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Support and advice with starting your business | North East BIC

Starting Your Business

If you think self-employment is for you and are looking to start your own business the North East BIC is here to help.

Starting your business

Every year hundreds of people come to talk to our advisers about starting their own businesses.  Some people do it because they think it is time for a change, others have spotted a gap in the market. And of course there are those that think they can make lots of money.

We can help you find answers to the all important questions like…‘is now the right time for me?’, ‘is there a market for my product?’ and ‘will I be better off working for myself?’We appreciate that starting your own business is a big step, life changing in fact and we want you to be sure it is the right decision for you.

Our wide range of start up services include FREE one to one advice from expert Business Advisers on:

  • Business Planning
  • Market Research
  • Funding and start up loans
  • Setting up in business and legal requirements
  • Registering as self-employed
  • Tax, VAT and keeping records
  • New Enterprise Allowance

Starting your business

Business Support Programmes

The North East BIC also offers a range of FREE events to support pre-start and existing businesses.

We are currently running the following events:

Social media cafes
The monthly social media cafe is a place for people interested in using social media for their business to come together, get acquainted, share ideas, thoughts and lessons learnt. 

Marketing surgeries
The monthly marketing surgery is your opportunity to obtain expert marketing advice.

Start Up Workshops
Legal Awareness – This FREE Legal Awareness workshop is aimed at anyone who is looking to start a new business. It will give an overview of the essential areas that anyone starting a business needs to understand.

Record Keeping – This FREE Record Keeping workshop will explore the basics of record keeping and help you consider the different systems and which one will be best for your new business.

Get in touch:

If you are thinking about becoming your own boss, and would like confidential and independent business advice and support call: 0191 516 6149 or

Book an appointment with an adviser