Have you ever thought about starting a business? Have you got an idea, but not sure what to do with it? If you currently live in County Durham, or you’re looking to start your business in the county, there are a number of specialist agencies who can give you the business start-up and funding advice you need, as well as highlighting the training courses to support you in preparing your business.
You can also access free business advice via The Business Support Helpline (0300 456 3565). This service allows you to speak to a professional business advisor who will be able to help you begin your business journey, saving you the time and money of having to travel anywhere.
The live chat service is available Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm (excluding public bank holidays). Just click on the link to the right under the Business Support Helpline logo, or call 0300 4563565 for help.
Durham Creatives can help if you have a business idea related to one of the creative industries. They run workshops and one to one sessions to help you find the best way to achieve your goals
You can find out about TEDCO's Start and Grow Programme by visiting their website where you can also find details of their Virgin Start Up Loans
Enterprise Revolution is a not for profit organisation based in the North East of England. Their mission is to promote people to start your own business and self employment to as many people as they can. https://enterpriserevolution.co.uk/ Tel: 01642 220814 firstname.lastname@example.org
County Durham has four dedicated Enterprise Agencies, all of whom offer a wide range of services to help you start and grow your business.
If you live or will set up your business in the Durham City or Chester-le-Street area, CDC is your local business start-up provider.
Telephone: 0191 3892648
If you live or will set up your business in Consett, Stanley or Lanchester area, DEA is your local business start-up provider.
Telephone: 01207 580011
If you live or will set up your business in Easington, Peterlee or Seaham area, EDBS is your local business start-up provider.
If you live or will set up your business in the areas of Bishop Auckland, Shildon, Newton Aycliffe, Sedgefield, Weardale or Teesdale, SDEA is your local business start-up provider.
Telephone: 01388 776688