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Starting your own business

We’ll give you ideas to develop, tips and any guidance you need to turn your passion, interests or skills into a business. 

The Business Factory Online

Get instant access to a range of tools and materials to help you start or grow your business.

Growing your business

We can offer any business in North Tyneside, specialist consultancy even if there’s just you, a few staff, 20 staff or up to 250 employees.

Starting or growing a social enterprise

Our Social Enterprise business advisor supports individuals to explore social enterprise as an option when starting and to help our existing Community Interest Companies, and other social enterprises to grow.

Innovation and Design

We have access to 1 to 1 support for start-up and existing businesses in North Tyneside with developing ideas, early stage product and service design, prototyping and development.

Be Inspired Blog

This blog features some of the businesses which have been successful as a result of our support, take a look and Be Inspired .


The Business Factory, based at Royal Quays Business Centre and locations across the borough, is here to provide support to anyone in North Tyneside. We can help you with:

  • Starting your own business
  • Growing your business
  • Developing or growing a social enterprise
  • Developing an innovative idea

On behalf of North Tyneside Council, professional businesses advisers and development officers will work with your business no matter what stage you’re at.

All of our support is free and you can access daily workshops and one to one advisor time plus ask us about the specialist consultancy.

Our team are all experienced in various areas of business support and know what you need to do to help you get started or support you through growing your business.



Upcoming Workshops

Choose from a wide range of live online workshops designed specifically for people who are thinking of starting a business, or who have recently started.

When you book through our Events page, you’ll be sent the workshop login details by email for the live interactive online sessions. Workshop topics include:

  • Could I Work For Myself?- an introduction to Self Employment
  • Creative Marketing Ideas
  • Public Relations for Small Businesses
  • Using Social Media for Your Business
  • Dealing With Accounts & Tax

Our Next Workshop

  • Creating Images on Canva – 10.00 – 13.00

    December 2 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    This workshop is open to North Tyneside UK businesses and residents only due to the funding criteria. Creating Images on Canva Design images for your business’s social media platforms This online workshop is ideal for any person or business who would like to understand how to use Canva to crea...

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Be Inspired

Be Inspired Blog – a chance for you to be inspired by some of the businesses we have helped along their way.

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