Start Your Own Business in County Durham

If you are thinking about starting a business in County Durham or would like to grow your exisiting business, 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 give your venture the best chance of success. 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 & Grow Your Business' book .

We have been helping new start-ups as well as exisiting business owners for the past 18 years and in County Durham since 2005.

Accordingly, we have amassed an enormous amount of relevant useful business information which we are happy to share with you free of charge.

Friendly Advice

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, we suggest that you get a feel for what is going on locally by having a look at the following pages:

If you offer services that could help local business owners, we would be happy to point them in your direction! Add your details (FREE!) here.

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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Free start-up pack
One-time registration required but this unlocks all of the free resources on the site.

FREE Book

Start & Grow Your Business In 2019
Start & Grow Your Business In 2019

This free 150 page book is packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow 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 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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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
http://www.4networking.biz

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.bizevents. Or call our Support Desk team on 0345 123 4444.

FSB - Special Start-Up Membership
http://www.syob.net/fsb.php

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.

TaxAssist Durham
https://www.taxassist.co.uk/accountants/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
https://zedcomms.com/

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

CDC Enterprise Agency
http://www.cdcbp.org.uk
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
http://www.cdcenterpriseagency.com
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 dont 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
http://www.dbv-northeast.co.uk
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

EDBS
http://www.edbs.co.uk
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
http://www.theenterpriseagency.co.uk
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
http://www.fivelamps.org.uk
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
http://www.hmbaccountants.co.uk
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
http://www.ne-bic.co.uk
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
http://www.northernpinetreetrust.co.uk
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
http://www.theenterpriseagency.co.uk
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
http://www.tedco.org
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

Transmit Start-Ups Ltd
http://www.transmitstartups.co.uk
Transmit Start-Ups is run by entrepreneurs (who have run a number of businesses themselves) not ex-bank managers or accountants. Its fair to say that we arent your typical enterprise agency. 0191 490 9328


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