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We're here with practical information for your business. Learn about business planning, running a business and more.


For a successful business, you need a viable business idea, the skills to make it work and the funding. Discover whether your idea has what it takes.

Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

Few businesses manage the leap from start up to high-growth business. Learn what it takes to scale up and take your business to the next level.

Already formed a company?

So, you've formed your company but need guidance on where to go now.

You're in the right place. Teesside Launchpad has a full support network of experts, businesses and mentors to help you grow your company in all the ways you want, and maybe even some you haven't thought of yet.

As a member of Launchpad you'll get access to a fantastic diverse and entrepreneurial community of other start-ups just like you, to help support your growth and development. You'll get access to the dedicated Launchpad building with specialist co-working spaces, ideation spaces, meeting rooms, and subsidised starter studios and offices.

You'll also be able to take advantage of a wealth of online resources and stat-up ideas generation workshops and events, such as start-up sprints, which include ideas generation, business model canvas, market research, and networking.

Alongside this, there's the opportunity to apply for the intensive six-week fuel programme aimed at recent graduates in the early stages of forming a company. And access to a vast pool of mentoring experts from a variety of different professions to help your business grow and develop, including:

  • Accountancy & Finance
  • Sales and Marketing
  • SEO and Web
  • Branding
  • I.P and legal
  • Social Media
  • Presentation skills
  • Start-up Business mentoring
  • Access to angel investors and funding

To get involved and make your business grow, join Launchpad online and book an initial appointment to discuss your needs via target connect

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