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Meet the Team

 

Everyone on the Business Factory team has in-depth experience of small business support.

For pre-start and up to 1 year of trading – The Start-up Business Advisors have experience of running businesses so they know how it feels to take the leap. You can meet them at the Introduction to Self Employment workshops.

Over 1 year of trading – The Business Development Officers have years of invaluable experience in supporting business in North Tyneside and are keen to help you thrive.

The team is ready and waiting to support you.

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.”

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

Start-up Business Advisor, TEDCO

“As a Business Advisor I primarily listen to your needs and then help you to move forward. Having previously had my own small business and been part of an MBO team in a larger business I am familiar with challenge, failure and achievement. Be great to assist you in making your vision a reality!”

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.

 

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.

 

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.”

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

“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”.

Nick Turner

Nick Turner

Start-up Business Advisor, TEDCO

“Working with pre-start, start-up and more established SMEs throughout North Tyneside, I enjoy working with entrepreneurs in many and varied sectors. I like to focus on the more financial aspects of business support, assisting clients to seriously examine the ‘nuts and bolts’ of their propositions.”

Lee Casey

Lee Casey

Start-up Business Advisor, TEDCO

“I’m passionate about supporting small businesses in North Tyneside, having been self employed within the region for 20 years. Initially in retail and more recently in Digital Marketing and as an Enterprise Mentor. I like to help people create connections and nurture their networks.” 

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”.

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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