Business support

Advice and financial assistance

North Tyneside Council's Business and Enterprise Team is committed to delivering a comprehensive programme to support your business. We offer business start-up advice, recruitment and training support, financial guidance and assistance with locating premises.

All business people, regardless of how much experience you have, benefit from someone to talk to about general business issues. If you are looking to expand or need advice on how to grow, we can help you achieve your objectives. We will listen to you and offer advice on issues such as how to access finance, employment issues and marketing.


National Covid-19 Grant Support 

As of 1 July 2021, all national Government grant schemes are now closed. This includes Local Restrictions Support Grants and Restart Grants. The North Tyneside Additional Restrictions Grant closed on Friday 7th May 2022. 

North Tyneside Business Awards

Applications are now open for the North Tyneside Business Awards 2022.

The awards are brought to you by North Tyneside Business Forum. 

Businesses can apply for the following awards:

  • New Business Award – A business which has started since March 2021 and has shown potential growth.
  • Resilience Award - A business which has shown resilience and growth throughout challenging economic times.
  • Action on Climate Change Award - A business which demonstrates efforts to protect and enhance the environment.
  • Innovation Award - A business which has identified new and innovative ways of working, and/or created something that is unique to the market place.
  • Heart of the Business Award – nominated by the business for a member of staff which keeps the business going and has overcome their own personal challenges.

Applications are being accepted online at and the closing date for applications is Friday 23rd September 2022.

The nomination process is also open for the popular Heart of the Community Award and nominations can be made here The closing date for nominations is also Friday 23rd September 2022.

Business Start-up

The Business Factory can help you to explore your abilities and look at the reality of starting a business.

Our team of advisers can work with you free of charge to build skills, provide expert knowledge to enable you to start a business. Services offered by the Business Factory include:

  • guidance with your business plan
  • help to find ideas and support to turn your passions, interests and skills into a business
  • business ideas - there are hundreds listed on The Business Factory website

Whatever stage you are at with your business idea, from just thinking about it, to being ready to start, our advisers will help.

Telephone: 0191 605 3110 

Visit the Business Factory website.

North Tyneside Business Forum

North Tyneside Business Forum is the lead support organisation for the business community in North Tyneside; encouraging economic growth, employment, sustainability and corporate responsibility. Here to create a supportive network for businesses in North Tyneside and ensure local business is well connected and represented.

The Business Forum is managed by a group of local business people from across all sectors that have the needs of the local business community at heart. It's our committed aim to support all North Tyneside companies from the very smallest micro-business to the largest.

To be notified of future business support & grant schemes, please register to become a member of North Tyneside Business Forum. 

Visit the Business Forum website   


Rising Costs and Energy Crisis

North Tyneside Business Forum are supporting members with their concerns on rising costs and the energy crisis. 

You can find more information about about the Energy Bill Relief Scheme for businesses on a dedicated Rising Costs and Energy Crisis page on the North Tyneside Business Forum website

Town Centre Business Support

Members of the Business & Enterprise team regularly attend town centre Chamber meetings in North Shields, Wallsend and Whitley Bay. We can support your town centre business with advice on property, vacancy rates and footfall figures.

Green and Environmental Support

Grants, resources, and support are available to assist your business to reduce its carbon footprint and become more sustainable. Please see our dedicated page for more information on the specific assistance available.

Grants, support and resources.

You can also learn more about North Tyneside Council’s aim to achieve carbon net zero by 2030 here.


Support to navigate all of the available support

Our Business Development Officer Vanessa Murphy can help guide you through all local, regional & national support available, matching you with the most appropriate connections to help you grow your business.

Contact |  0777 9303805