start-up support programme

New Dates Released for Start-Up Support Programme

South Tyneside residents are being encouraged to prepare for self-employment this Autumn with a free course run by TEDCO Business Support.

Hosted as a live online session, Ready to Start Your Own Business? The How To Workshop is designed for local residents who are either preparing to start their own business or simply want to learn more about what it takes to go self-employed.

start-up support programme
From left to right: Bill Hartshorne (Tedco Business Advisor); Mark Johnston (Tedco Business Advisor; Heather Howat (Senior Business Support Coordinator) and , Cllr Margaret Meling (Lead Member for Economic Growth and Transport, South Tyneside Council.)

The online workshop is just one service delivered by TEDCO Business support on behalf of South Tyneside Council as part of the Start Up South Tyneside programme, which is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The programme has been devised to help tackle some of the key challenges experienced by residents during a cost of living crisis. The session is of particular relevance to those who are unemployed, facing redundancy, looking to supplement their salary or set up a company outright.

Sessions covers topics such as: “How to choose the right legal structure for a business”; “How to register a business”; and “How to fulfil your legal obligations as a business owner”.

In addition to the online workshop, those who enrol on the Start Up South Tyneside programme will gain access to a range of other services and sessions, including face-to-face events, one-to-one advisor support, mentoring and TEDCO’s library of start-up resources and documents.

TEDCO Business Advisor, Mark Johnston, says:

“People are often put off going self-employed or starting a business because they are concerned about things like tax returns, insurance and cashflow forecasting. But our “How To Workshop” is designed to help people understand that these matters shouldn’t be a barrier to becoming your own boss. Being self-employed shouldn’t be intimidating and it can actually be a liberating experience.

“Start Up South Tyneside isn’t just for those people looking to start a limited company. It’s equally valuable for those looking to set up a side hustle or earn some extra income in addition to their current role.”

Speaking on the announcement of the programme dates, Cllr Margaret Meling, Lead Member for Economic Growth and Transport, said,

“Connecting residents to jobs is one of our ambitions and this free programme is a great opportunity for anyone thinking of going into business – even if they just have the seed of an idea.

“It might just help them understand exactly what it takes to be self-employed or it could help give them the knowledge and confidence to take the plunge and go it alone.”

For full details visit:

Latest News