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Start Up Support

We can help you to take your first steps in business, explore your abilities and look at the reality of starting a business with you.

We’ll give you ideas to develop, tips and any guidance you need to turn your passion, interests or skills into a business. All of your start-up business advisers are running their own businesses or have in the past so they know how to help and what challenges a start up faces.

We’re there to help you, regardless of age, background or circumstances, and you don’t even need to have a business idea!

“Child care has always been my vocation,” said Joanne. “After working my way up to the position of nursery manager, I decided this was something I wanted to do for myself.” 

Footprints Day Nursery

Don’t know if Self Employment is for you?

Our advisers offer free Self Employment Introduction workshops every month. The workshops are for anyone wanting to work for themselves but not sure where to start, the workshops will help explore any skills or hobbies you may have and help you to generate a business idea.

Then our advisers can help you identify your skills and hobbies and develop them into money making ideas.

Book yourself onto one of our Introduction to Self Employment courses

Know you want to be self employed, or already have an idea?

If you already have an idea for a business, our team will help motivate and support your idea to help get you started.

We can offer help to any resident of North Tyneside wishing to start a business. Our support includes:

  • Drop in service at the North Tyneside Business Centre, Saville Street, North Shields
  • Tailored confidential free advice with a start-up business adviser to help you take the first steps with self employment
  • Workshops on everything from starting a business, to developing cash flow and attracting customers
  • Access to specialist consultancy in a range of areas such as commercial premises, accountancy, HR, social media and marketing

On top of the support we can offer you, you can also access a range of free workshops and training on topics such as social media, creating engaging images, public relations, commercial premises, accountancy, content creation for website and more.

Contact the team now to find out more about support available and to arrange a one-to-one session.

“My business advisor has been wonderful at helping me to look at the opportunities to expand in the future. She has really made me consider every aspect of the business, from short-term opportunities to long-term challenges so I feel ready and prepared to take-on the challenges of running my own enterprise.”

Slinga Fitness

Get In Touch

If you want to learn more about how we could help you to start your business, please give us a call on 0191 605 3110.

Alternatively drop us an email on and one of our advisors will be in touch.

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