Business Factory

Delivered by North Tyneside Council

The Business Factory, based at North Tyneside Business Centre, is here to provide support to anyone in North Tyneside. They can help you with:

  • Starting your own business
  • Growing your business
  • Developing or growing a social enterprise
  • Developing an innovative idea

Startup support

The Business Factory team can help you take your first steps by exploring your abilities and looking at the reality of starting a business. They can help you to find ideas and give you free support to turn your passions, interests and skills into a business. 

Offering help to anyone wishing to start a business in North Tyneside consisting of:

  • Appointment-based service at the North Tyneside Business Centre, Saville Street, North Shields. They have been doing 1-1’s using social distancing measures but this is dependant upon any current coronavirus restrictions, please contact them to find out more.
  • Tailored confidential free advice with a start-up business advisor to help you take the first steps with self-employment.
  • One-to-one or group mentoring and coaching to explore self-employment options in more detail.
  • Support and advice to access grants and loans.
  • Access to the Business Factory Ideas Bank with nearly 500 ready to progress business ideas

In addition to this, you can also access weekly workshops, courses, qualifications and networking opportunities, including an “Introduction to Self-Employment” workshop.

Find out more here.

Business growth support

The Business Factory can offer 100% funded 1-2-1 support and specialist consultancy in a range of topics, to any business in North Tyneside, whether your business is one day old or 50 years, if it’s just you, or up to 250 employees.

The Business Factory supports small and medium sized businesses to grow and create jobs, with up to 12 hours support from a business development officer or specialist consultant.

1-2-1 support is available in the following areas:

  • Procurement
  • Property
  • Marketing, branding and sales
  • Accountancy
  • Human Resources
  • Public relations and social media
  • ICT
  • Ebay – ecommerce / trading online
  • Innovation and design support

Find out more here.

Social enterprise support

Social Enterprise is an exciting and fast-growing sector in North Tyneside. A social enterprise is a business which trades with a social purpose or to benefit the community. Like traditional businesses, they aim to make a profit, but it is what they do with their profits that set them apart.

The Business Factory’s Social Enterprise Business Advisor can support you with:

Setting up a social enterprise:

  • Developing your idea and mission
  • Business planning and finance
  • Registering the business
  • Policies and operational procedures
  • Measuring your impact

Developing and improving an existing social enterprise:

  • Achieving greater impact and improving capacity
  • Reviewing governance, structure and finance
  • Scoping new opportunities
  • Exploring partnerships/collaboration opportunities

Find out more here.

Innovation and design

New businesses and established businesses can get independent, impartial and practical support to help you make the right decisions.

Whether it’s a new idea for a product or service you’d like to explore, or maybe you have already developed something that you want to protect or improve.

Get access to 1 to 1 support for start-up and existing businesses in North Tyneside, helping you with:

  • Idea brainstorming
  • Concept development
  • Early stage product (and service) design
  • Prototyping and development.

Find out more here.

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