Starting a business is an invigorating and exciting proposition. It's an opportunity to change your life by working hard and then reaping the rewards.

How we can help.

Our experienced advisors can work with you to develop practical business skills and also be there to guide you through your start-up process.


Exploring your idea.

You might have a great idea for a business and to find out how well it could work, we'll show you how to carry out some market research that will let you understand your market, your competitors and how to price your products and services.

Developing skills.

We know exactly what's required to start up and run a successful business and we can pass those skills on to you. Marketing, financial management, premises, employing people - these are just a few of the areas in which we can provide help and guidance.

Your business plan.

We'll work with you to develop the skills you'll need to get your business plan right the first time and you can use the experience of our advisors to test your ideas on as you go.

What our clients think.

We've worked with thousands of people, helping them to start up successful, growing businesses - here's what a couple of them have to say about us:

"The NBSL support was vital to turn my ideas into a viable business, they encouraged me to build my business in stages concentrating first on the home tuition which is far exceeding expectations..."

Jane Cochrane

"NBSL opened up avenues for me I would never have thought of, I wanted to be independent, stand on my own two feet and not be reliant on anyone else"

Joanne Roberts

Whether you've just had an idea or you've been thinking about something for years, our advisors can work with you to develop your plans into the reality of your own business, just like we did for Jane and Joanne.

Ready to go further?

Our advisors have helped thousands of North East businesses to start up and grow. If you think you could be next, find out about our business start-up workshops or, if you're claiming Job Seekers Allowance, how we can support you with the New Enterprise Allowance.


Register your business as an NBSL provider and stay up to date with the latest funding information.

If you provide business support services like marketing, business planning, human resources or financial planning find out how you could register with us to offer a grant of up to £2800 to your clients for work that you do for them.

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Our Programmes

We support businesses from start up to growth.

Our unique support programmes can provide help no matter what stage your business is at.

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