East Durham Business Service

EDBS announces schedule of 2022 business support workshops

East Durham Business Service is holding a series of workshops in 2022 which are designed to help people make the move into self-employment and grow their business when they do.

The workshops are being delivered by Hina Joshi.

Subject and dates below:

Finance Workshops – designed to help people understand the financial complexities of running your own business:

11 January

22 February

22 March

19 April

17 May

Marketing workshops – to help attendees understand how to market their business to grow their audience:

25 January

8 March

5 April

3 May

31 May

Be Your Own Boss Workshops

15 February

15 March

12 April

10 May

The Be Your Own Boss Workshop will provide the following:

  • An understanding of the motivations, barriers, considerations and benefits of Self Employment.
  • What you need to know about self-employment
  • An understanding of business planning and business finance
  • An understanding of what the next step is: ‘Are you ready to work on a business plan?’
  • Support available to get you started

Hina Joshi said: “These workshops will help people understand the many varied and complex elements that come with running a business and will help those thinking of making the transition into self-employment decide if it’s the right thing for them.”

For more information and to book visit: https://edbs.co.uk/edbs-workshops/

EDBS welcomes four new tenants to Novus Business Centre

SUPPORT organisation East Durham Business Service has welcomed four new tenants to Novus Business Centre.

Team Evolve, Claire McPhail Counselling, Galaxy Letts and East Durham Counselling have all moved into the Peterlee facility, which provides office space to new and growing businesses.

Although the organisation has faced a tough 18 months brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, Novus Business Centre is currently home to more tenants than it has been since 2018 and is targeting full occupancy in the coming months.

Stuart Allan, project director at property development consultancy Team Evolve, said: “Our business is growing across the region, and we felt Novus Business Centre was ideally located for us to service our vast portfolio of clients. We know there’s also the option of moving into bigger space when the time is right.”

Claire McPhail, 44, relocated her business from home to her first office space just last month. She said: “I branched out into private practice this year and as my client base quickly grew I needed the flexibility of my own space where I could conduct the sessions.

“I had a look around the area and the space at Novus Business Centre was perfect for what I needed. The building is light and bright and has the relaxed feel I know my clients want.”

Natalie Holmes from East Durham Counselling added: “The facilities provided at Novus are ideal for counselling – professional, private and easy to access. It’s a great atmosphere to work in. My business is going from strength to strength. It’s wonderful to be able to support people through these difficult times.”

As well as the business facilities offers at Novus, East Durham Business Service also provides support to budding entrepreneurs who have ambitions to move into self-employment and works with growing SMEs which are looking to develop their business.

Denise Fielding, Operations Director at East Durham Business Service, said: “There’s no denying it’s been a tough 18 months for the business community but there is a real feeling now that we’re through the worst of it and companies are looking ahead to a more positive future.

“In the past few months, we’ve welcomed another four new tenants to Novus Business Centre, all of whom see our building as the perfect environment to grow.

“We’re incredibly passionate about nurturing new starts from launch and helping established businesses through their journey and we hope to welcome even more ambitious individuals and SMEs to Novus as we work towards full occupancy.”

The new-start support offered by East Durham Business Service is through the Enterprise Support in the North East programme through the European Regional Development Fund.