Starting Out

Our business start-up process is a mix of training, practical assistance and where eligible, financial support aimed at helping you to plan, set up and run your own business in South Durham.


An initial appointment with an Business Advisor to discuss:

  • Your business idea
  • The practical assistance available
  • Grants & financial incentives
  • Preparing a Business Plan
  • Cash Flow Forecast
  • A Pre-Start Training Course
  • Enterprise Essentials Workshops - business skills training

Once you start trading we will help you to:

  • Register as self-employed (Inland Revenue)
  • Set up suitable accounts
  • Review your progress
  • Ongoing help & support

To arrange an appointment contact the Start Up team on 01388 776688


Durham Start Ups is the new Enterprising Durham Support framework available to all Durham based start ups.

To register for this exciting new support program please click on the link below:

Useful Links

Links to sites and companies that may be able to help you when you are starting up your business. South Durham Enterprise Agency is not responsible for the content of external internet sites: