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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.

Just have an idea?

So, you have an idea for a business, but you're not sure where to start or what to do next.

Don't worry we have the expertise and support to guide you along the way. With access to some of the best resources, businesses and support network in the area, Teesside Launchpad can help you discover whether your idea is viable, and how to take that idea from dream to reality.

Joining Launchpad will give you access to:

  • A vibrant and diverse entrepreneurial community of people just like you
  • Access to the dedicated Launchpad building, with dedicated co-working space, ideation space and meeting rooms
  • There is also subsidised starter studios and offices available to help you grow*
  • Dedicated support from the Launchpad team to test and validate your ideas*
  • A wealth of workshops covering everything you need to know to start your own business in a positive way
  • A team of expert mentors with knowledge and experience to guide you in the right direction*

*Only available for Teesside University students graduates

How you choose to use your Launchpad membership is up to you but you could take advantage of:

  1. Start-up ideas generation workshops and events such as the Start-up Sprints, which include help with ideas generation, completing a business model canvas, market research, pitching and networking tips
  2. A wealth of online resources available to get you started on your own

Join us now and book your appointment and we'll help you take that idea and develop it into something worthwhile.

Start-up meetings are available via Target Connect

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