Start Your Own Business in Tyne And Wear

If you are starting a business in Tyne And Wear, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in Tyne And Wear 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.

Free start-up pack

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 and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.

Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.

Start Your Own Business In 2018

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this Tyne And Wear section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.

Local contacts

We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants

If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.

Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success

Start-Up Success

The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in Tyne And Wear who would love to help you.

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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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...

Tips to Keep Your Business Healthy

Common Start-Up Mistakes... and how to avoid them

Bookkeeping tips for start-ups and self employed

Free Business Toolkit

FSB - 10 Top Tips for Amazing Networking

Tyne And Wear Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Tyne And Wear 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.

Business Mentor Support

Business mentors to businesses The mentors offer wide-ranging business experience and expertise in areas such as finance, marketing or exports, and can act as your trusted confidant over a flexible period of time. Any UK business can use the free service, but start-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses tackling new challenges tend to find the scheme most beneficial. It is operated by the Better Business Finance programme, set up by five high street banks: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander. The initiative is overseen by the BBA. For more information contact: Paul Harper paul.harper@sfedi.co.uk

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.

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.

Irwin Mitchell Newcastle
The law firm of Irwin Mitchell is one of the largest law firms located in the United Kingdom. Their variety of expertise as well as their cadre of competent solicitors has catapulted Irwin Mitchell to the top of their industry. The law firm has offices all over the U.K. to make it much simpler for citizens to gain access to their services. One office is located in Newcastle. This office houses a large number of solicitors with a wide range of legal expertise. This group of solicitors also has a lot of experience especially in personal injury law as well as dealing with medical negligence. The managing partner of this branch is a specialized expert in head and spinal cord injuries. The Newcastle office of Irwin Mitchell of course serves people within the city of Newcastle. However, other surrounding areas are served as well. The Newcastle office is the centre for Irwin Mitchell services in the Northern part of England. This would include Tyne, Wear, Northumberland, Teesside, Co Durham and Cumbria. A variety of legal services are offered by the Newcastle office. They have experience with and are able to assist you with personal injury claims. The type of claims runs the full gamut. Serious injury claims such as head and spinal injuries are a service provided. Also, mesothelioma claims as well as claims made for other asbestos related diseases are supported. Road accidents and criminal injury are other areas that the Newcastle office of Irwin Mitchell can assist with. Claims of work injury, burns, scars, lacerations, children's accidents and more are part of the personal injury legal services offered by the team at Irwin Mitchell in Newcastle. Assistance with Medical negligence claims are another type of service offered in Newcastle. The specific type of medical negligence case can vary. The solicitors at the Newcastle can help with many types such as claims pertaining to the eyes, cancer, accidents, mental health, pregnancy, birth, surgery and more. 0870 1500 100

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

Project North East Group
The PNE Group designs, builds and manages innovative projects that help enterprising people and communities develop their ideas, and create wealth and employment. The purpose of the PNE Group is to develop sustainable organisations globally through people, performance and place. We regard ourselves as social entrepreneurs doing challenging things throughout the world. Success is based on a sound understanding of best practice, married with practical experience of working with small businesses and community projects. 0191 261 6009

TEDCO
TEDCO is a leading company in enterprise development which re-invests its profit and aims to help generate prosperity in the North East. The company was formed in 1984 and is located in South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Berwick upon Tweed. 0191 428 3300

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 Ltd
TEDCO offer FREE advice, guidance, up-to-date information and can help you to write a business plan. We can help you decide if you have what it takes to set up a new business, look at the reality of starting your business and the skills and qualities you will need 0191 428 3300

The Enterprise Agency for Wear Valley & Teesdale
The Enterprise Agency exists to encourage and support the development of a stable and diverse local economy. The Agency is a not for profit organisation offering a range of support services, business counselling, advice, training and consultancy. We deliver models of best practice and skills development to start and improve enterprises. 01833 696 600


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