Starting a business in Northumberland

Starting a business in Northumberland  (Extract from the Golden Guide Northumberland, 2018)

Research by Barclays Bank shows that over 65s were the fastest-growing age group of UK business owners in the last ten years. In 2015, UK start-ups by over 55s contributed more than £7bn to the economy. So if you have a good idea for a business in Northumberland—here are some places to find help.


Business Support Helpline,

0300 456 3565 or 0191 581 0052 textphone

Signposting information on business planning, finances, marketing and local schemes available etc.


Business Northumberland

01670 528453, Lucy Cansfield 

Practical support, advice and workshops across Northumberland for established businesses wanting to grow, or start-ups. Marketing, finance, digital application. Business advisers, online portal of advice and informal networking events.


NBSL (Northumberland Business Service Ltd.)

01670 813322

Advice on business start-ups for Northumberland residents. Some grant support may be available for businesses already trading.


Northumberland Community Development Network, (NCDN)

07885 303166 John McGough   

NCDN’s work in rural areas helps residents develop community assets such as village halls, business ideas and find routes to self-employment, to strengthen enterprise within each community. Get in touch to see how they can help.


Social Enterprise Northumberland

07917 266864, Tony Kirsop

If you have a business idea as well as a passion to make a positive difference, consider social enterprise. You will be combining business with doing good deeds. Many retirees are successfully moving into this field and taking on a larger role in their community. For start up support and advice on finance, legal and governance issues ring as above.


Tedco Business Support

0191 516 6102 Tracy Clarkson                                                                

Experienced advisers offer one to one support for pre and post start businesses across the region. They help develop plans, access finance, find suppliers or staff etc. If you have a business idea get in touch for advice.

For information and ideas on working after retirement see the Golden Guide Northumberland, 2018 pages 37-40 and page 100

or Golden Guide Newcastle & North Tyneside 2017 pages 39-40