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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 learned.

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

Start Up Workshops
Come along to our free start up workshops.

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs

The Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a European exchange programme which offers entrepreneurs the opportunity to spend 1-4 months in a European business. Entrepreneurs in the early stages of planning or starting a business, or who have been trading for less than three years can participate in the programme.
Find out more

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

Speak to the Start Up Team