Giving fully funded support to businesses in the North East is a pretty wonderful job, I'm not going to lie.
I get to help businesses start and grow and it doesn't cost them a penny! But I'm always asked about other support that's out there, and of course any pots of cash that people can potentially get their hands on.
So...rather than shout about what we do, I thought I'd put together a list of resources for you, to shout about what other people are doing in the region (I'm nice like that).
From start-up support and advice, to accessing finance and funding pots, here's some great resources right on your doorstep!
Scale-up North East (North East LEP area) - Mentoring, scale-up strategic support, potential grant funding - https://www.scaleupnortheast.co.uk/
Innovation Programme (North East LEP area) - 40% grant funding up to certain amount for innovative companies selling business to business- https://www.ne-bic.co.uk/supporting-innovation/innovation-programme/
NBSL - up to £2,800 grant funding on certain expenditure - https://nbsl.org.uk/
North East Growth Hub (North East LEP area) - directory for NE support, finance and events - https://www.northeastgrowthhub.co.uk/
North East LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) - https://www.nelep.co.uk/
RTC North - training, events and support - http://www.rtcnorth.co.uk/
The BIC - free start-up support team, loads of events and workshops on different business topics - https://www.ne-bic.co.uk/starting-your-business/
Business Durham (County Durham) - great resource on support for start-up in Co. Durham, plus office spaces, innovation events, funding signposting and a bunch more - http://www.businessdurham.co.uk/enterprise-in-county-durham/starting-a-business
Tedco - start-up support and advice, events and workshops, plus work closely with Virgin Money - http://www.tedco.org/
Arch (Northumberland) - start-up support, great venues/offices, growth support - https://www.archnorthumberland.co.uk/
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.