If you are thinking about growing your business in South Tyneside then you're certainly not alone
It's an exciting time for any business, especially in South Tyneside, but growth is something that comes with its challenges as well as its opportunities.
We can help prepare you for the challenges and plan for the future. It's about finding the right way to grow your business as well as the right time to grow and that's something only you can decide.
Why grow in South Tyneside?
There are all sorts of reasons why businesses plan for growth in South Tyneside. What's right for one business might be very different to what's right for another business. What matters most is your objectives for your business - this gives everything a clear focus and sense of direction as you move forward.
Meet your customers' needs
Introduce new products or services
Stay ahead of the competition
Look for new challenges
Improve profitability of your business
What do you need to think about?
If you're growing your business in South Tyneside the answer is probably everything. Below are some of the themes and issues that we find often emerge when talking to business owners and managers based in South Tyneside as they go through growth phases. If any of them sound familiar why not get in touch with our team and see how we can help you put your plans into practice?
Staying in control
Access to information
Taking a long term view
Managing change within your business
Sometimes it helps to get an external view, we are never going to know your business as well as you do, but we do understand business and that's where we can help. Having the benefit of a different perspective we can add real value to your plans, giving you information and advice on key areas and helping you make the right decisions at the right time.
How we can help
The Economic Growth Team offers a range of services to businesses that are looking to expand, as well as assisting business that are considering relocating into South Tyneside.
If you're an existing business in South Tyneside with expansion plans or ideas, then view the services we can offer below. Alternatively, please get in touch with us, in confidence, to find out how we can help you.
The Council can advise on the potential sources of financial assistance to help businesses that are planning expansion projects or considering locating to South Tyneside.
Finding premises and land:
As well as having local knowledge of the area, the Council can provide details of properties and employment land available through private agents and its own commercial property portfolio. We can provide tailored listing of available properties as well as arranging viewings.
The Council can play a co-ordination and supporting role in recruiting the right people for your business. We can potentially help companies who are taking on new staff with pre-employment training, recruitment and advertising of vacancies.
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The Council can provide support to organisations that are making redundancies by bringing together agencies that specialise in careers advice.
Supply South Tyneside:
Supply South Tyneside is a free service that helps local businesses, identify, bid for and win new business.
The South Tyneside Business Forum is the Business Champion of the area. Registration is free and open to any business in South Tyneside. Members benefit from gaining knowledge and information on what's important to business locally, having their say on local issues, access greater support from agencies and other businesses, benefit from collaboration and networking opportunities.
The Forum holds regular meetings and events, ranging from inter-trading business fairs, to open forum meetings to an annual Business Dinner. It also runs sector groups in Construction and Retail & Tourism, specialising in issues relating to these sectors, and has a strategic partnership with the South Tyneside Business Network to offer regular networking meetings.
A business resource that UK Trade and Investment launched in 2012 is Open to Export. It is a community based business service aimed at small and medium sized enterprises, with the goal of enabling businesses to export overseas and increase international trade.