Start Your Own Business in County Durham

If you are starting a business in County Durham, you have come to the right place!

Start Your Own Business in County Durham contains masses of free resources and the useful information that will help you get your new venture off the ground. It also highlights local organisations who offer friendly business advice and services that you need.

Free start-up pack

Everything that you will find on the site is free or very low cost and includes our free start-up pack, a series of factsheets which cover all of the key considerations, relevant templates, links to other useful resources and our free downlodable Start Your Own Business book.

Every year, over 400,000 people start a business in the UK and, apparently, at any one time, up to a fifth of the working population would like to join them. If this is you, we would love top help turn your dream into reality by sharing some of the information that you will need to make your venture a success.

Start Your Own Business In 2018

We have been helping new business start-ups for the past 18 years and this County Durham section has been in place since 2005. Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful start-up information which we are happy to share with you free of charge. This will enable you to learn from those who help start-ups and from the lessons learned by people, just like you, who have already set up on their own.

Local contacts

We hope that you find the site useful and wish you the very best of luck on your exciting journey. If you are unsure of where to start, can I suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by following the links on this page. They will give you an idea of what advice and support is available in the area. Also we have pages dedicated to networking, free advice, funding, and grants

If you would like to know the proven steps that can make the difference between business start-up success and failure, our popular FREE start-up pack contains a step-by-step guide, templates, factsheets and a copy of our unique business start-up map.

Alternatively, we have also created our own new business 99 point start-up checklist which will give you a clear overview of the key subjects which need to be mastered on your road to success

Start-Up Success

The sad truth is that too many new ventures do not even reach their first anniversary. However, the good news is that this does not have to be the case. Running your own business is not an easy option but many of the pitfalls can be avoided with some careful research and planning in the early stages. This site has been designed with the sole aim of increasing the survival rate locally by raising awareness of both the right and wrong ways of starting a new business and promoting the businesses and organisations in County Durham who would love to help you.

County Durham Locations Covered

Barnard Castle  |  Billingham  |  Bishop Auckland  |  Chester Le Street  |  Consett  |  County Durham  |  Crook  |  Darlington  |  Durham  |  Ferryhill  |  Hartlepool  |  Newton Aycliffe  |  Peterlee  |  Seaham  |  Shildon  |  Spennymoor  |  Stockton On Tees  |  Wingate  |  Yarm  | 

Free Local Resources

Local resources and contacts sorted by classification

Here you will find a collection of FREE resources defined by topic as well as the contact details for many local businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Accountancy & Tax | Bookkeeping | Business Advice | Business Funding | Business Grants | Business Networking | Business Opportunities | Commercial Law | Communications | Design & Branding | Education & Training | HR & Staff | Insurance | I.T. | Marketing | Mentoring | Office Services | Online Marketing | Photography | Print | Property & Working from Home | Web Design

FREE Book

Start Your Own Business In 2018
Start Your Own Business In 2018

This free 150 page book is packed with start-up information and contact details designed to help you start your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 10 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between start-up success or failure.

Starting a business is easy but keeping it going and making a profit is a completely different proposition. The good news is that there are tried and tested 'rules' which have consistently proved to work.

As the old addage says 'you don't know what you don't know'!

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FREE Start-Up Pack

Our FREE start-up pack contains everything that you need to get you started.

It is a common trait amongst entrepreneurs to just want to 'get on with it'. However, if you want to maximise your chances of success, it is worth putting in time and effort before you start to ensure that you have set-up correctly.


  1. Start-up checklist
  2. Step-by-step guide
  3. Business plan template
  4. Personal budget planner
  5. Cashflow forecast template
  6. Marketing plan template
  7. Guide to business networking
  8. Start-up map
  9. Web & SEO Checklist
  10. Start-up map

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County Durham Local Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources
If you can help new business start ups or existing small businesses in the County Durham area, we would love to promote you here free of charge. (Add Your Business)

4Networking

4 great reasons to be part of 4Networking 1. Flexibility and reach 4N gives you access to a unique joined-up national business network. Our ‘Passport membership’ lets you choose from 5000+ 4Networking events each year. We have groups in most major towns and cities in the UK. Use your Passport to network locally, regionally and even nationally. Choose from Breakfast, Lunch and Evening meetings + join the UK’s fastest growing Facebook business group - just search on Facebook for ‘4Networking Community’. 2. A stream of business appointments Bypass gatekeepers by having three 10-minute 1-2-1s at every 4N meeting, with people you choose. Also use 1-2-1s to find trusted suppliers. 1-2-1s are one of the key elements in our relaxed yet productive meeting format, which is tried, tested and loved by our members. 3. Relaxed, fun and friendly networking At 4N, it’s easy to just be yourself. At our meetings and online we’ve created an unstuffy environment. The cornerstone of 4N’s ethos is Meet>Like>Know>Trust, as it’s the best way to gain customers, collaborations and suppliers. If this sounds like your kind of place, then become part of the 4N community. 4. A platform to demonstrate your expertise We give you so many ways to raise your profile and establish yourself as the go-to person in your field. In the room and online, being able to offer ‘4Sight’ presentations can gain you a massive audience. Plus of course, you and your business benefit from other 4N members’ advice and help. Established for over 11 years, 4Networking is helping thousands of business owners to grow their businesses. It’s business networking the British way. Register at www.4networking.biz (it takes 2 minutes) and then you can book your first meeting, to see how 4N will work for you. Browse our list of meetings here: www.4networking.biz/events. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership

The FSB Business Creation package has been specially designed for those looking to start up, or have recently started a small business. Tailored benefits will help you get your business off the ground and we’ll be with you each step of the way. Join today for £129.

Start Up Britain

StartUp Britain is a campaign by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. They offer inspiration, resources and guidance to help people start and grow their own business.

TaxAssist Durham

TaxAssist Accountants Durham provides a wide range of accountancy services including tax returns, annual accounts, payroll and bookkeeping. TaxAssist Accountants in Durham are a part of the largest network of accountants who offer a wealth of experience and expertise to over 65,000 small businesses right across the UK. We help a diverse range of small businesses including start-ups, sole traders, limited companies and landlords who operate in many industries. Based on Gilesgate just outside the centre of Durham, we have first-hand experience of the challenges facing small businesses and are very aware of the constraints on time. Malcolm Massey heads a small friendly team which specialises in providing accounting and taxation services to all areas of small businesses (sole traders, limited companies and partnerships) and individuals. Malcolm says "Being an accountant should be much more than the preparation of the annual accounts. Every business is different and I take great pride in being able to tailor, and deliver, a year round service to suit individual needs using up-to-the-minute advice." Our fees are agreed with our clients for the year ahead with the emphasis on value for money. We offer payment by Direct Debit so there are no nasty year end surprises! For more information on our range of services please contact us or pop in for a free no obligation chat to see how we can help your business save money.

Zedcomms

Website design and Internet marketing. Reaching customers and growing your business is what we are all about

CDC Enterprise Agency
CDC Enterprise Agency is a business support organisation offering tailored advice and support to new and existing businesses in the districts of Chester-le-Street and City of Durham. We offer free consultations to anyone thinking of starting their own business, or to those already in business. Our team of professional advisers can offer support and services such as business planning, mentoring, marketing and financing your business. We recognise the diversity of our clients and their businesses and have a range of support options designed to meet all of our clients' needs. 0191 384 5407

CDC Enterprise Agency Ltd
CDC Enterprise Agency offer advice, guidance, training and support to anyone looking to start or grow a business. Whether you have technical questions, want to brainstorm ideas or simply don't know where to start; we can help. We have a fantastic community of thriving local businesses and new entrepreneurs that we support with networking, training and coaching. To find out how we can help you just get in touch. 0191 389 2648

Darlington Business Venture
Darlington Business Venture is the local Enterprise Agency for the Darlington borough. A wide variety of business support services are provided by the company throughout the borough of Darlington and the wider Tees Valley sub-region. A number of partnerships, joint ventures and working agreements are in place between Darlington Business Venture and organisations at local, regional and national levels. 01325 351 455

Derwentside Enterprise Agency CIC (DEA)
Whatever stage you are at in your business journey we'd love to help. Whether you are new to business or have been trading a while. We offer free advice and training to anyone who needs it. 01207 580011

EDBS
EDBS offer support and advice to help businesses start up, develop and grow. EDBS provide business support and advice to new and established businesses on a range of topics including marketing, apprenticeships, business growth, funding opportunities and help with identifying additional training or skills needs. 0191 5863366

Enterprise Agency for Wear Valley and Teesdale
Our business start-up process is a mix of training, practical assistance and where eligible, financial support aimed at helping you to plan, set up and run your own business. An initial appointment with an Business Advisor to discuss: Your business idea; The practical assistance available; Grants & financial incentives; Preparing a Business Plan; Cash Flow Forecast; A Pre-Start Training Course; Enterprise Essentials Workshops - business skills training. 01833 696 600

Five Lamps
Five Lamps offers a range of enterprise support to individuals who are considering self-employment: enterprise workshops; pre-start advice and guidance; New Enterprise Allowance Loan and Mentoring service; Start-Up Loan Fund. To enquire about Start Up Loans, please email deborahshanley@fivelamps.org.uk or call 01642 608316 01642 608316

HMBAccountants
We are CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS and Tax Advisors providing a full compliment of services to businesses in the North East. We believe in building long lasting partnerships with our clients providing a robust compliance service (whatever your needs), sound business advice and value for money. 1642884894

North East of England Business & Innovation Centre
The BIC is an organisation which exists to service businesses of all sizes at all stages. Our experienced advisers help hundreds of businesses to start up each year, and the 14-acre BIC site can accommodate over 160 companies in purpose-built offices and work spaces. 0191 428 3300

Northern Pinetree Trust
Pinetree delivers specialist business support and finance to people across the North East of England. We work with people with complex needs, helping them to start-up and grow their own businesses. We also provide access to well managed office space in our Pinetree Centre. 0191 492 8219

South Durham Enterprise Agency
Our business start-up process is a mix of training, practical assistance and where eligible, financial support aimed at helping you to plan, set up and run your own business in Wear Valley, Sedgefield and Teesdale. 01388 776688

TEDCO Business Support Ltd
TEDCO Business Support Ltd is a leading Enterprise Agency working across the North East of England. Our purpose is to help people start up and grow businesses. We have a dedicated team of business advisors who are committed to supporting people to get their business started through intensive one-on-one support. We specialise in helping our clients to progress their business ideas, through the development of a robust business plan along with support in accessing business finance. 0191 5166102

The Enterprise Agency for Wear Valley & Teesdale
The Enterprise Agency exists to encourage and support the development of a stable and diverse local economy. The Agency is a not for profit organisation offering a range of support services, business counselling, advice, training and consultancy. We deliver models of best practice and skills development to start and improve enterprises. 01833 696 600

Transmit Start-Ups Ltd
Transmit Start-Ups is run by entrepreneurs (who have run a number of businesses themselves) not ex-bank managers or accountants. It's fair to say that we aren't your typical enterprise agency. 0191 490 9328


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