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Developing Your Business Idea Developing Your Business Idea

Before you launch your new business, your idea will need further research, market testing and planning. You’ll also need to understand regulations and how to set up your business.

We’ve identified the best resources and support programmes in County Durham to help you progress your plans and prepare to launch your business.

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Are you looking for reliable and practical information to support the development of your business? Do you have a specific business challenge you need guidance on?

The Durham Start-ups portal has a range of factsheets and guides from COBWEB to help you start, run and grow your business – whatever your idea or sector.

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CDC Enterprise Agency

If you live or will set up your business in the Durham City, Chester-le-Street, Consett, Stanley or Lanchester area, then CDC is your local business start-up provider. CDC provide advice and coaching, workshops and workspace. CDC deliver New Enterprise Allowance and the Micro Covid Recovery Grant.

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East Durham Business Service (EDBS)

If you live or will set up your business in Easington, Peterlee or Seaham area, EDBS is your local business start-up provider. EDBS provide one to one coaching and advice, workshops, workspace and deliver New Enterprise Allowance.

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South Durham Enterprise Agency (SDEA)

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. SDEA provide advice and one to one coaching, workshops and workspace and deliver New Enterprise Allowance.

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Prince's Trust

Prince’s Trust support 18 to 30-year-old, from training and mentoring support to funding and resources. Prince’s Trust provide a free Enterprise programme that takes place in a centre near you.

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Durham Ambitious Business Start-ups

An ERDF-funded programme that helps high-quality start-ups in County Durham start trading. Offers premium quality support during the critical first 12 months in business.

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Virgin Startup

Virgin StartUp supports founders and future founders as they get their startup ideas off the ground, all the way through to raising investment and scaling up.

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Transmit Startups

Transmit Startups is a national delivery partner of the Start Up Loans Company, a government-backed scheme to encourage new entrepreneurs.
We provide low-interest Start Up Loans to businesses and individuals across the UK. Each director or partner can borrow up to £25,000 and you have up to five years to repay the money.

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Start Up Loans

The Start Up Loans Company are a subsidiary of the British Business Bank and deliver the Government’s Start Up Loans programme providing finance and support for businesses who struggle to access other forms of finance.

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