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Meet the Team

Our team are all experienced in various areas of business support. The TEDCO business advisers are all experienced in running their own businesses or have a strong track record in supporting clients to start up.

With a wealth of knowledge, the team will know what you need to do to help you get started or support you through growing your business. As well as providing support to businesses themselves, the team will recommend experts across the region to support you with technical issues.

Our Administration team will deal with your enquiry promptly; explain the services we offer and make sure you are working with a business advisor as quickly as possible.

Janice Ross MBE

Janice Ross MBE

Start-up Business Advisor, TEDCO

“I love helping people to develop themselves and build their business confidence. Right from the inkling of an idea, exploring how they’ll find customers and then supporting them through their first year and often beyond.”

Nicky Burke

Nicky Burke

Start-up Business Advisor, TEDCO

Nicky is a multi-award winning entrepreneur and experienced business coach. Previous accolades include North Tyneside Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Barclays take one small step competition which came with a prize of £50,000 to invest in her businesses. Nicky has first-hand experience within the Leisure, hospitality and service sectors, is very passionate about Enterprise and enjoys supporting and challenging clients through their start-up journey.

Gordon Hanna

Gordon Hanna

Business Liaison Manager, TEDCO

“My role is to talk to local businesses to find new opportunities / business ideas, or what’s missing in North Tyneside, feeding the ideas back into the Business Factory , to help and support those who wish to become self employed, or refer on for expansion.”

Karen Westgate

Karen Westgate

ERDF Project Officer, North Tyneside Council

Karen currently manages the delivery and management of all the Business Start-up programmes aimed at helping the population of North Tyneside into self-employment.

Paul Brown

Paul Brown

Start-up Business Advisor, TEDCO

Business Advisor with 20+ years of delivering business support to help the residents of North Tyneside achieve their ambition of running their own successful businesses.

Stephen Langdown

Stephen Langdown

NEA Business Advisor, TEDCO

I am an experienced business owner having been involved in the setting up and running of a variety of technology based ventures over the past 25 years. I have almost 10 years experience as a business advisor in the North East assisting Pre Start and Existing businesses with plans for both growth and sustainability. I am practical and pragmatic and able to offer real solutions to clients needs when launching their business ventures.

Beth Cowen

Beth Cowen

Administration Officer, TEDCO

Beth is usually the first person you’ll speak to at The Business Factory when you call us. Beth will tell you everything you need to know about our offer, and try & direct you to the correct advisor or workshop for your business idea or business needs. 

Amy Farrell

Amy Farrell

ERDF Project Support Officer (Business Forum), North Tyneside Council

Starting as an Apprentice in Sept 2014, Amy has been involved in many projects including The Business Factory and Invest North Tyneside. Amy now looks after the events and communications for the North Tyneside Business Forum.

 

Tracy Clarkson

Tracy Clarkson

Business Advisor (High Growth), TEDCO

“My aim is to help ambitious entrepreneurs achieve their goals by providing bespoke advice and guidance gained from starting and running my own enterprise, managing small to very corporate businesses sectors and developing business in local, national and international markets”.

Vanessa Murphy

Vanessa Murphy

Business Development Officer, North Tyneside Council

If you are looking to expand or need advice on how to grow, Vanessa can help you achieve your objectives. She will listen to you and offer advice on issues such as how to access finance, employment issues and marketing.

Toni Clark

Toni Clark

Social Enterprise Business Advisor, SES

“Name a type of Social Enterprise and I’ve probably advised, set up, mentored or trained.   I’ve  delivered one to one support to hundreds of social enterprises and community businesses at different stages of their development  and I’m looking forward to supporting many more through the Business Factory”.

Ross Laffey

Ross Laffey

Business Support Manager, TEDCO

Some personal achievements include a property portfolio, a successful online trading business and a community interest company which works with 3rd sector organisations helping them be more self sufficient and less reliant on grant funding.

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