How budding entrepreneurs can beat imposter syndrome

So, you’ve thought of a great new business idea. You can see how it could really take off and can’t believe no one else is already doing it. You try to imagine yourself launching the business and making it a success… but you falter. You have no experience of starting businesses and couldn’t possibly become… Read more

Three simple ways to overcome entrepreneur burnout as a start-up owner

Being in the midst of launching a business is an exciting time. You’re bringing your vision to life, and the possibilities can feel endless… … but so can your to-do list. And if you’re not careful, you can quickly burn out. Here are eight signs that you might be burned out: Eight signs you’re suffering… Read more

Meet the businesses taking part in our third incubator programme

We’re proud to announce that the third DCI programme is now underway.  We can’t wait to see how our current crop of local entrepreneurs develop their businesses over the next six months. Without further ado, here are the seven start-ups we’re supporting at the moment… First up is Doxa Consultancy, which is run by Sola,… Read more

Should I work for someone else or start my own company in 2020?

Contemplating a new career?  At this time of year you’re not alone, with research suggesting that one in five people are on the hunt for a new job in January. So, if your New Year’s resolution is to reinvigorate your career, you’ll be competing in a crowded job market. Depending on the industry you work… Read more

Cash flow for start-ups: How to manage cash flow as a new business

Your business’s cash flow is its lifeblood, and analysing it is like giving your business a health check.  It’s so important that it’s one of the key points we picked out in our article on why 60% of new businesses fail in the first three years.  But what exactly is cash flow? How do you… Read more

60% of new businesses fail in the first 3 years. Here’s why.

New businesses are launching at an unprecedented rate, with approximately 660,000 new start-ups registered in the UK every year according to The Telegraph. Yet the same article exposes the sheer volume of those businesses that fail, with 20% not making it past their first year, and a staggering 60% going bust within their first three… Read more

The 7 networking events every North-East business owner needs to attend

Business is as much about who you know as what you know.  And networking events are a great way of meeting people who can take your business to the next level.  You never know – you could meet your next client or customer, or even someone that could completely transform the future of your business. … Read more

Meet the businesses taking part in our second incubator programme

We are absolutely thrilled to introduce the businesses taking part in our second incubator programme! After the success of our first round, we simply can’t wait to see how these companies develop over the next 6 months.   First up… Heartwood Skills. Heartwood provide mentoring, training and skills to those not in education, employment or… Read more

Registering your first business: Everything you need to know

Setting up a new business can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. This handy guide will walk you through everything you need to know to register your business with the minimum of fuss. Registering your business The first thing you need to do is decide on the legal structure of your business. You… Read more