Northumberland Business Advice

Northumberland Business Advice
Northumberland Business Advice

Northumberland businesses are more likely to succeed if they seek and act upon the advice of a professional business adviser. This page should point you in the right direction.

"You don't know, what you don't know" is a great saying and so applicable to starting a business. There are so many considerations in the early stages that taking advice from an experienced business adviser will dramatically increase your chances of success.

See list of local business support organisations below.

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Free Business Planning Resources

The following items are in our FREE start-up pack and can be download individually or as part of the whole pack.

Step-by-Step Start-Up Guide
Step-by-Step Start-Up Guide

An easy to read, step-by-step guide to setting up your own business. Each step is explained briefly and in plain English.

Business Start-Up Checklist
Business Start-Up Checklist

Make sure that you don't miss anything by plotting your progress with this 125+ point checklist.

Business Start-Up Map
Business Start-Up Map

This infographic provides a colourful but informative visual walk through the start-up process.

Please note that one-time registration is required to unlock all of the free items on this site.

Your Advice Questions Answered

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If you run your own business in Northumberland and would like to learn more about business planning and how business support organisations can help you, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.

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Northumberland Business Advice

Useful Start-Up Resources

If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the Northumberland area, we would love to promote you here free of charge (add free listing).

NBSL (Northumberland Business Service Ltd) is a BIS approved Enterprise Agency based in Northumberland, operating across the county and the NE of England. Our strength is in our experience and ways of working with local, regional and national partners to build our customers a bespoke package of assistance. Our pre-start service is delivered through our network of high-street located Business Advice Centres in Alnwick, Ashington, Berwick, Blyth, Hexham and Morpeth. Each centre has a dedicated team of staff to help you with the challenges you may face when starting up and running your business. We have skilled, experienced Business Advisers with whom you can work confidentially, whether you are considering your options, thinking about setting up a business or are ready to start your business. Our Business Adviser are either SFEDI accredited (this is the national standard) or currently working towards SFEDI accreditation, In addition our customer services team hold IAG (Information Advice and Guidance) accreditation or working towards it. NBSL provide a range of free pre- business start-up and business support solutions for a range of circumstances, including: * Help you to explore ideas for business * Help you to develop your business idea * Guidance and development activity for individuals just thinking about self-employment * Development of skills to help you to get your new business up and running * Help you to apply for funding * Business mentoring and coaching to help you reach your full potential To find out more about NBSL please see our website at www.nbsl.org.uk, then give us a call to see how we can help you. This is what some of our customers said about us........
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Prowess is the online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information. Our vision is an environment where women in business can flourish. Be inspired Prowess is full of stories and shared experiences from women who’ve made their own way in business. Everyone has a story to tell. And women who are thinking of starting a business – and those looking to grow – say there aren’t enough stories of real women in business out there. In our recent survey 43% said they wanted to read more experiences and case studies from ‘real’ women in business! Read them here, or submit your own here.
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NBSL are a not for profit enterprise agency that operate from 7 Business Advice Centres located throughout Northumberland. We provide free start up support to anyone considering starting their own business. We also manage workspace for new businesses in Berwick. In addition to one to one support we run group sessions on business topics. If you live in Northumberland please contact us to arrange to see an Adviser in your local area. All our Advisers are SFEDI accredited which is the industry standard. Our Business Advice Centres are located in: Berwick x 2. Alnwick, Ashington, Blyth, Morpeth and Hexham
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