Turn your dream into reality

DO you have a business idea you would like to develop? Or run a business and would like to grow? Business Link can help you access funding and turn your goals into a reality.

Business Link is the access point for funding support through the North East England Investment Centre.

Our team of highly experienced advisors can help you get the most out of your businesses.

Last year, Business Link provided advice, support and access to funding to more than 30,000 of the region’s businesses.

We are currently taking applications for funding which could help your business grow and develop, but time is running out. Why not take advantage of the opportunities on offer and apply for funding before the deadline on June 17?

With just a few weeks left to apply, it’s essential that you get in touch as soon as possible to discuss your requirements and find out if you’re eligible to receive support from the range of funding initiatives available.

• Intensive Start Up Support – This fund is for new businesses which have been trading for up to six months.

It aims to improve the survival rates of new businesses and offers the chance to apply for help with branding and corporate identity, financial planning, e-commerce, IT, market research and mentoring.

• Starting a High Growth Business – Eligible areas of support include consultancy, product and process development, as well as areas such as financial planning.

• Innovation, Advice and Guidance – This fund could help your business develop and implement new ideas, products and services, improve competitiveness and profitability.

This can include market research, product testing or introducing new technology into the business.

• Flexible Skills Fund (FSF) – helps businesses acquire higher level skills training (defined as NVQ level 4 or equivalent).

Business Link can advise you on any qualifying criteria, and work with you to ensure you are in the best possible position to secure funding for your business, as well as being able to offer support in other areas such as business planning, premises, legal support, marketing, sales and using social media.

For further information call 0845 6009006 or visit www.businesslink.gov.uk/northeast