Is your new year’s resolution to start a business? There are a ton of different services in the North East and around the UK to help make your idea for an organisation a reality. If you’re looking for support, funding, or just want to know how to get started.
The Prince’s Trust is a charity designed to help young people find jobs and career opportunities. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 30, and looking to start a business, they offer a range of support and services.
The Prince’s Trust runs a free enterprise program for would-be entrepreneurs, which includes an initial welcome session, a four day workshop where you can speak to a business advisor, learn about business planning, marketing and sales, budgeting and taxes. You’re then paired with a mentor who will help you build your business, you have the opportunity to apply for funding, and then you present your idea to a Business Launch Group.
NBSL is an organisation in the North East which helps people start up a business and grow an existing business. They offer workshops, one-to-one advice, funding and articles for entrepreneurs who are looking to start a business, or take theirs to the next level.
For North East businesses looking to get started, NBSL offers friendly one to one start-up mentoring. They’ve helped over 9000 people explore their business idea, with a third of them going on to plan their business start-ups with NBSL. After Year 1, 85% of businesses that started with NBSL’s help are still trading. They offer free startup workshops in Northumberland; Business Quickstep, which is about identifying your ideal customer, marketing and business finance, and Plan to Succeed, which is about business planning and strategies, as well as social media campaigns.
Enterprise Made Simple is a business growth training company in the UK, and focuses on training and development to enable entrepreneurs to find solutions for their business problems, as well as the help and advice a person starting a business may need.
For those starting a business, Enterprise Made Simple offers appointments with their business advisors, who can help explore your options to get started. They also offer ongoing one-to-one support as well as a range of pre-start workshops, to help them develop initial ideas, start a business plan, thinking about business competitors and business marketing. This is ideal for those thinking about becoming self-employed, particularly for those who have a lot of questions and start-up concerns.
If you’re starting a business, there are a number of different loans and grants options available to you. If you’re interested in staying up to date with the funding that is available in the North East, subscribe to our newsletter. We post a new funding update every month, with new loans, grants and opportunities to help you get your business idea off the group.
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