Grants & Finance

As with most things in life, we find that when it comes to funding or financing a business or project it is as much who you know as what you know.

We have developed good working relationships with many local organisations, who may be able to support the development of your business through grant funding, loans or other financing methods.

These organisations include: County Durham Development Company, Durham County Council, Business & Enterprise Group, Natural England, Prince's Trust, Arts Council to name just a few.

We can help you review your plans for growth and identify where potential funding may be available, then work with you and the organisation to submit applications.

To discuss potential funding routes please contact 01388 776688 to speak to the business advisory team.

New Enterprise Allowance

New Enterprise Allowance can provide money and support to help you start your own business if you’re getting certain benefits.


You must be aged 18 or over, have a business idea and get one of the following benefits:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (or your partner does)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (or your partner does)
  • Income Support, if you’re a lone parent, or you’re sick or disabled
  • You may also be eligible if you get Universal Credit.

Contact the Start Up Team on 01388 776688 to arrange a meeting.