NEW BUSINESS STARTUP ADVICE

At EDBS, we’re proud to support budding entrepreneurs who are looking to set up their own businesses or go self-employed.

Our advice and support is available to anyone in the East Durham area and is completely free of charge.

Our dedicated business adviser, at our Novus Business Centres in Peterlee and Seaham, will help guide you through the process of setting up on your own.

From researching the market and finding your customer base to balancing the books and promoting your business… we’ll make sure you get the best possible start.

To find out more about how EDBS can help you get your business off the ground, get in touch with the team today.

We’ll help you:

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Write your business plan

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Register your business name

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Register as self-employed

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Cashflow and forecasting

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Your pricing structure

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Marketing and advertising

We are a Delivery Partner within the ‘Enterprise Support in the North East’ project.  This is a business start up project being delivered across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham to assist potential entrepreneurs to become enterprise ready and ultimately self-employed.  This is part funded by European Regional Development Fund.

YOUR BUSINESS ADVISER

I’m Hina Joshi – I work with budding entrepreneurs who want to pursue self employment, as well as newly-created companies that are looking to get their venture off the ground. I also work with growing SMEs that are looking to implement the next phase of their growth plan.

CONTACT HINA

USEFUL DOWNLOADS AND WEBSITE LINKS

Business Plan Template

Download our template for your business startup plan.

Marketing Plan

Download a basic plan for marketing your new business.

Book Keeping Example

Download a sample financials template for an imaginary bedding company.

Book Keeping Example

Download a sample financials template for an imaginary beautician.

Companies House

Companies house is a useful site when picking a business name.

Website Registration

You can register your website domain name and hosting at 123-Reg.

GOV UK Webinars

Find useful online seminars and workshops for the self employed.

CASE STUDY: ANGELA QUINN

Despite having a wealth of experience with children – working as a nursery nurse for 15 years prior to becoming a mum herself – Angela initially struggled to understand the ‘business’ side of setting up on her own. but with the help of EDBS, Angela’s childminding business was born.

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FUNDING AND FUNDERS

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The Business Support in the North East project is being part financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007-13. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf.  Working in a consortium led by North East Enterprise Agencies Ltd (NEEAL) local Enterprise and Development Agencies in the North East have matched this ERDF investment with £1.07m of their own funds.

New Enterprise Allowance Funding

New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you’re getting certain benefits.

You must be aged 18 or over, have a business idea and get one of the following benefits: Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support. You may also be eligible if you get Universal Credit.

To find out if you’re eligible, speak to us or contact your Jobcentre Plus coach.