Start Your Own Business in Northumberland

Starting a business in Northumberland
Starting a 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 masses of free resources and the useful information that will help give your venture the best chance of success. It also highlights local 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.

Everything that you will find on the site is free and a good place to start is 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' guide.

Start-Up Steps

The sad truth is that far too many new businesses start-ups fail in the early stages and our aim is to try and make sure that you are not one of them.

To help with this, we have broken down the start-up process into simple steps which highlight the things that have worked for other start-ups and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

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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FREE Start-Up Pack

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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

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business in 2020

Start Your Own Business in 2020

This free 150 page book is packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow 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 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 & Grow Your Business' Book

This 2020 Edition is packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in Northumberland

Start Your Own Business in 2020
  1. Overview - easy to follow step by step guide
  2. Advice - where to find help and support
  3. Business planning - are you ready?
  4. Market research - is there a gap in the market?
  5. Business set-up - choosing the right structure
  6. Premises - work from home or premises?
  7. Finance & funding - your funding options
  8. Accountancy & tax - tax and VAT explained
  9. Business networking - tips and local groups
  10. Getting online - online marketing, social media
  11. Employing staff - how to find and recruit
  12. Law & insurance - the key considerations
  13. Common mistakes - and how to avoid them
  14. Business directory - useful contacts

You can download the whole of this 150 page book now free of charge. We are sure that you will find it both interesting and useful. The 2020 edition is packed with useful hints and tips, relevant, easy to read guides to all of the relevant subjects, real-life examples, and lots of contacts to enable you to get off to the best possible start.

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Northumberland Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

Here is a list of the key businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

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.
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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........
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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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