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Start-up Toolkit

If you have a great business idea and you’re ready to start your own company, this toolkit will provide all information, help and support you need to get started.

Need a hand to get started?

Don’t know where to start? Check out these resources that are designed for people with a great idea that need a bit of support to make it reality.

Free start-up guides

These guides from the British Business Bank are full of practical tips and examples- from advice on conducting market research, to analysing your strengths and weaknesses, to finding more customers online.

Forbes Advisor start-up resources

The Forbes Advisor Start-up resources walk you through ten crucial steps of the start-up process, from defining your initial idea to registering, launching and growing your business.

Government Start-up Loans

Find out more about the British Business Bank's start-up loans.

Google Digital Garage

Free, online courses from Google to help you grow your business. 

Start-up insights

Talk to one of our team who will help you connect to the support you need to grow and develop your business.

if your local authority isn't listed above, you can view details of how to get in touch with your local Growth Hub

Schemes

Find out more about the start-up schemes on offer across the region.

Supply Chain Sunderland

The Supply Chain Sunderland project will strengthen Sunderland's local entrepreneurial ecosystem by improving business resilience and growth, boosting survival rates, driving innovation, and enhancing market readiness for new supply chain opportunities.
Business support Start-up Trading business Sunderland Markets

Global Innovation Challenge 2024

Social Shifters Global Innovation Challenge is open to young leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs (18 - 30 years) with BIG ideas to take on the world's most urgent social and environmental issues.
Finance & funding Business support Start-up Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Finance

Social Enterprise Boost Durham

The Social Enterprise Boost Durham project can help you with free business support and funding to start you on your journey for change in your community.
Finance & funding Business support Start-up Trading business County Durham Finance People and skills

Flexible Social Finance

Flexible Social Finance has been designed with the social sector, for the social sector.
Finance & funding Loan Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne North Tyneside Northumberland Finance

Pathways to Funding

Growing inclusive funding opportunities for business
Finance & funding Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne North Tyneside Northumberland Finance

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II – Equity Finance

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II Maven are offering Equity finance up to £5 million for ambitious businesses located across the North East of England.
Finance & funding Equity Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Northumberland Finance

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II – Smaller Loans

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund II NEL are offering Smaller Loans from £25,000 to £100,000
Finance & funding Loan Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Northumberland Finance

Hartree Centre - Collaborative Data Projects

These collaborative data projects are up to 12 weeks in duration and give you access to a fully-funded, wide range of expertise across a team of data scientists and data engineers.
Business support Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Northumberland Products and services