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 online business advice via live chat following our recent partnership with business support website, My Incubator Ventures. This new service allows you to speak to a professional business advisor via a live chat service, saving you the time and money of having to travel anywhere.
As well as being able to chat to business advisors, you can also access the Mi Ventures business information library which is full of useful, downloadable factsheets and documents, including business plan documents, to help you get started.
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
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