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Start-Up Support

Giving you the knowledge to get a head start

Got a business in mind or want to explore an idea?

Through Accelerate Ashington, we are delivering a programme of workshops designed to provide you with the skills you need to turn your idea into a business, organisation or social enterprise. The workshops will cover the following areas:

Organisational Set Up

  • Developing ideas and concepts into a viable business/ social enterprise / community organisation;
  • Registering as a sole trader / business / social enterprise / community organisation;
  • Legal, policies, operational procedures and business structures.

Finance and Business Planning

  • Options available for financing new ventures;
  • Developing a business plan;
  • Forecasting cash flow;
  • Taxation;
  • Calculating profit margins for new services / products.

Marketing & Sales

  • Explore marketing options available to new ventures;
  • Guidance in selecting the most appropriate channels for the target audience;
  • Obtaining, nurturing and converting leads into sales.

Register your interest

Individuals who meet the below eligibility criteria can access fully-funded workshops delivered by business support experts.

Individuals must;

  • Be interested in setting up either a business, organisation or social enterprise;
  • Be interested in setting up that organisation within Ashington.

Future Dates:

All sessions are 9.30-12.30 online

November 2023

Workshop 1 – 13th
Workshop 2 – 20th
Workshop 3 – 27th

December 2023

Workshop 1 – 4th
Workshop 2 – 11th
Workshop 3 – 18th

January 2023

Workshop 1 – 15th
Workshop 2 – 22nd
Workshop 3 – 29th

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Workspace Offer

For entrepreneurs who complete all 3 workshops through Accelerate Ashington, we are offering the opportunity to access virtual office space through Advance Northumberland

Advance Northumberland Workspace Virtual Office

  • Registering address and mailbox at Wansbeck or Ashington Workspace
  • Two days free access to hot-desking facilities per month subject to terms of agreement.
  • 6 months free, no admin fee, 12-month agreement

This brings the total cost of this offer £180 instead of original £385

Individuals Must;

  • Be registered as a new enterprise via Companies House
  • Already have attended all three start-up workshops offered as part of this programme
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