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Business Link Network

Your local Business Link can provide free information and advice to new enterprises. Listed below are contact details for all of the Business Links in the North East.

Business Link County Durham
IMEX Business Centre
Abbey Road
Durham
DH1 5JZ
Tel: (0845) 051 2250
Fax: (0191) 374 4010
E-mail: gateway@blcd.co.uk
Website: Business Link County Durham

Business Link Northumberland
Wansbeck Business Centre
Wansbeck Business Park
Rotary Parkway
Ashington
Northumberland
NE63 8QZ
Tel: (01670) 813 322
Fax: (01670) 813 355
E-mail: info@n-bs.co.uk
Website: Business Link Northumberland

Business Link Tees Valley
Tees Valley Business Centre
2 Queens Square
Middlesbrough
TS2 1AA
Tel: (01642) 806 666
Fax: (01642) 341 425
E-mail: info@tees.businesslink.co.uk
Website: Business Link Tees Valley

Business Link Tyne and Wear
Business and Innovation Centre
Wearfield
Sunderland Enterprise Park East
Sunderland
SR5 2TA
Tel: (0191) 516 6700
Fax: (0191) 516 6777
E-mail: ask@businesslinktw.co.uk
Website: Business Link Tyne and Wear

CDC Business Partnership

The CDC Business Partnership provides help, advice and assistance to:

  • individuals considering starting a new business in the Chester-le-Street or City of Durham area;
  • existing businesses already in the area;
  • businesses from outside the area looking to relocate in the area
  • community groups in the area.

It offers an extensive range of services, including, for example:

  • Access to grants & funding
  • Preparing business plans
  • Business advice
  • Basic taxation advice

Contact details:

Chester-le-Street Office
CDC Enterprise Agency
Newcastle Road
Chester-le-Street
County Durham
DH3 3TS
Tel : (0191) 389 2648
Fax: (0191) 387 1684

Durham Office
CDC Enterprise Agency
The Lodge
Laburnum Avenue
Durham City
DH1 4HA
Tel : (0191) 384 5407
Fax: (0191) 386 8673
E-mail: enquiries@cdcbp.org.uk
Website: CDC Business Partnership

County Durham Development Company (CDDC)

The County Durham Development Company (CDDC) supports local business in County Durham. Its aim is to promote and develop business within the county. The CDDC can offer information on business grants and premises.

Contact details:

County Durham Development Company (CDDC)
County Hall
Durham
DH1 5UT
Tel: (0191) 383 2000
Fax: (0191) 386 2974
E-mail: enquiries@cddc.co.uk
Website: County Durham Development Company (CDDC)

East Durham Business Service

East Durham Business Service (EDBS) brings together the business support services of District of Easington Council with East Durham Development Agency (EDDA). They provide advice, information and support to new and existing businesses in the area.

Contact details:

East Durham Business Service
1 Palmer Road
South West Industrial Estate
Peterlee
County Durham
SR8 2HU
Tel: (0191) 586 3366
Fax: (0191) 518 0332
E-mail: enquiry@edda.co.uk
Website: East Durham Business Service

Tyne and Wear Enterprise Trust Ltd (ENTRUST)

ENTRUST provides a wide range of support to new and established small businesses in Tyne and Wear, including:

  • Training
  • Premises
  • Advice and information

ENTRUST also provides financial assistance via its 'Small Loan Fund'.

Contact details:

ENTRUST
Portman House
Portland Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 1AQ
Tel: (0191) 244 4000
Fax: (0191) 244 4001
E-mail: enquire@entrust.co.uk
Website: ENTRUST

People into Enterprise (PIE)

People Into Enterprise (PIE) aims to support and encourage people to explore their entrepreneurial spirit, help them take advantage of their skills and ideas, and show them opportunities! By providing you with practical advice, support and training, PIE aims to help you make the most of your ideas.

Contact details:

People Into Enterprise
PO Box 212
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE6 5UW
Tel: (0845) 245 0212
E-mail: alison@peopleintoenterprise.com
Website: People into Enterprise

Project North East (PNE)

PNE provides a wide range of assistance to new and existing small businesses, including:

  • Advice
  • Training
  • Premises
  • Financial packaging
  • General support

PNE also provides low interest loans to new and expanding small businesses.

Contact details:

Project North East
Business Support Services
7-15 Pink Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 5DW
Tel: (0191) 261 6009
Fax: (0191) 245 3785
E-mail: info@pne.org
Website: Project North East

Sedgefield Borough Business Service (SBBS)

Sedgefield Borough Business Service (SBBS) provides help and advice to companies and individuals on:

  • grants
  • business planning
  • marketing
  • information and communications technology
  • training

Contact details:

Sedgefield Business Centre
St. Cuthbert's Way
Aycliffe Industrial Park
Newton Aycliffe
Co. Durham
DL5 6DX
Tel: (01325) 307 270
Fax: (01325) 308 264
E-mail: enquiries@sbbs.org.uk
Website: Sedgefield Borough Business Service

SHELL LiveWIRE

Shell LiveWIRE helps 16-30 year olds to start and develop their own business, and hosts a national competition for new business start-ups.

Contact details:

Shell LiveWIRE
Hawthorn House
Forth Banks
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 3SG
Tel: (0191) 261 5584
Fax: (0191) 261 1910
E-mail: enquiries@shell-livewire.org
Website: Shell LiveWIRE

TEDCO

TEDCO aims to support the creation of jobs and wealth through the development of new and existing businesses in South Tyneside. To meet its objectives, TEDCO provides four types of service:

  • Managed workspace, premises suitable for new and small businesses;
  • Business support services, from business start-up to business development support;
  • Community development services, including work with young people in schools and colleges and people running community or voluntary organisations; and
  • Consultancy Service.

Contact details:

TEDCO Business Centre
Viking Industrial Park
Jarrow
Tyne and Wear
NE32 3DT
Tel: (0191) 428 3300
Fax: (0191) 428 3388

TEDCO Business Works
Henry Robson Way
Station Road,
South Shields
Tyne and Wear
NE33 1RF
Tel: 0191 427 4500
Fax: 0191 427 4599
Website: TEDCO

The Enterprise Exchange - Durham University

The Enterprise Exchange provides support to students, graduates and alumni at the Durham and Queen's campuses.

If you're interested in finding out about setting up and running your own business and being your own boss, the BOSS programme provides you with the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, know-how and know-who to achieve success.

The Enterprise Exchange will put you in contact with other graduate business owners for an insight into the realities of running a business, together with a range of start-up support organisations in the region.

You will also have the opportunity to receive business coaching in the Careers Service to discuss your personal situation, and to take an idea forward.

If you just want to find out whether being your own boss is right for you, the programme will allow you to explore every aspect of business ownership so that you can make that decision.

Whether you choose to take the steps towards to setting up your own business venture at the end of the programme or not, you'll have had the opportunity to develop enterprising life skills which really help you to make things happen, in the workplace and in your daily life.

Contact details:

Rachel Orange
Tel: (0191) 334 5130
E-mail: rachel.orange@durham.ac.uk
Website: The Enterprise Exchange

The Hatchery - Sunderland University

The University of Sunderland houses hatchery facilities for students to develop their business ideas in a risk free environment. The aim of The Hatchery is to provide students (past and present) with the facilities and support to enable them to develop an idea for a new business.

Contact details:

The Hatchery
Sunderland Business School
Reg Vardy Centre
The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St. Peter's
Sunderland
SR6 0DD
Tel: (0191) 515 3165
Fax: (0191 515 2320
E-mail: thehatchery@sunderland.ac.uk
Website: The Hatchery

The Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust provides assistance to young people aged 18-30, who wish to start, or have started, their own business.

Contact details:

The Prince's Trust - North East Region
Tynegate Business Centre
5th Floor, Aidan House
Sunderland Road
Gateshead
Tyne and Wear
NE8 3HU
Tel: (0191) 478 8488
Fax: (0191) 478 8487
Website: The Prince's Trust