If you're thinking of starting your own business in Middlesbrough, the following information should help you on your way.
If you're looking to set up a new business, you can access a package of support specifically for your own start up needs. The support is fully-funded and includes a variety of workshops where everything is covered to start your own business. In addition, if you're looking at setting up a business in one of the Tees Valley's priority sectors and recruiting new staff, you may be eligible for grant support. Visit the North East Enterprise Agency website to find out more.
If you're brand new to business, Enterprise Revolution provides advice and support to help you get your business idea off the ground.
HMRC will guide you through the process of becoming self-employed, including what type of business to start up, what PAYE is, and how to complete self-assessment tax returns.
Invest in Middlesbrough Breakfast Exchange provides the local business community with a dedicated forum to share, learn, chat and do business. Sign up to the mailing list via the Invest in Middlesbrough website to find out when the next Breakfast Exchange is taking place.
Tees Valley Business Compass - part of the Business Growth Hubs network, set up by the government to support business growth - can help you with everything from finding the right premises and marketing your business, to producing a growth strategy and developing a skilled workforce.
Teesside University's business support service, The Forge, supports innovative businesses with big ideas and ambitions.
TEDCO Business Support is a team of experienced and driven business support experts who help enterprising individuals start and grow companies. They are the North East partner for Virgin Start-Up Loans.
Ask your business advisor for more information about the Government's Start Up Loan Programme.
Having suitable plans for your business is key to succeeding. GOV.UK has example business plans and cash flow templates to help you understand what you'll need to do.