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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.

Launchpad Events


Kick-start your Digital Media Marketing campaign



Simon Clayton from Marketing Skills Academy will take you through the essentials of creating a successful digital media marketing campaign for your business.


Monday 28th May 10 – 1

Teesside Launchpad, V0:08,  Victoria building


Introduction to Accounting and Taxation


Bev Goodall from Abacus Bean will take you through the basics of accounting and tax with a specific leaning towards creative industries


Tuesday 29th May 10-12

Teesside Launchpad, V0:08,  Victoria building



Introduction to Kickstarter


Learn all about how to set up a Kickstarter campaign for your business from Jordan of Hobgoblin 3D who has overseen 3 successful campaigns.


Tuesday 4th June 2-4

Teesside Launchpad, V0:08,  Victoria building


Sales Masterclass for Beginners



Mike Lever ‘Sales Trainer of The Year 2013’ will take you through the basics of selling.


  • Understanding how to sell
  • Discovering the role of behaviours in successful selling
  • Thinking like your customer
  • Understanding the sales cycle
  • Positioning your offer



Thursday 6th June 10-1

Teesside Launchpad, V0:08,  Victoria building


The Art of Networking



Nevil Tynemouth from New Results will teach you the art of Networking:

  • The power of the network
  • Network strategy
  • Event networking for the nervous
  • LinkedIn network building


Wednesday 12th June
10 - 1


Teesside Launchpad, V0:08,  Victoria building


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