Start Your Own Business in County Durham

Starting a business in County Durham
Starting a business in County Durham

If you are thinking about starting a business in County Durham or would like to grow your existing 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.

We have been helping start-ups and existing business owners in County Durham since 2005 and a list of key local contacts can be found below.

Everything that you will find on the site is free and a good place to start is 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' guide.

Start-Up Steps

The sad truth is that far too many new businesses start-ups fail in the early stages and our aim is to try and make sure that you are not one of them.

To help with this, we have broken down the start-up process into simple steps which highlight the things that have worked for other start-ups and the pitfalls that you need to avoid.

You can see the full list of 'steps' at: How to Start a Business Step-by-Step

FREE Local Guide

Start Your Own Business in 2020

Start Your Own Business in 2020

Packed with information and contact details designed to help you start or grow your business successfully.

We have been running SYOB for over 15 years now and have accumulated an enormous amount of information which could make the difference between success or failure.

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FREE Local Guide

Packed with the information that you need to start or grow a business in County Durham.

Start Your Own Business in 2020
  1. Checklist - easy to follow step by step guide
  2. Local Support - where to find help and support
  3. Before you start - the reality of running a business
  4. Business planning - are you ready?
  5. Market research - is there a gap in the market?
  6. Business set-up - choosing the right structure
  7. Premises - work from home or premises?
  8. Finance & funding - your funding options
  9. Accountancy & tax - tax and VAT explained
  10. Business networking - tips and local groups
  11. Getting online - online marketing, social media
  12. Employing staff - how to find and recruit
  13. Law & insurance - the key considerations
  14. Business directory - useful contacts

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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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FREE Start-Up Pack

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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

County Durham Key Contacts

Useful Start-Up Resources

Here is a list of the key businesses and organisations who are keen to help you.

Website design and Internet marketing. Reaching customers and growing your business is what we are all about. Business support and marketing services. We provide support and marketing services to business. Business mentoring, support, sales, marketing and a list of business support services all focused to promote your business. Website design, digital media, PR Promotion and Search ranking (SEO). Free Consultation Our free consultation will help us understand where your business is now and we will discuss where you want to be. We provide a suggestion list how to achieve and contribute as required.
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Wattsford Commercial Finance is an Independent Specialist Consultancy, providing Commercial Finance and Business support to clients throughout the whole of the UK who wish to access finance and funding to grow their business. Whether your business is well established or a new start we can help you with Commercial Mortgages, Property Development Finance, Business Loans,Short Term ‘Bridging’ Finance, Factoring, Equipment Leasing and advice on Grant Funding and how to secure funds via the Government Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme (EFGS). Wattsford Commercial Finance are genuinely independent, wholly impartial and offer straightforward honest advice, given freely and without obligation. Through our established Lender Partner Network we manage senior level relationships with over 250 alternative lenders’ and offer our clients a true whole of market proposition. Our lending and funding partners rely on us to introduce new and well qualified business opportunities for underwriting approval. These include High Street Banks, Merchant and Challenger Banks, Private Funding Groups, Investment Trusts and high net worth Personal Investors who are all keen to lend on the right proposition. When your own Bank has been unable to offer the finance or at the terms you need, then Contact Us. We will quickly assess all the available options for you and do everything possible to find a workable and affordable business solution, tailored for your business. Time and again we prove to our clients that we can secure funding where others fail and in the majority of cases our advice and support will save you significant amounts of money over the course of the loan. The vast majority of specialist lenders in the current marketplace only accept qualified and packaged mortgage and loan proposals from Specialist Brokers who are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority such as ourselves.
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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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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