Start-Up Support




Take a leap into Self-Employment!

Got a business idea but don't know where to start?

Fancy turning a hobby into a second income?

Get fully funded impartial start-up advice from our qualified business advisers and their network of small business owners.

Whatever your motivation, whatever your passion... talk to us today.  To get started, call 0191 3892648 or email  and take the leap into self-employment.

“We are a Delivery Partner within the Enterprise Support in the North East 2 project. This is a business start up project being delivered across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear and County Durham to assist potential entrepreneurs to become enterprise ready and ultimately self-employed. This is part funded by European Regional Development Fund”  

CDC Enterprise Agency supports people to start up businesses in Co. Durham. We provide the support you need to achieve success, including:

Start Up Workshops

Our start-up workshop programme covers essential aspects or setting up and running a successful business.  They're full of practical hints and tips to move your ideas forward and they will cost you nothing to attend. 

Start Up Coaching

Our experienced business coaches are available to support you to achieve your goals. Fully funded coaching sessions are available to help you; develop your ideas, overcome challenges, and keep motivated throughout the process of starting up and establishing your business.  

Enterprise Club

Grab a coffee, meet other people setting up or running their own businesses, make useful contacts and pick up some handy hints and tips for your business at our Enterprise Club. They run on the last Friday of each month. Find out more. 

Start Up Loans

Need capital to get you started? We've teamed up with Transmit Start-Ups to help our clients access the nations Start Up Loans scheme. We'll help you do all the groundwork to give you the best chance of your application going through quickly and smoothly. 

ROAD:  Reaching Out Across Durham

Finding your potential

Reaching Out Across Durham (ROAD) brings together 12 well respected voluntary and community service organisations who want to make a real difference to the lives of 625 people who live in County Durham and are aged 25 and over. We will achieve this by providing 1 to 1 intensive support that encourages and enables participants to achieve their goals as they move towards and into job search, employment, education and training.

Participants will receive 1 to 1 support from a range of health and finance specialists as well as access to a range of training and vocational courses and guidance, support and advice on any area needed to enable participants to make positive choices.

ROAD is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund until July 2019, and is a Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme.

Call us today on 0191 3892648 or 07465 207 207 to begin making a real difference to your life!


The ROAD Partnership is a Building Better Opportunities Programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund