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Read the latest stories about the region’s startups and the innovations coming out of new or emerging businesses. Covering Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, the North West, North East and Yorkshire.

Bookswap – Innovative new start-up launches in the UK

This month sees the UK launch of Bookswap – an innovative award-winning start up from Estonia – a new, more sustainable way, to enjoy...

Cascade’s Dr Emma Black Named Start Up Entrepreneur of The Year

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2020 has named Dr Emma Black of Cascade Cash Management as it’s North East Start Up Entrepreneur of the...

Lincolnshire family launches new luxury interior design consultancy

Lincoln-based mother and daughter duo Helen and Scarlett Blakey have together launched Ophelia Blake, an interior design consultancy service and studio. Ophelia Blake offer...

How self storage can help businesses amid the pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way we we work. Businesses of all sizes may find that self storage offers a cost-effective and convenient way to keep things running smoothly over the coming months.

Programme to boost SME recovery kicks off

A new, fully-funded leadership programme, created specifically to help SMEs build resilience, tackle the challenges they’re facing during Covid-19, and drive future growth, is now underway with its first cohort from across the region.

Love for Nelson Leads To Big Business

A North Tyneside woman has launched an international business aimed at pooch lovers, which has become an instant success. The company, Nel-Luxe, was born when...

Education Entrepreneur Secures £40,000 Innovate UK Grant

A North East entrepreneur has successfully secured a £40,000 Innovate UK grant to grow his on-demand learning and teaching marketplace, Tutorbloc, with the hope of making personalised support more accessible through a unique mobile-first application

Teen entrepreneur launches successful business during lockdown

Whilst many teenagers were happily watching Netflix or checking Instagram feeds when lockdown started back in March, 17-year-old Tyler Gore had other ideas. The Tadcaster Grammar School sixth former decided to launch his own business – AIAS Candle

Local MP opens new Wharfedale Interiors’ manufacturing facility

Ilkley MP, Robbie Moore, officially opens Wharfedale Interiors' new manufacturing facility based in Ilkley, West Yorkshire. The move will provide 3,000 sq ft of workshop and storage space including two offices for the management team.

Boss who battled Coronavirus raises £200k from NPIF to launch new products

A boss who overcame Coronavirus and went on to successfully steer his office supplies business through the lockdown has secured a £200,000 NPIF loan to support his growth plans.

Easier, faster, safer and now, even more stylish contactless wearables from K-pay

Inspired by aw2020 fashion and catwalk trends K-pay has released their first season collection of wearable wallets – in the form of easy to...

Bahamas call on Mobile Tornado technology to contain COVID-19

World-leading technology supplied by a Yorkshire company is being used to help ensure the effectiveness of quarantine procedures in the Bahamas as part of...

Property boss buys gold mine

A successful UK property business is diversifying into gold mining as uncertainty over economic and political stability drives up the price of one of...

Peazi helps revolutionise hospitality sector in post-Covid world

Two Manchester-based entrepreneurs have launched a food and drink ordering app for the hospitality trade offering a complete in-venue solution, in a sector that...

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber appointed as Kickstart Gateway Organisation

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber is helping employers from across the Sheffield City Region to inspire the next generation to take the first step on...

Leeds Based Start-Up Freeze Debt Shortlisted For Two National Business Awards

Debt advice and solutions app Freeze Debt celebrate making the final of ‘App of the Year’ and ‘Fintech Innovator of the Year’ in the 2020 UK Business Tech Awards.

Red Hawk Creating Jobs and Customer Pay Back Scheme

A new utility broker has launched in the North East this month, with a fresh new approach and job creation of 10 in year...

Companies offered free support to help kickstart post-lockdown economy

Hundreds of innovative SMEs across the North are to be offered free business support packages to help them launch new products or services and adapt to the post-Covid world.

Management Buy-Out at leading North East Estate Agents

Dowen Estate Agents, which has a head office in Hartlepool and seven additional branches along with a bespoke Auction Department across the North East,...

Crusading ‘skills for bills’ approach sees County Durham tech firm close on national award

Seaham-based cyber security firm CyberWhite is in the running for a prize at the prestigious UK Social Mobility Awards, which takes place next Thursday (Oct 8th).

Materials Processing Institute expands office spaces to support adaptive businesses

The Materials Processing Institute is supporting local business by expanding the amount of flexible office space available for both start-up and established enterprises. Having previously...

The Importance of Budgeting and Forecasting in the Age of Coronavirus

Aaron Gilmore of TreyBridge Accountants explains why being able to effectively budget and forecast can mean the difference between a business surviving and thriving.

Wilton Recovery considers establishing pilot plant in US

Teesside entrepreneur Allan Hoggarth is exploring the possibility of opening a Wilton Recovery pilot plant in the United States. The company has successfully pioneered and...

Boiler Plan establishes dedicated eco department to meet expected demand for Green Homes Grant...

Boiler Plan is creating a dedicated eco department to deal with the expected huge demand for the government’s £2 billion Green Homes Grants scheme. The...

Manchester Co-Working Space Welcomes Gaming Giant

Use Space welcomes a new tenant in the form of By Gamers For Gamers (BGFG), a gaming media publishing company built up of multiple...

Dragon’s Den star confirmed as Entrepreneurs’ Forum launches autumn and winter events programme

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has unveiled its responsive autumn-winter events programme designed to inspire, inform, and unite the North East’s business community. It will continue to...

Start-Up Loan funding helps The Only Way is S66 cut through cashflow gap

A mother and daughter who invested their life savings in a bid to bring a touch of glamour to the residents of a South...

Fast-tracked business Covid rescue plan for Sheffield City Region unveiled

One of the single biggest Covid rescue packages of its type in the UK is hoping to save thousands of jobs and transform the business economy of South Yorkshire.

Resilient Shred Centre on track to achieve £1m turnover

The Shred Centre is back on track to break through the £1m turnover barrier - despite losing a major part of its routine work...

Entrepreneurs create £1M brand after discovering secret microscopic allies that clean your home

Two North West entrepreneurs have created a £1M brand after discovering that probiotics are the future of cleaning, not harsh chemical cleaners that are harmful to the environment and peoples’ health.

Jobless figures skewed by Government’s furlough scheme

Today’s unemployment figures are skewed because the government’s furlough scheme still is in place, according to North East recruitment expert Patrick Lonergan.

Not-for-profit architecture firm launches in Greater Manchester

Stockport’s largest landlord, Stockport Homes - a management organisation which looks after both Stockport’s Council’s social housing and their own property portfolio – is...

Mentor inspires businesses in the North to bounce back from Coronavirus

Darren Lewitt, former director of multi-million pound IT company Midwich, has set the bar high with his next challenge, to help inspire a million people to bounce back from coronavirus and get back on track to achieving their dreams.

Housing Provider Protects Tenants With Investment in GUARDIAN®

Believe housing, one of the largest housing associations in the North of England, has successfully implemented GUARDIAN® technology to keep their residents of 136...

Glenbury Goes Virtual at Commerce House

A forward thinking, new financial solutions company has given itself the best start in its business journey by securing a prestigious TS1 postcode. Set up...

Entrepreneurs’ Forum welcomes 6.6 per cent growth in UK ecopnomy

Jonathan Lamb, the chief executive of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, has welcomed official figures out today (Friday 11th September) that reveal the UK economy grew...

Three Organisations Launch a Global Women’s Empowerment Conference

Thrive Law, Equal Talent and Career Mums have come together to create a new conference under the banner of the ‘She Has No Limits’ movement that will bring together like-minded women to inspire, educate and support one another.

Coffee Company Gets A Break Thanks to Growth Hub

Cafeology, an independently owned coffee supplier based in Sheffield, is regaining lost ground as a result of the Lockdown, thanks to support from Sheffield City Region’s Re-Start to Growth initiative.

Teesside entrepreneur invests £300,000 in new business after patenting innovative recycling process

Wilton Recovery is set to launch a pioneering process designed to cut manufacturing costs and reduce the amount of material currently going to landfill. Teesside...

Aquatics expert who took the plunge into entrepreneurship scales start up

The prospect of running a business can make even the most aspirational entrepreneur feel like a fish out of water, but with a lifelong...