TREKIM Accounting Services
Bookkeeping that moves your business ahead Peace of mind and valuable insights through clarity in numbers We’re a team of qualified bookkeepers who love what we do. We’re all certified with the IAB so you can be confident of the quality of our work. We’re committed to giving you accurate and timely financial information so you can make the best decisions about your business. You’ll know where your business stands every month. Trekim Business Accounting was founded by Kim Deere. Kim has 30 years of experience in financial accounts around the world and in many industries. She worked as a consultant for Microsoft Dynamics for 25 years, so she understands how the big companies do their accounting. Now with cloud-based accounting systems, she is committed to bringing the same capabilities for automation and reporting to smaller companies in a form that’s affordable and flexible enough for everyone. What we do We specialise in complete bookkeeping services with management reports using cloud-based software. We can set up a customised accounting system for you from scratch if you’re just starting out, or transition your current system to the cloud. We can take care of all your monthly bookkeeping, or we can provide regular check-ins if you want to do it yourself. We’re partners with Xero, freeagent and Receipt Bank so we can offer you all the support you need. With these partnerships, we are also able to get you setup with a business bank account. We can also prepare VAT and CIS returns for you and provide payroll services.


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, then give us a call to see how we can help you. This is what some of our customers said about us........


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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
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