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Accredited Energy Assessor DomesticEnergy Assessors are responsible for carrying out tasks related to the new energy efficiency measures. This will include producing certificates and reports in accordance with the National Calculation Methodology.Energy, Assessment, DEA, EPCEnergy Assessors are responsible for carrying out tasks related to the new energy efficiency measures. This will include producing certificates and reports in accordance with the National Calculation Methodology.

Independent conveyancing services focus on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC). The EPC is required by European legislation, and is part of the government's plans to help lower carbon emissions, as buildings in the UK produce more than half of the emissions produced.

In addition to being a DEA to produce EPC, there is also the option to possibly train to be as assessor/qualification approval centre.

City & Guilds offer courses linked to training as an energy assessor which is essential to work in this sector. For more information see http://www.cityandguilds.com.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in energy assessment or related field such as building services design, energy management, or building surveying and assessments.

Accreditation is required, see www.direct.gov.uk and City & Guilds for further information.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110.
Acoustics ConsultantThis opportunity takes a look at operating an acoustics consultancy service. As an acoustics engineer, the aim of the service is to investigate, regulate and control the noises and vibrations that may be present in both domestic and commercial property.acoustics, sound, consultancyThis service could be targeted towards a number of different sectors such as noise pollution in both domestic and commercial properties, construction, and being involved in media or professional venues where sound/acoustics plays in important role.

Services and skills depend on the type of services offered or specialised in but general duties may include:

Investigating and monitoring the sound insulation of buildings to ensure they meet certain building regulations.
Carry out tests to businesses to ensure the companies comply with Noise at Work Act.
Work with builders and architects to give guidance on sound insulation required.

In order to operate in this industry it is generally expected you to have a degree-level qualification in a relevant area such as acoustics, construction, environmental science, mechanical engineering. It may be helpful to specialise in a particular area. This can be gained by completing a postgraduate diploma through the Institute of Acoustics (IOA).

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk
Actuarial ServicesThis service looks at operating an actuary service within North Tyneside. Actuaries evaluate, manage and advise on financial risks. They apply their knowledge of business and economics, together with their understanding of probability theory, statistics and investment theory, to provide strategic, commercial and financial advice.Finance, statisticsThe service will be freelance, so there is no need for premises costs, targeting businesses that may be looking into new markets or would like a consultant to assess their current financial prospects by using mathematical statistics and looking at economic factors to help solve potential business problems.

Actuaries can operate in different specialisms and advice on matters such as pensions or investments and business strategy, for example. A typical service offered to customers can include:

Looking at statistical data, including previous company information available, and using economic information to assess and calculate performance etc.
Assess risks
Future forecasts
Provide a report for management detailing findings
Help implement change

Typical clients to target include insurance providers, and accountants as well as looking to target companies that are looking to grow/expand with a free lance consultancy service.

In order to operate as an actuary, you must qualify as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. For further information refer to The Actuarial Profession - www.actuaries.org.uk.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are skilled in statistics and working with numbers.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk
AcupunctureTreatment techniques to relieve pain, and help with recovery from injuries, clients can be from private appointments of GP referrals.
Acupuncture, Alternative TherapiesA move towards statutory regulation helped by research from The British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) can help increase confidence and build reputation of the acupuncture market
Acupuncture Therapy ServicesThis opportunity gives information on operating as an acupuncturist within North Tyneside.Acupuncture, TherapyAcupuncturists use an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine to help relieve their clients' problems/symptoms. This method involves inserting very fine stainless steel needles into key pressure points on the body, with the aim of regulating the healing process and restoring health and energy.

As an acupuncturist, typical client work will include:

When your client arrives you will need to take a detailed history
Be able to ask questions and highlight issues surrounding their symptoms, lifestyle and emotional responses to situations
Use your decision skills to make a decision on a course of action or diagnosis
Insert needles according to the level of stimulation required.

In order to set up as an acupuncturist, you will be required to take training to ensure that you work accurately and safely with clients. Training consists of an in-depth training course (usually around three years full-time or the part-time equivalent).

Acupuncture is currently unregulated; however, you could work towards membership of a professional body, such as the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC). For further information on this please see www.acupuncture.org.uk

Why is this an opportunity?
Acupuncture is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and there are now over 2000 acupuncturists registered with the BAcC.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fitness/Health.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk
Advertising, Media ConsultancyThis opportunity takes a look at operating an advertising and media planning service. As a media planner, the service aims at making sure that advertising campaigns are seen by as many people as possible.Advertising, Media, Marketing,Planning a marketing strategy in terms of media/advertising it is important to work with clients to determine:
What is the purpose of the message?
Who are the target audience?
How do you reach them? is it through written press, online, TV, radio, billboards etc.

It is important to have knowledge and do thorough research into the target audience to make sure these people are being reached so research skills can be important, along with knowledge of new technologies etc.

It is also important to have a good relationship with the media and to build relationships with advertising and marketing agencies who may use these services on a sub-contract basis if they don't have these skills in-house.

In order to operate as a media planner there is no legal requirement to have formal qualifications, though having degrees etc in related subjects such as communications or marketing may help demonstrate capabilities.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk
Aerial PhotographyAerial Photography Services on a freelance basis, operating with both domestic clients and commercial clientsPhotography, PR, Party, wedding, corporate event
Photography services specialising in aerial shots, for both personal occasions such as wedding, etc or for corporate purposes.

To get ideas of market size and demand there are 6,000 + businesses in North Tyneside and more throughout the region who possibly could use services, in addition to marketing and PR companies who could be targeted who may outsource this type of service.
Affiliate MarketingGiving advice on how affiliate marketing works, and how it can benefit website traffic, and how this links in with other methods of internet marketing strategies.
Marketing, Website, e-marketingThis can be targeted towards businesses within North Tyneside and within the North East but given the nature of the type of service this could be supplied online throughout the UK.

Linking in with Web developers and offering these services as a bolt on to their services.
After School ClubOffering a after school club service to care for children from 3pm till 5pm
Childcare, Tutoring, Children ActivitiesThis would benefit people who work full time 9 am till 5 pm and aren’t able to arrange childcare individually during this time.

These clubs can also be educational and learning clubs or fun activities depending on the demand
Agricultural Machinery SupplyThis opportunity takes a look at the supply and servicing of agricultural machinery supply.Agricultural, Retail, EngineeringAn agricultural engineering service means the installation, servicing and selling of agricultural and horticultural machinery to customers and the aftercare servicing that customer's need going forward, typical products for example can include tractors and logging equipment.

There are 2 main areas that the service can focus in, these being: supply of products, service and repair.

Dependent on the types of products that are to be sold, which will be linked to the costs involved, the range of products can include large equipment such as tractors, Hay balers, Plough's, sprayers, cutters or smaller equipment such as electric fencing, animal clippers or garden machinery equipment.

The Servicing and repair services offered could cover; making maintenance checks on electrical, electronic, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, installing machinery on site, inspecting and testing equipment, training machine operatives and agricultural workers.

Thought there is no legal obligation to have qualifications to sell this equipment, customers will expect companies that supply these equipments to have specialist knowledge.

In order to carry out testing and servicing, knowledge and qualifications to carry out such work will be needed. For further information please see British Agricultural & Garden Machinery Association - www.bagma.com

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk
Air Conditioning ServicesFitting & Servicing of Air Conditioning units
Air Conditioning, Ventilation, Installation, ServicingBoth the fitting of the units and the servicing of the units to both commercial and public sectors, ranging from retail to manufacturing sectors, etc.

Possible tendering opportunities may be an area to target

For more information please visit HVCA website (Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association) at http://www.hvca.org.uk/
Airbrush TattooistThese services can include temporary tattoos and nail art.Beauty, Nail ArtThese services can include temporary tattoos and nail art.

Barriers to entry are relatively low given the nature of the business. Based out of studio or on a mobile basis to customers homes or in exhibitions/festivals etc where they may be a large volume of people interested.

To provide a service based in a studio or on a mobile basis where you will be providing temporary body art services and nail art. May be suited to be part of a range of beauty treatments due to potential demand solely of this.

This opportunity could be more suited to be operated on a freelance basis and have guest ad-hoc services in beauty salons and other tattoo studios.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk
Alarm SystemFitting and Servicing of Alarm/Security System
Alarm, Security SystemsFitting and servicing of both domestic alarm systems, and potentially more complex commercial alarm systems with features such as CCTV and Access Control with possible ongoing security support with alerts etc.

Having accreditation such as NSI (NACOSS)Intruder Alarm Approved Installer can help reputation and along with things such as being ISO accredited can help if bidding for tender opportunities within this sector.

For more information refer to www.nsi.org.uk - The National Security Inspectorate
Alexander Technique PracticeThis opportunity takes a look at offering private practice of Alexander Technique within North Tyneside. This service is showing people how to develop their posture and coordination which long term can help people bring about improvements in their physical fitness and general health.therapy, alternative therapyThe service will be working with clients on a one-to-one basis to try and relieve any problems they have such as:
Back and neck ache/pain
Tension
Breathing
Posture and balance
Improve flexibility

In order to operate a private practice you will need to attend qualification run by The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT), the Professional Association of Alexander Teachers (PAAT) and the Interactive Teaching Method (ITM) in order to train as a practitioner. During training, areas of study include anatomy, science of movement etc. after this training practical work training can be undertaken before joining professional bodies.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk
Alteration ServiceClothing alterations
Clothing, Alterations, seamstressClothing alterations serviced this can be based from homes or in a workshop services carried out may include replacing, zips, hems or shortening leg sizes.
Animal Bedding SupplyThis opportunity looks at the supply of animal bedding to pet/animal owners within North Tyneside.Animal, Bedding, SupplyThis opportunity looks at the supply of animal bedding to pet/animal owners within North Tyneside. This based from a retail location within North Tyneside an Animal Bedding supplier/retail unit.

There are several types of bedding used; Straw is the most popular followed by wood shavings, then paper and finally rubber mats. The bedding selected should provide a clean, dry environment.

This could provide a good opportunity given the amount of money that is spent on animals with a potential gap in the market within the North East.

Although no official statistics are available, previous information released from National Recycling Awards suggested that using processed wood as a bedding material for horses accounts for a major part of the £90 million bedding market. The use of recycled wood in supplying the animal bedding market has increased the potential for recycling more wood waste, while replacing UK and imported wood shavings. Additionally it is easily disposed of by natural degradation.
Animal Physiotherapy ServicesThis opportunity looks at setting up an Animal Physio service within North Tyneside.Animal, Healthcare, PhysioThis opportunity looks at setting up an Animal Physio service within North Tyneside. As an animal physiotherapist or veterinary physiotherapist, you would assess and treat animals with injuries or movement problems.

You would only be legally allowed to carry out treatment for diagnosed conditions or injuries if animals are referred by (or with the permission of) a veterinary surgeon.

Within the service, treatments will be mainly for horses and dogs, including both pets and 'working animals', such as race horses and greyhounds. However, you could also work with other animals such as cats and farm animals in some cases.
Antique Furniture StoreAntique furniture storeantique, retail, furnitureThis opportunity takes a look at operating an antique furniture store based in the North Tyneside Area. In store you will find antique furniture and antiques for sale.

In addition to selling antiques, you might offer services such as restoring antiques or antiques consulting. Antique furniture can range from size to price but remains popular amongst customers of all ages so there is opportunities to retail these types of products.
Antiques DealerAntique Dealer operating within the North Tyneside area, retailing fine art, antiques and collectables.Art, AntiquesAntique Dealer operating within the North Tyneside area, retailing fine art, antiques and collectables.

Buying and selling art and antiques, specialising in ceramics, glass, paintings, sculpture, clocks, books.

There is scope to sell goods in either a retail location within North Tyneside, or online. This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type.

The highlight products currently being sold it may be worth having things such as catalogs showcasing goods, using social media to promote products, and listing on websites such as LAPADA (an association for professional dealers - www.lapada.org) who regularly list any antique fairs and exhibitions, and list to be searched for under dealers section. There is even a LAPADA iPhone app to make finding dealers easier.

If importing and exporting art there are various laws to be aware of. For more information please enquire within The Business Factory.

For sources of further information about industry changes, tips, and advice The British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA) will be useful. To find local auction houses in order to buy or research potential stock, go to National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers - www.nava.org.uk.
APP DevelopersDevelopment of Mobile Phone Applications
Applications, IPOD, IPAD, Mobile TechnologyHow to get started: This will depend on having the required programming skills and the hardware required.

You will need to purchase the hardware if necessary and if programming is not possible then either a partner or sub contractor will have to be found to work with, and join the iOS Developer Programme, which starts from $99/year (http://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/) if looking to develop applications for Apple devices.

Once you have all the equipment and expertise to actually develop applications, it must be decided how to target customers. One way could be to look at fashionable trends and games targeting the consumer market, thinking of creative ideas that will stand out from the crowd and attract customers. Alternatively, businesses can be targeted to develop apps from their products or services as part of their marketing; this can be both North Tyneside businesses and nationally depending on demand. Alternatively marketing companies can be targeted who may be interested in offering these services to their clients and subcontract the work to you.

Once an app is developed, in order to sell through the Apple iStore it needs to be approved through apple before the listing can appear in there. At this stage it is vitally important to market and promote the app to stand out from the competition. This could be done by using social media and networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook and write blogs and approach other blogs for reviews and e-magazines to try and make as many people aware of the app as possible.

When targeting the consumer market, it must be decided whether to sell the app or offer it as a free download. To offer the app as a free download and to be profitable you will need to sell advertising within the app or offer it as a ‘lite’ version, which is a basic version of the app encouraging users to purchase the full version should they like it.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.
ArboriculturistArboriculturist servicesArbolculturist, tree surgeonArboriculturist services are the maintenance of trees. Making sure trees in parks and conservation areas are managed, maintained and kept in a safe condition.

Service may include:

• Estimating costs on areas that you have identified as needing work carried out
• Record the number of trees on certain sites and complete detailed surveys on their condition
• Make decisions on work and whether requires pruning, lopping, planting or tansplanting
• Respond to complaints made about individual trees, if these have become dangerous etc
• Deal with insurance claims or property issues
• Checking legislation and making sure that these meet the required level

Why is this an opportunity?
There could possibly be the opportunity to provide these services for private customers and on a public tender basis.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in outdoors. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

Communicating Effectively, this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer's problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

Making Decisions, in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

Research Skills, in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.
Aromatherapy ServicesProviding Aromatherapy services within North Tyneside.Aromatherapy, Alternative Therapy, HealthcareThis opportunity looks at Aromatherapy Services within North Tyneside. Based from a retail location, services include a range of massage therapies on the premises, specialising in Aromatherapy massage. There could also be consultation with clients, with aromatherapy blends mixed for customers to purchase.

Aromatherapy is the use aromatic oils from herbs, flowers, trees, spices or fruit to help improve a clients' sense of wellbeing and relieve symptoms of ill health.
Art & Bespoke Design ServicesTattoo Design Service
Tattoo, Design, ArtOffering a bespoke design service for clients, selling from a catalog of designs online, and targeting tattoo artists/studios to sell work.

Requests can also be submitted via website for bespoke work.
Art Supplies RetailRetail of art and graphic supplies, craft materials and educational equipment from a location in North Tyneside and online.Retail, Art & Craft, SupplyRetail of art and graphic supplies, craft materials and educational equipment from a location in North Tyneside and online.

Product range includes paints, paintbrushes, canvas, easels, calligraphy sets, books and various other equipment such as protractors and compasses etc.

There can also be gift sets that can be sold in store or online. To differentiate from other suppliers it may be an opportunity to retail recycled materials.
Art Therapy ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at running an art therapy service, based from within North Tyneside.Art, Alternative, TherapyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Art therapists use art as a way of helping people to express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities.

The service is not teaching art, and the clients that use the service do not need to be skilled artists or even artistic. The aim of the service is to encourage clients to use art techniques as a expression, and to experiment with a range of materials such as painting or using craft supplies such as paper, paint, clay, plasticine – any material that helps clients express themselves and to help this be a form of therapy to help work through emotions and feelings.

These services can be delivered in group sessions, one-to-one sessions and can be delivered to people of all ages and backgrounds.

In order to operate a service as an art therapist, there is a need to complete a postgraduate diploma approved by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). Once you have qualified, you need to register with the Health Professions Council (HPC).

Organisations such as British Association of Art Therapists - www.baat.org will be good places to refer to regarding further information.

Why is this an opportunity?
Art therapy isn’t as widely offered as other therapies. No other services obviously offered within North Tyneside.

Positives
Art therapy isn’t as widely offered as other therapies.

Negatives
May rely on funding

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Healthcare/social care

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in arts/crafts and working with people. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Arts & Crafts StallSelling a range of craft products at local/national craft fair/markets.art, craft, fairs, marketsThere are numerous craft fairs and fair organisers in the North East, predominantly Newcastle. This could present an opportunity for people looking to turn hobbies into a business, and sell some of their work.
Arts and Crafts Partiesart and craft parties within the North Tynesidearts, craftsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Setting up art and craft parties within the North Tyneside Area targeting people of all ages. Encouraging people to be creative.

If you're crafty and you like working with your hands, then home craft parties might be the right choice for you. These art and craft parties can be hosted in your own home or at the home of another host and you sell crafts and other goodies that you make.

As well as selling the items that you have made you could also market lessons to friends, relatives, coworkers, neighbors and friends of friends. Teach the group something you're good at, such as quilting, basket making or pottery painting.

At the party, you give a short lesson explaining how to make the craft. Each guest then receives a basket that includes everything they need, to make the same craft. You're on hand, to help them figure out the intricacies and work on their own version. Customers get your knowledge and expertise, as well as a gift to take home after the party.

Positives
Unlike other home businesses where you earn a percentage of your sales, a home craft party puts the money back in your pocket. With home business party crafts, everything above your costs is pure profit.

Negatives
A craft artist will have to work hard, and match their creative talents with a passion for handcrafting a successful business and reputation within the industry

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Arts & Crafts. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.


Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Audio RetailA retail store based in North Tyneside that is a specialist for Audio and HiFi equipment and accessories etcAudio, Equipment, RetailThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

A retail store based in North Tyneside that is a specialist for Audio and HiFi equipment and accessories etc

In order to differentiate from other audio stores based in the area this store will sell a wide range of accessories.

In addition to having a retail presence, an online presence could open up the target market from local customers to potentially UK or further depending on supply/demand.

Why is this an opportunity?
According to Yell.com there are 3 providers of Audio-Visual equipment, but these are predominantly based in trading estates so there maybe an opportunity to provide products from a retail location where footfall will be better.

Positives
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Would find competition from shops that already sell these items in the area such as chain stores and supermarkets that sell wide range of products, but don’t specialise in these products. Customers are price sensitive.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Retail.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Music & technological products. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having an ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, UK wide, or even worldwide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Auditing ServicesAccounting services, specialising in Auditing
Auditing, Accounts, Business Services, Stock-takeServices can include formal audit certificates, statutory audits, verification of data and voluntary audit, and internal audits
Auto Electrical ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at operating an auto electrician service within North Tyneside. This service involves repairing, troubleshooting and upgrading motor vehicle electrical systems.Electrician, vehicle repairThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Auto electricians fit and repair a wide variety of electrical and electronic systems and accessories in motor vehicles. As vehicles become more advanced the amount of electronic system in them is increasing, which in turn increases demand.

Though cars are usually repaired by mechanics, if the fault is with a part that requires electrical power then auto electricians would carry this work out. This can include working on devices such as electronic ignitions, alarms, security devices, electric windows, mirrors, air conditioning etc.

The service could specialise in smaller vehicles such as cars, or larger vehicles such as bus, lorries or caravans and trailers.

Main services can include:
• Investigating faults
• Repair and replace of electrical faults
• Inspecting electrical wiring
• Test the electronic system

In order to operate as a auto electrician, you will need to be experienced in this industry due to the specialist nature of the work. There are entry level qualifications such as City and Guilds NVQs in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair. For further information regarding becoming an auto electrician, please refer to The Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) - www.automotivetechnician.org.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
Modern day cars are increasingly using electrical systems for power, which may present more opportunities for repair.

Positives
Modern cars and accessories are increasingly relying on electric systems.

Negatives
A lot of the work may be on a sub-contract basis from local garages who have to bring in auto electrician as they don’t have the expertise in house.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Driving/logistics

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Cars/bikes. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Baby Products RetailRetail of baby clothing and accessories from a retail unit within Wallsend.Baby Products, Retail, Retail of baby clothing and accessories from a retail unit within Wallsend.

Selling products such as clothing, toys, prams, highchairs and other accessories etc. Amongst stock could be bespoke design and making of clothing service to some clients.

In addition to the retail unit, there could be the possibility to retail items online to broaden the target market potentially.
Baby Sitting ServiceBaby Sitting Services within North Tyneside caring for babies and small children, either in their own home or in carers home for an agreed period of timeBaby Sitting, ChildcareNorth Tyneside have a population of 191,000 with 19% being 15 year old or under meaning there are approx 36,000 children within North Tyneside which can be targeted according to 2006 Census statistics
Bag SuppliesHighlighted by a local SME who feel there is an opportunity highlighted specifically for budget carrier bags.Packaging, Bag, SupplyThis opportunity is a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. This engagement is aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Highlighted by a local cash and carry that they source a supply of carrier bags out of NT but would source locally depending on the price. Opportunity highlighted specifically for budget carrier bags.

Why this is an opportunity
Potentially there are a huge number of retailers that require carrier bags, and this can range from budget carrier bags that a lot of retailers may require to keep costs as low as possible. A local North Tyneside SME has highlighted that they currently buy carrier bags outside of the region due to price. They are looking for a suppler if budget carrier bags closer to, and preferably in, North Tyneside.

There may be a need for some to have better quality bags, and therefore a higher cost. There may also be the scope to supply things such as personalised bags, and bags made from recyclable material etc.

Positives
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Potential difficulty competing with overseas providers who have low production costs and therefore can keep their supply costs low. Research into competition and the specific needs of potential customers is therefore very important.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:
•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.
•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials. Communication is also very important in order to fully understand the customers’ needs and find the right solution that fits them. In this case the opportunity highlighted by this local SME is specifically for budget carrier bags.
•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. It is also worth having ongoing research into competition.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Bakery TrainingRun training coursesBaking, training, foodThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Run training courses targeted people who are looking to become a highly trained baker. A local sme has stated they feel there is a gap in the market for there to be a facility where individuals can go and learn a wide range of bakery skills to help up skill people looking to operate self employed as a bakery within North Tyneside and beyond should the people wish. Training can be carried out onsite and maybe an opportunity for an existing bakery, or there may be the opportunity for this to run independently from a suitable public location.

Why is this an opportunity?
During sme engagements, this training has been mentioned on 2 separate occasions as something that is missing locally. These SME’s themselves are an experienced baker and feel they would have benefitted from such training.

Positives
Training can be onsite or from a fixed location that is suitable to deliver these types of services. Has been highlighted by a local SME. Bakery's are still a popular retail option.

Negatives
Chain bakeries are large competitors, particularly within this region. Local colleges do offer these kinds of services, and there are various training courses available around cooking.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Food & Drink
• Teaching/education/training/languages

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in cooking and in particular baking. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:
• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.
• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Balloon ArtistThis opportunity takes a look at operating as a freelance entertainer, specialising in Balloon art.Entertainment, BalloonThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at operating as a freelance entertainer, specialising in Balloon art.
A balloon artist creates sculptures from balloons. These sculptures can range from individual gifts for party guests to large-scale models for exhibitions or special functions. These types of services can be carried out for a range of different events, ranging from the more traditional demand of children’s parties, corporate events, and for decorative purposes for a range of other children’s/adult functions.

In order to operate as a balloon artist, training is very important. Not only will it help you to perfect your modeling skills, but professional training will also give valuable information about health and safety procedures, including inflation techniques and how to deal with helium and gas. The National Association of Balloon Artists and Suppliers (NABAS) (www.nabas.co.uk) can provide details about accredited training courses.

Why is this an opportunity?
The range of events that these services can be used for is vast, with demand particularly high during summer months.

Positives
This opportunity can be flexible and fit around another job or commitment.

Negatives
Flexibility is needed and this may require the bulk of work taking place on evenings and weekends.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Arts & Crafts. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Basketball CampRunning a Basketball Camp within North Tyneside ranging from young and/or beginner to intermediary classes
Basketball, Sports, Training Based out of community/sports centres or outdoor courts, delivering basketball training to children

May be particularly popular during the summer school holidays where everyday one-on-one development can be delivered.
Bathroom Suites & Accessories RetailRetail of Bathrooms and Accessoriesretail, batthroom, Home ImprovementThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This retail store will supply Bathroom suites and accessory, based from a suitable location within North Tyneside. The service can include:
• Measuring service
• Free bathroom design both in store and at home
• Advice and guidance
• Delivery of bathroom
• Installation of bathroom & disposal of packaging

Independent stored that sell these types of products really rely on excellent customer services to make customers shopping experience enjoyable, as a lot of chain stores can be very competitive on price and availability.

The retail store will supply items like below:
• Electric showers
• Baths
• Toilets
• Sinks
• Mixer taps
• Decorative heating

As well as having a retail store, these items will also be available to purchase through an online store.

There are no formal qualifications required to operate this type of business but experience of these types of products to properly advise customers.

Why is this an opportunity?
There are potentially 2 different types of customers to target:
- A lot of people are looking to improve their home as either an alternative to moving house or the make their home more attractive to purchase during the housing slump.
- And new home purchases where people are looking to renovate.

Positives
The bathroom products market had an estimated value of around £744 million at Manufacturers Selling Prices (MSP) in 2009, by 2014 the market value is forecast to be around £859 million at MSP.

Negatives
Major Chain stores are competition and can sell at competitive prices as they buy in bulk.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in home improvement and have knowledge of bathrooms. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Battery SupplySupply of batteries for both domestic and commercial consumers.Battery, Power, SupplyThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

A local SME commented recently that they would benefit from a local supplier in North Tyneside of specialised and bespoke battery supply. The sector in which they require would be for manufacturing company’s machinery and remote operated products that require a power supply in remote location.

There is the possibility to also generally sell batteries for consumer use, but the service will specialise in bespoke building and supplying of battery packs.

Trade associations are good sources of industry information. For further information on the battery sector, organisations such as The Rechargeable Battery Association - www.prba.org and Battery Vehicle Society (BVS) - www.batteryvehiclesociety.org.uk

Why is this an opportunity?
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Positives
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

There are potential growth areas with development and focus on things such as Electric Vehicles etc

Negatives
Set up costs may be high, specialist area.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have knowledge of batteries. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Specialised in providing these types of services given the level of expertise required.

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Beauty Proceduresnon surgical costmetic procedures based out of a beauty salon
Beauty Procedures, Botox, AestheticsTreatments available can include procedures such as Teeth Whitening/bleeching, chemical peels, other skin treatments such as collagen injections, etc.

For more information please refer to The Association for Facial Aesthetics www.the-face.co.uk regarding accreditations etc.
Beauty Products RetailSelling beauty products locally.cosmetics, online, B2BThere is a large potential customer base with NT business with large numbers of employees, and also selling products online.
Bespoke Poetry Writing for Special OccasionsTo provide a bespoke poetry writing service for special occasions. This could also include public speeches for weddings and other special occasions etc.PoetryThis opportunity was deposited to The Business Factory ideas bank by a North Tyneside resident as a perceived gap in the market within NT.

To provide a bespoke poetry writing service for special occasions. This could also include public speeches, along with special appearances, weddings etc.

This can be more of an additional service or a working from home opportunity as due to the unpredictability of demand, it may be difficult to base as a full time business in its own right, but as a additional income could become popular if links with right people are made.

Why is this an opportunity?
The greeting card market is a sector that continues to remain large in terms of turnover. A area of growth is hand made greeting cards so there maybe opportunities to provide services to card makers.

Positives
Hand made greeting cards market showing growth.

Negatives
Unpredictability of demand.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in poetry and creative writing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

•Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

•Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Working to deadlines – services will be expected to be carried out within a greed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Interest and enjoyment of creative working

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Bespoke Soft FurnishingTo provide a service to design and manufacture made to measure home furnishing. This can include curtains and other home furnishing manufacturing.
Home Furnishing, CurtainsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This opportunity is looking at retail of bespoke soft furnishing for predominantly the home. This includes a service to design and manufacture made to measure home soft furnishing including curtains, cushions, covers and other home furnishing manufacturing.

This opportunity can be based from a retail unit where orders can be taken from a range of different materials and made to measure available for pick up after an agreed period of time. Alternatively, this service and be ran in addition online where customers can choice from available materials to enter their desired sizes and orders can be posted out within an agreed time period.

Why is this opportunity?
People will pay more for bespoke products, that are manufactured exactly as people ask according to research.

Positives
With products such as curtains, on some properties made to measure products are required as standard sizing may not fit due to different sizing of rooms, e.g. older properties tend to have higher ceilings than new build homes.

Possible pitfalls:
This sector is closely linked to the housing sector and therefore can be affected by changes that have an adverse affect on the home furnishings market potentially. Customers can be price sensitive so the pricing is very important; people are more inclined to pay for higher quality and unusual design. Research into demand and competition is very important.

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in home soft furnishings and are quite creative to help discuss with customers what they require. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

•Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials. Customers may look to staff for guidance and recommendations so communications and knowledge is important.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services managing stock levels can be important.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Is with most products in retail customers tastes change so researching the latest ‘fashions’ can be a good way of differentiating from competition.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Bicycle Repair ShopOffering a comprehensive bicycle repair service based in North Tyneside. This service will offer a professional repair and bike building service for all bicycles.Bicycle, RepairThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Offering a comprehensive bicycle repair service based in North Tyneside. This service will offer a professional repair and bike building service for all bicycles.

Services include a puncture repair, bike check of brakes and gears, and retail a full range of replacement parts and accessories.

To help make the service unique, customers could be offered things such as same-day servicing, repair and return. Courtesy bikes could also be offered as part of the service offer.

There are no specific skills that you require to set up a Bicycle Repair Shop however it will help if you understand bikes well and know how to fix specific problems.

The bicycle repair shop needs to be somewhere busy and within easy access to the public. The shop needs to be a workable size to fit in bikes and the equipment that you require for working on the bikes.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is an opportunity that was highlighted by a local member of the North Tyneside Community as something they feel is lacking locally and is a service they themselves would purchase.

Positives
Easy access rather than having to buy a new bike this could be fixed.

Negatives
Could be costly to set up and get all the required accessories and equipment.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in aren Domestic Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in bikes and Fitness/Health. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Biodiesel CooperativeIndependent biodiesel cooperative providing renewable fuel alternatives to people within the North Tyneside area.Biofuel, DieselThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Biodiesel fuel is manufactured by processing Renewable Resources such as soybean, canola, algae, or oils such as vegetable or animal fat oils.

Biodiesel is meant to be used in standard diesel engines and is thus distinct from the vegetable and waste oils used to fuel converted diesel engines. Biodiesel can be used alone, or blended with petro diesel and can also be used as a low carbon alternative to heating oil.

This service will offer delivery and distribute biodiesel fuel throughout the North Tyneside area and beyond. There is the potential to target local transport companies who will use large amounts of fuel and may be interested in cutting fuel costs.

It is worth checking with local councils to inform them of the intention to produce bidiesel and make sure that fuel produced is within British Standards and specifications, which is BS EN 14214. for further information on testing and standards www.biofueltesting.com/specifications maybe a useful website.

What is needed:
In order to start producing biodiesel, equipment and storage of this is required. These include biodiesel processors, processing equipment and ancillary kits. Typical pricing can range from £1,300 for a 90 litre tank and £13,000 for a 2000 litres tank.

Why is this an opportunity?
A lot of diesel engines can use biodiesel without modifications needed, so there is a potential for large demand, especially given the rising fuel costs.

Positives
Biodiesel gives off less new carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, therefore more environmentally friendly.

Negatives
Set-up costs can be expensive.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Health, safety & environmental
•Domestic Services
•Business Services

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in fuel, and motor vehicles. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
BlacksmithThis opportunity takes a look at a blacksmith service based from within North Tyneside.Blacksmith, Metal Work, ForgemasterThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Blacksmiths shape and join a range of different metals such steel, wrought iron, copper etc.
Blacksmiths can make both practical items such as gates, railings, tools, furniture as well as artistic and sculpture work as well as restoring older metal works.

Blacksmiths usually will specialise in a specific area; these can include:
• Industrial work - to help make tools and parts of machinery, or security etc
• Practical home items such as gates, railings and furniture
• Artistic work - artistic and sculpture work, which may include some practical home work as well.

Customers can be both domestic and industrial, depending on the specialism. In order to find work there can be complimentary businesses that may sub-contract services out, as well as domestic customers who commission work.

As well as having a retail outlet for customer’s to visit, there could also be an opportunity of having a website to promote the business, and take orders.

In order to set up as a blacksmith you can complete college courses to become a blacksmith, or have previous workplace experience where knowledge has been gained working alongside a skilled blacksmith.
For further information please see British Artist Blacksmiths Association (BABA) - www.baba.org.uk

Why is this an opportunity?
Work can come from a range of different areas including manufacturing companies and other sectors which may require metal work, private customers etc.

Positives
Can be a creative service, and work can be on a sub-contract basis. According to Yell.com there currently isn’t any Blacksmiths & Forgemasters operating in North Tyneside.

Negatives
Skilled sector which requires experience

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in metal works. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Blinds & AwningsInstallation of blinds and awnings to commercial and domestic market, offering a range of different productsBlinds, Awnings, Installation There are 85,000 households, and 6000+ businesses registered in North Tyneside. There may also be public tendering opportunities additionally. Being part of organisations such British Blind and Shutters Association (BBSA) can help build credibility. See www.bbsa.org.uk for more information
Blocked Drain ServiceUnblocking of domestic and commercial drains.
Drain, Call-Out Services, MaintenanceHaving an emergency call out service within North Tyneside and agreed areas within the region.

Regular maintenance of drains, and carrying out preventative measures is also other services that can be carried out
Body PiercerThis opportunity looks at operating a body piercing shop from within North Tyneside.Piercing, Body ArtThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

As a body piercer, you would pierce various parts of your clients' bodies with a needle or piercing gun and then insert different types of jewellery and metal as a form of decoration.

Typical duties that will be involved in this service include:

• Discuss client’s needs and give advice and guidance on this.
• Explain the nature and risks of piercings
• Must ensure the working area and jewellery is clean and steralised
• Explain and carry out the procedure
• Dispose of the needle following health and safety guidelines

Research into the service and location will be very important. Location of the premised, like a lot of retail, is important to be easy access for customers and to be in a location to attract passing trade. It is also important to understand who are most likely to be potential customers. According to research, this is likely to be people aged between 18 to 30 years old, so being located in areas close to this age group is important e.g a university. You can also place your body piercing business near other establishments that may draw people that are interested in body piercing. An example of this could be that a lot of body piercing places are located near tattoo parlours.

In order to train to become a body piercer you will need to do an apprenticeship due to health risks associated with piercing. You can do short training courses run by private studios throughout the country. However, it is not possible to become a fully trained body piercer by this route, and it is recommended by the industry that you do an apprenticeship.

Why is this an opportunity?
It can be a very hard industry to work out a niche in; there is already an over saturation of body piercers in most areas, to become a body piercer, you have to complete an apprenticeship which can take years to complete and cost you money

Positives
Piercing remains popular, and is fashionable across a range of different age groups.

Negatives
Experience is recommended as it can be a very hard industry to work out a niche in; there is already an over saturation of body piercers in most areas, to become a body piercer, you have to complete an apprenticeship which can take years to complete.


Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in fashion. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Bouncy Castle HireTo offer a service where inflatables can be hired for personal and corporate events.Events, Parties, Inflatables, Bouncy Castle, HireRental of Bouncy Castles and other inflatable equipment to both private parties and corporate functions.

Bouncy castles are used widely locally at events such as community/fundraising and private parties.

With summer approaching there will be a good demand for these items.
Brick Rendering ServicesRendering of brick work, targetting both the domestic and commercial property sectors.
Home Improvement, Rendering, Maintenace, BuildingOffering services to a range of different types of properties may present a opportunity in the summer where home owners in particular carry out more external work to their properties than at other times of the year.
Bricklayer ServicesThis opportunity looks at operating a bricklaying service based from North Tyneside.Builder, Building ServicesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

The service is to work within the construction industry of both domestic and commercial properties building and repairing walls and brick structures such as chimney stacks, stonework etc.

These service will mainly fall into two area, building from new foundation, or the refurbish of brickwork and masonry on restoration projects.

Services can range from domestic house extensions or changes to property layout/boundaries as well as working on larger commercial development which can be through winning public tendering or on a sub-contract basis.

Typical services include:
• Working from architect plans to help prep foundations and plan job
• Begin building first row of the bricks, ensuring accuracy

There are no formal qualifications required to trade as a bricklayer, but experience and competency will be required and demonstrated to potential clients. In order to gain experience in this sector, general labouring is a good place to start.

Why is this an opportunity?
Latest figures from the National Housebuilding Council, has shown that building projects are starting to increase compared to the same period a year ago, is further indication that the UK’s recovery from recession continues on an upward trend. In addition to new houses being built, a lot of home owners are carrying out improvements.

Positives
Large potential client base in both the domestic and commercial sector

Negatives
Competitive sector

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in manual labour. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Building SurveyorOffering advice on a range of property/construction related issues
Surveyor, Estate agentsSurveying properties for valuations of damages in a full survey report.

Can target both domestic and commercial customers.

Services used by Estate Agencies, Insurance Companies, and Mortgage Lenders, etc.
Business Management Training and MentoringManagement Training and Mentoring services to North Tyneside SME's on a freelance basisConsultancy, Business, ManagementThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

A service targeting businesses within the North Tyneside area, where consultants will visit these businesses to provide advice and training to their employee’s who require additional support and guidance.

Management training is important to companies as they help shape the day-to-day running of the organisation. It may be that leadership development coaching can help, or opportunities to improve people skills. Typical courses offered to clients can include Business Management Courses, Business Management Training Courses and Leadership Development Coaching. Key to the service is understanding how a business is performing and how they operate, development solutions that are the right fit for that business.

Consultancy services targeting SME’s, this can include analysing the business, spending time in the business helping develop internal processes.

In order to demonstrate capabilities to prospective customers, it is important to show capabilities through membership to professional organisations or having testimonials.

Why is this an opportunity?
A lot of companies have policies of promoting from within; in certain circumstances some employees may need additional training specifically around management so they can adjust to their new roles.

Positives
One to one interaction with employees, Flexible working

Negatives
SME’s may struggle to pay consultants when first starting and during times of recession.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Teaching/education/training/languages

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have experience or business consultancy services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Specialised in providing these types of services given the level of expertise required.

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Business registration supportHelping people register the legal form of their businessbusiness, supportThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Helping people register the legal form of their business. Going through and completing this on a one-to-one basis to help fill in forms such as the IN01 forms from Companies House etc. this is a service that depending on the legal; form and the work involved

Why is this an opportunity?
Some people may not want to spend time with a business adviser and run through the business planning stage and process of becoming self employed, but they still make require support with the final stages of setting up.

Positives
With a shift to more online service offers such as Blink, maybe some opportunities to help people who are ready to just run with their idea and need help to register.

Negatives
Enterprise agencies and councils will generally offer a free support.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in helping support people go self employed. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure customers are happy.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Business Research IntelligenceResearch consultancy either sector specific or generalMarket Research, Market IntelligenceOffering a range of services such as competitor analysis, market situational analysis and forecasts. Services can be focussed in one area, for example be a Specialist Researcher in Retail, or research could cover a range of different sectors.

Targeting SME's who maybe don't have research departments, and tendering for public sector work in this area.
Business Security ServicesAssesment and Supply of Business Security
Security, Theft Prevention, ConsultancyConsultancy assesments and online marketing of services including intruder alarm systems, fire & smoke alarms, CCTV, access control systems, assessing employee safety etc
Calibration ServicesSupply of instrument calibration & inspection services.Services, Calibration, InspectionThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at the supply of instrument calibration & inspection services.
Typical instrumentation services could include Electrical, Mechanical, Temperature, Pressure, Torque, Ultrasonic, Acoustic, Air flow, High voltage and Light.

Inspection services can include; First Article Inspection, Dimensional and Visual Inspection, Surface Finish Inspection, Final Inspection .

This will be as service available in the North East with the aim of delivering calibration services to companies within North Tyneside and North East.

Becoming accredited by professional bodies such as UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) can help demonstrate capabilities, and in situations such as the tendering process, these qualifications may be essential.

In order to differentiate from other businesses offering these services there will be different types of calibration services available to be delivered; these are designed to test or enhance the performance of electronic and mechanical equipment.

Different types of calibration services include; Instrument Calibrating Services, Gage Calibrating Services , On-Site Calibrating Services, Laser Calibrating Services, Electronic Calibrating Services, Meter Calibrating Services, Torque Calibrating Services, Force Calibrating Services, Tester Calibrating Services, Thermometer Calibrating Services, Temperature Calibrating Services, Optical Calibrating Services, Pipette Calibrating Services, Control Calibrating Services.

A workspace may be required as a base for employees and to store instrumentation, however most work will be carried out in customers premises.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is something that was identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Positives
Depending in the type of calibration service, these need to be regularly serviced.

Negatives
Start up costs to buy instrumentation can run high.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are experienced in delivering these type of services due to the skilled nature. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

Relevant engineering qualifications are required due to the specialised nature of this opportunity.

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Camping Equipment RentalRental of a wide range of Camping Equipment.Camping, Equipment, Rental, OutdoorsRental of a wide range of Camping Equipment.

This may appeal to people who don't tend to go camping regularly and renting equipment will save the initial outlay of buying all the equipment. Equipment can include tents, travel mattresses, sleeping bags, camp beds, lighting, rucksacks, camping stoves etc.

Maybe suited more as a summer opportunity to the increase in camping throughout these periods and the summer music festivals that takes place up and down the country.
Camping Equipment RetailOnline sales of camping equipment
Camping, Equipment, Retailranging from tents, ground sheets, sleeping bags and portable gas stoves etc. This can be sold from a retail outlet locally, or online to widen the potential customer base.
Car Aircon Installation & ServicingMobile Installation & Servicing of vehicle Air Con systems.Car, Air Con, ServicingMobile Installation & Servicing of vehicle Air Con systems.

Mobile call out to clients home or place of work to service vehicle air conditioning by Recharge, Re-gas and A/C service to cars, vans, truck and agricultural vehicles, part replacement, servicing, leak testing and fault diagnosis.

According to research car air con system can lose up to 15% of it's refrigerant every year.
Car Body WorkshopAutomotive Repair and Styling
Cars, Repairs, MechanicSupplier of services such as damage repair after accidents, in addition to work carried out to the general public.

Possibility to link in with insurance companies, become preffered supplier of services.

Other services include carrying out one-off custom work, including resprays and fittings of body kits etc

For more information refer The Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association - www.vbra.co.uk
Car Salvage and BreakersA car breaker based in North Tyneside who dismantles vehicles to find value in car parts that are in a satisfactory standard or more for re-sale.car parts, salvage, breakersThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

A car breaker based in North Tyneside who dismantles vehicles to find value in car parts that are in a satisfactory standard or more for re-sale.

As well as being a site where customers can visit, we also bring parts to you. This invaluable service enables you to save time, money and effort by linking you directly with the car breakers who sell new and used car parts and deliver them straight to your door.

Accident damaged vehicles may be received in from Insurance companies or may even buy the vehicles privately, or through an auction.

Needs to be within easy access for customers. An alternative could be to retail car parts online. Can be specialised within specific car manufacturers to encourage people to purchase used car parts as an alternative to paying high dealership prices.

Why is this an opportunity?
A car breaker selling car parts that are a satisfactory standard. The company then salvage the car parts that are of re-sale worth and scrap the parts that are damaged.

Nearly 226 thousand cars and more than 15 thousand commercial vehicles were released for dismantling in 2006. This is some 10 thousand fewer than in the previous year. The share of cars aged 16 years and older sold for dismantling grew to 45 percent in 2006. In 2000 this was still only 22 percent. Cars are lasting longer and longer. The demand for used vehicle parts is ever growing.

Positives
cheaper car parts may attract customers who are looking for alternatives to paying dealer prics or who are looking for specific parts.

Negatives
Sometimes difficult to get insurance on a salvage car, scrap yards within the North East and other breakers online are competition.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in motor vehicles and/or mechanics. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online: This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service. Having knowledge of various cars and there parts to help deal with customer enquiries.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Car ValetingProviding a range of Car valeting services within North Tyneside.
Car, Van, Valeting, CleaningAccording to the 2001 Census figures there are 71,748 cars/vans that belong to North Tyneside residents, aside from the vehicles that belong to employees that work out of the 6000+ North Tyneside businesses. Locally North Shields may have a gap in the market with no specialist car valeting services located there. There is competition in the Mobile cleaning, but some of the Industrial estates drainage systems cannot cope with high volume onsite valeting. This could present an opportunity to have a static car wash and valet service with a high volume of traffic coming in and out of North Tyneside daily.
Caravan double glazing serviceCarrying double glazing repair and installation specialising in mobile and static homes.double glazing, caravan, static, homeThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Carrying double glazing repair and installation specialising in mobile and static homes.

Why is this an opportunity?
Caravanning and more local holiday breaks is expected to increase due to the rising costs of foreign holidays.

Potential to install privacy and anti-glare glass.

Positives
Caravanning and domestic holiday breaks could potentially be a growth area due to the rising costs of foreign holidays. There could be potential customers who are looking to improve their current caravan for their own comforts, or for clients that may be looking to improve the appearance for rental purposes.

Negatives
Limited target market

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and have a knowledge of double glazing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc. the majority of work will be on a mobile basis.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning ServiceOperating a carpet cleaning service within North Tyneside.Cleaning, Carpet, UpholsteryThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at an Upholstery Cleaning service within North Tyneside.

A carpet and upholstery cleaner washes, cleans and fragrances carpets and upholstery fabrics soft furnishings.

This service is provided to North East residents and businesses. Commercial work could be targeting some of the 4000+ businesses based in North Tyneside or looking to provide these types of services on a sub-contract basis for other cleaning businesses who may not have the capabilities themselves. Bookings can be taken over telephone and online.

Knowledge of the types of products being cleaned and the types of cleaning products available are important. Keeping up to date with new products may also be important so research skills may be useful.

Trade associations are good sources of information and provide latest industry news and information on accreditations etc. The National Carpet Cleaners Association (NCCA - www.ncca.co.uk) are a key association in this sector and maybe useful.

With services being carried out in the premises of clients, though there may be a need for storage of cleaning equipment, commercial premises may not be required and administration could be carried out from home to help keep set up costs low.

Why is this an opportunity?
These types of services are required to help keep public facing businesses presentable for customers, and also employers have a duty of care to employees so they have a clean place of work.

Positives
This opportunity has been highlighted by a local North Tyneside SME who feel there is a potential gap in the market.

Many people are unable to fit ‘cleaning' into their busy work and social commitments and will therefore use this service

Negatives
Start up costs could be relatively expensive, as will need to buy all the relevant cleaning products, and require transport.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in cleaning. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the services and personal workload to make sure customers are satisfied.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Carpet FitterFitting of flooring in a range of different materials
Flooring, Carpet Fitter, JoineryServices include fitting of carpets, laminate/wood flooring, carpet tiling, vinyl flooring, underlay, and ceramic tiles etc. Offering service either direct to consumers, or by linking in with local retailers to possibly be a associate provider of services. For more information on this sector refer to The National Institute of Carpet & Floor layers - http://www.nicfltd.org.uk/
Cartography ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at being a freelance cartographer.cartrography, mappingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Cartography services produce maps and other detailed geographical charts, surveys and graphs. Services may range from aerial photography to large & small scale mapping.

This work may be commissioned by a number of different customers with maps for everyday, or for detailed mapping that they require for private and public purposes. There can be maps drawn up for specialist purposes that are bespoke to the client. Generic maps that aren’t intended for the purpose are usually available online, which requires specialist mapping. An example of this could be localised mapping such as areas of North Tyneside that aren’t readily available.

Typical work may include:
• Carry out land and marine surveys
• Collate this information
• Ensure everything is to scale
• Using geographical information systems (GIS)
• Edit & Producing maps

Being capable on computers is essential, as this type of service uses technical equipment and techniques to collect geographic information, and to convert this information into visual images and graphs.

In order to operate as a cartographer you will probably need a degree in a relevant subject such as geography or mapping etc. For further information please refer to British Cartographic Society - www.cartography.org.uk

Why is this an opportunity?
Mapping is a complex area and something that is required to be provided by specialist services.

Positives
Mapping information is detailed research that both private and public companies will require.

Negatives
Due to the niche nature of the service, demand of services may be unpredictable.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in geography and mapping. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Catering CompanyCatering services targeting deliveries to local SME's and corporate events.
catering, delivery, foodThere could be a potential opportunity to supply catering services in North Tyneside. There are a few competitors in the area but with 6000+ businesses currently operating in NT there maybe scope in commercial catering as well as domestic events, etc. With nearby Newcastle there could be a more scope there to expand target market.
Cd & DVD Vending MachineThis opportunity takes a look at operating a retail vending service within locations in North Tyneside.Retail, Vending, ConvenienceThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This could be based within Wallsend. A number of people have commented that they struggle to buy things such as cd's/dvds/console games unless they travel to places such as Silverlink, or to local supermarkets.

Having a vending machine that sell these types of products can be of benefit to customers and help:
- increases impulse purchasing
- depending on location, customers can purchase during hours more convenient to customers

There are no formal qualifications required to operate this kind of business but finding a supplier of cd's/dvds will be required, along with access to either buying or rental of vending machines.

Why is this an opportunity?
This opportunity has been highlighted by a local North Tyneside resident who feel there is a potential gap in the market particularly within Wallsend.

Positives
Convenience to customers, and could potentially help fill a gap perceived by people of North Tyneside.

Negatives
A lot of music purchases are online via platforms such as iTunes, and some movie purchase and rental is also moving online more and more.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Retail

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in retail and CD/DVD’s. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – deciding on stock requires research and decisions to be made regarding what customers want.

• Organising – visiting vending machines and ensuring stock levels are correct.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Central Heating EngineerCentral Heating ServicesCentral Heating, Enginner, Boiler MaintenanceHelp making homes more energy efficient, help older building fit more in with newer building regulations.

Servicing and installation of central heating systems, as well as the servicing of central heating systems.

for further information on this sector please see Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC)
Chemical Cleaning SuppliesTo supply a range of chemical cleaning supplies to local businesses.Cleaning, SuppliesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To supply a range of chemical cleaning supplies to local businesses.

This can either be via a retail unit within North Tyneside or online. Typical products sold include Valeting Products, Detergents, Bleaches, Disinfectants, Oven Cleaners, Bactericidal Degreasers, Dish wash and Glass Wash Machine Detergents and Beer Line Cleaners.

Air Fresheners, Graffiti Removers, Furniture Polish, Glass Cleaners, Hard Surface Degreasers.

Floor Care - Pine Floor Gels, Polishes, Carpet Cleaners, Mops and Brushes.

Customers can be domestic and commercial. Domestic customers can be targeted by online retail with commercial clients being targeted as they require these types of products to carry out their services. According to Yell.com there are approximately 173 commercial cleaning companies and 332 domestic cleaning companies that are based in Tyne and Wear.

Why is this an opportunity?
According to Yell.com there are approximately 173 commercial cleaning companies and 332 domestic cleaning companies that are based in Tyne and Wear that can potentially be targeted in addition to the online retail of products.

Positives
A lot of potential customers to target, pricing is very important.

Negatives
Supply of these products can be quite competitive, with online supply also competitors.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and/or have knowledge of cleaning and these products. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Child MindingPotential opportunity providing care for children in a home based service.
Children, Minding, Care
According to the last Census figures there were over 36,000 children under the age of 16. These figures may have changed as the census was carried out in 2001, but gives an idea of the potential customer based in the North Tyneside.
Children EntertainerRange of Children Entertainment Services
Entertainment, Children PartiesEntertainment predominantly for children's parties with services such as clown, magician, juggling, face painting services etc

Services such as magicians and juggling could also be possible be required for corporate events, or weddings christenings, etc.

Having things such as up-to-date Public Liability Insurance and CRB checks may be essential with some clients
Chimney Sweepchimney sweep servicechimney, sweep, cleaningThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

A chimney sweep is a worker who clears ash and soot from chimneys. The chimney uses the pressure difference caused by a hot column of gas to create a draught and draw air over the hot coals or wood enabling continued combustion. Chimneys may be straight or contain many changes of direction.

As a chimney sweep, you would clean the chimneys of open fires and the flues for coal, gas, oil and wood-fired heating systems and cooking appliances. Your work would help to reduce the risks of chimney fires and dangerous fumes.

Your day-to-day tasks could include:

• Inspection of the chimney or flue before cleaning
• Advise customers on the safe operation and maintenance of chimneys, appliances and flues
• Use brushes to clean the chimney or flue
• Protecting the surrounding area so that soot and debris does not escape into the room
• Removing soot and debris from the fireplace or appliance using an industrial vacuum cleaner
• Advising the customer about any potential hazards and faults and when the chimney or flue will need cleaning again
• Using equipment such as smoke-generating machines and CCTV cameras to examine the condition of chimneys and investigate faults

Entry Requirements
As you will usually be self-employed, you will need to find an experienced chimney sweep who will train you on the job before you set up in business. You may find it useful if you already have experience of practical manual work.

A driving licence is essential, as you will have to transport all your equipment to the places where you are working.

Negatives
Setting up as a chimney sweep can be expensive, as you will need to buy all your equipment and a van for transporting it, and advertise your business. It is advisable to insure your equipment, and to have public liability insurance.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in this type of service or see an opportunity here. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
ChiropodistChiropodist Service within North Tyneside, based from a practice or on a mobile basis.Chiropodist, Treatment, HealthcareThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at offering a chiropodist service within North Tyneside

The practice may be based within a suitable location, with easy access via public and private transport parking. Alternatively a private practice can be based from home, or on a mobile basis to the patients home/venue of choice.

As a chiropodist, you would diagnose and treat a variety of problems on the foot and lower leg.

Day-to-day work could involve discussing treatment options with patients, advising patients on foot care, carrying out a range of treatments using scalpels, chemicals and occasionally local anesthetics, providing long-term care for people at high risk of foot injury or disability, such as people with diabetes, performing minor surgery, such as removing bunions (with advanced training), screening children for foot problems, diagnosing and treating sports injuries.

Before you can start work as a chiropodist/podiatrist you need to complete a degree in podiatry approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC). You can then apply for state registration with the HPC and full membership of a professional body. Further information on HPC can be found here - www.hpc-uk.org.

Why is this an opportunity?
There could be an opportunity to offer mobile services, targeting the senior sector, for example.

Positives
Number of opportunities working from a practice or do home visits

Negatives
Need to be fully qualified

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Healthcare/social care

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fitness/Health. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
ChiropractorChiropractor Services
Health Care, InjuryOperating out of a surgery, Chiropractor advice and services can be operated within North Tyneside, inlcuding diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal problems, and injuries.

Services include massage and manipulation of the spine and soft tissues.

For more information refer to The British Chiropractic Association - www.chiropractic-uk.co.uk
ChoreographerChoreography servicedance, tuitionThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at operating a freelance choreography service. this includes creating dance routines for dancers and other performers. You could choreograph for a range of things such as:
• Stage,
• Dance tuition
• Fashion shows
• Corporate events, or even
• TV or film performances
• Music videos

As a choreographer you would normally specialise in a particular style of dance including modern dance, ballet, ball room etc.

Services may include:
• Plan and develop routines
• Meet with producers etc to discuss and understand what is needed
• Audition dancers
• Teach the dancers and rehearse

In order to operate a choreography service you will need a high level of dance training and experience.

Positives
You get to work with new people on a regular basis, and work with different types of dance techniques

Negatives
Thorough research is needed to determine the best place to base and market the service.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?

• This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in dance. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Classic Car HireTo provide a hire service of classic cars for special occasions such as wedding, or public events such as festivals etc.Car, Vehicles, Hire, EventsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To provide a hire service of classic cars for special occasions such as wedding, or public events such as festivals etc.

The service can either be rental of the car itself, or a chauffeur driven service for special occasions.

All hire bookings can be taken online or over the telephone

A small workspace may be required to answer calls and administration work or working from home is another option to keep costs low.

Why is this an opportunity?
Providing classical style cars for special events.

Positives
Classic car hire is still popular, especially during summer months where there are a large number of weddings that are potential customers.

Negatives
May be expensive to acquire and maintain classic vehicles. Storage and insurance costs may also be high. When the service is reliant on machinery, if this machinery break, such as a car breaking down, then income could be majorly affected.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in cars. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Cleaning Equipment HireRental of heavy duty cleaning equipment for one off use.
Cleaning, Equipment, RentalPredominantly hire, but also sales of domestic, commercial and industrial cleaning equipment and accessories.

Specialising in floor care, including carpet care, hard floor care. Based out of a workshop style unit, equipment can either be picked up for hire, or dropped off for hire at a additional cost

Equipment can either be hired on an hourly or daily basis
Cloth SupplyThis opportunity looks at the supply of cloth from an outlet/factory unit based in the North Tyneside area that supplies these products to businesses.Supply, ClothThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at the supply of cloth from an outlet/factory unit based in the North Tyneside area that supplies these products to businesses.

To make this business different from other cloth suppliers all linen/cotton cloths will be made using organic products.

The range of cloth supplies could be hygiene cleaning cloths and wet wipes, polishing and valeting cloths for industries such as car valeting and body shop, industrial cloths for contract cleaning and general cleaning use, and clinical cleaning cloths which could be required for hospitals and other places that require precision levels of cleanliness.

Why is this an opportunity?
This opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. A locally company currently buy out of area and the price is about to increase by 200% - would purchase locally if available.

Positives
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Online competition from suppliers selling on eBay, Alibaba.com can potentially be cheaper.


The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have a knowledge of cleaning supplies, and want to be self employed. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Clothing HireRental of clothing such as suit and bridal wear.
Clothing, Hire, Formal-wearRental of clothing such as suit and bridal wear.

In addition to this is the rental of clothing such as Prom/formal party wear for both adults and children.

There are around 10 wedding hire shops based within North Tyneside, with the majority of those being retail sales of bridal wear.
Cloud Computing ServicesProviding tailored IT services to SME's.IT, Computing, ServicesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Providing SME's with hosted IT services over the Internet, giving businesses the opportunity to pay for only the services they need.

Costs within the sector are usually on a cost per user per month, similar to that of a mobile phone contract, and gives flexibility with companies as they can increase and decrease numbers of users to the service to suit companies that may be looking to grow or downsize and again keep software licenses and hardware costs lower with these changes as well.

Why is this an opportunity?
A lot of companies are looking to streamline costs, and this includes IT support.

Positives
Companies don’t have high set up software and hardware costs; they pay for what they use.

Low IT set up costs may suit new start ups, companies whose need change often in regard to their needs.

Negatives
Certain businesses may have queries that they prefer to be talked through and resolved over the telephone and don’t want to pay additional costs to have this service.

High start up costs for all the technology required to have this service

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested or have knowledge of IT support. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Specialised in providing these types of services given the level of expertise required.

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Clutch, Brakes & Exhaust SpecialistThis opportunity looks at a specialist vehicle repair.Mechanic, Repair, ServicingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This opportunity is like a motor vehicle technician that will carry out general servicing and repair work on vehicles, but specialises in Clutch, Brakes & Exhaust repairs. These services maybe carried out on a range of vehicles ranging from cars and small vans to coaches and Lorries.

Regular services can include:
• Check exhausts, brakes and clutches for defects
• Advise customers on how critical they are
• Agree price & carry out repair work
• Inspect work for quality check.

Though many garages will carry out these types of repairs, it is important to specialise and be competitive in these types of repairs to ensure customers are more likely to use this service.

There maybe other services offered too such as MOT or other repairs.

In order to carry out these types of services you will be required to be fully qualified. For further information please visit Institute of the Motor Industry - www.motor.org.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
Having a service that is both quality and competitive on price will be popular and having satisfied customers will help with word of mouth advertising.

Positives
There is a large number of vehicles on the road that will potentially require these types of services.

Negatives
Most garages carry out vehicle repair and offer these services so are competition.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Driving/logistics


Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and are qualified (or want to be) motor vehicle technicians. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure customers are satisfied with the service.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Coach Private HireCoach Hire Services
Bus, Coach Hire, MinibusRental or private hire of 16+ seater for private hire for agreed fee throughout specific booking within North Tyneside, North East or UK depending on demand and scope.

This form of transport can be a cheaper alternative to larger party booking going on group trips for Hen/Stag Parties, School/college Trips, etc
Cocktail TrainingRunning training for wine & cocktail bars and their staff, plus private hire for parties
Cocktail Training, Private Hire, AlcoholFull training can be given to cocktail bar staff on how to mix and prepare cocktails professionally.

Additional services can be the private hire of these services for private parties and corporate events
Coffee ShopCoffee shop based within North Tyneside.Coffee Shop, Meeting FacilitiesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Based from a retail location within North Tyneside providing a coffee shop selling tea, coffee and other refreshments along with food and snacks.

In order to differentiate from other coffee shops there can be specific meeting facilities, and seating areas etc to attract usage from local businesses that are looking for informal places to meet clients and catch up.

This coffee shop needs to be somewhere busy with good parking facilities, ideally based within a workspace which may have a specialist need for these type of business facilities, possibly near businesses workspaces etc.

There are no formal qualifications required to operate selling coffee and food, but there are courses such as Food Preparation, Level 1that TyneMet college run that could be of use, or courses around food manufacture and preparation delivered by City & Guilds.

In order to supply food, it is required that you register with the Environmental Health department of North Tyneside Council.

Why is this an opportunity?
Can target general customers as well as businesses that may use facilities to meet customers.

Positives
Targeting business market may present a opportunity, in addition to general customers.

Negatives
In order to attract business use the surrounding may need to be of high quality which will be reflected in the start up costs in terms of expensive fit outs. Location is key to try and reach the target customers that are decided upon.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in working with food & drink and customer services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place, or getting feedback from customers even after starting to adapt the service what best suits them to encourage loyalty.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Cognitive Behavioural TherapyBehavioural Therapy services, clients can be private appointments or GP referals.
CBT, Therapy, Health CareCognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques can be introduced into a number of different roles such as occupational therapists, nurses, and physiotherapist’s day to day jobs. Running training courses to these professionals to help understand these principles, as well as running courses who take an interest in this form of psychotherapy may produce a opportunity. CBT can also help with anxiety, depression, panic, phobias (including agoraphobia and social phobia), stress, bulimia, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and psychosis. The Lead Organisation for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in the UK is British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) see http://www.babcp.com/ for more information.
Colon HydrotherapyThis opportunity looks at setting up a colon hydro-therapy service from a clinic based within North Tyneside.Colonic Irrigation, therapyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at setting up a colon hydro-therapy service from a clinic based within North Tyneside. Colon hydro therapists are also known as colonic irrigationists, who cleanse the colon of waste products and toxins.

As a colon hydro therapist, your clients could include people wanting to improve their general health and wellbeing, as well as those with certain medical conditions who want some relief from their symptoms/problems they are experiencing. Symptoms that this type of treatment can help with includes:
• It relieves digestive discomfort - abdominal pain, constipation, and bloating.
• It is essential before a bowel surgery.
• It detoxifies the body from drugs and alcohol.


In order to operate as a colon hydro-therapist there is no specific qualification or regulation required. However, the Guild of Colon Hydro therapists and the Association and Register of Colon Hydro therapists are involved heavily in setting and monitoring all training standards. You must ensure that you are registered with either organisation and to do this you need to:
• Have a qualification in conventional medicine, plus at least 2 years’ experience
• Have a degree level qualification in a body based therapy, plus 2 years’ experience as a therapist

Why is this an opportunity?
Alternative and complimentary therapies are becoming more popular.

Positives
With people paying more attention to their health, this service may find a niche client base. Research is required to determine location etc.

Negatives
Many colon hydro therapists are self-employed and charge an hourly rate, which can be around £40 to £75 a session. This is unlikely to be clear profit, as business costs such as rent and materials will need to be covered.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fitness/Health. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Comedy Night/Entertainment NightsHosting comedy or other entertainment nights from various locations across North Tyneside and North East
Entertainment, Comedy clubRunning entertainment evenings out of a set location or over a number of locations. Can also host parties for themed corporate events.

Booking in 3rd party venues and organising and running events such as comedy nights or singing, quiz nights etc.
Commercial Carbon Offset ProviderThis opportunity looks at a carbon offset service for individuals and businesses.Carbon Offsets, Environmental, GreenThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Service provides high quality carbon offsets for individuals and businesses. There will be a calculator service to enable consumers and companies to calculate and monitor their carbon footprint.

Carbon offsetting is the process of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by purchasing credits from others through emissions reductions projects, or carbon trading schemes. The term often refers to voluntary acts, arranged by a commercial carbon offset provider.

A carbon offset is a reduction in emissions of carbon or greenhouse gases made in order to compensate for or to offset an emission made elsewhere. In the much smaller, voluntary market, individuals, companies, or governments purchase carbon offsets to mitigate their own greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, electricity use, and other sources.

Companies may aim to reduce their energy use as much as possible, but some emissions are unavoidable. People can offset the environmental impact of their emissions by reducing them elsewhere – neutralising their carbon footprint.

This is a service that is to be mainly aimed at larger companies, who are conscious of their corporate social responsibility, as they are more likely to be higher uses of energy - so in theory they may buy carbon offsets in order to comply with caps on the total amount of carbon dioxide they are allowed to emit.

This business will be best based online, where customers can go online and receive a free quote first.
For further information on carbon offsetting, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (www.decc.gov.uk) maybe a useful source of information for things such as accreditation etc.

Why is this an opportunity?
Energy and emissions are getting a lot of government and media attention, and Carbon offsetting & carbon credits are something that governments globally are looking to help offset their emissions. Carbon offsetting does not require an individual or organisation to reduce their own (direct) emissions and so can be used when there is an inability or unwillingness to tackle these direction emissions.
Offsetting leads to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in the area local to the offsetting project.

Positives
A home energy audit can be very beneficial for your home. It will identify areas of concern that may be costing you significantly in heating and cooling costs. Carbon dioxide (CO2) contributes towards global warming, and one tonne has the same impact wherever in the world it is emitted.

Negatives
People are price sensitive, and extra costs such as neutralising carbon usage may not be a priority.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Domestic Services
•Business Services
•Health, safety & environmental

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in the energy sector. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having an ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even worldwide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Commercial CleaningCleaning services to businesses within North Tyneside, services to both office and factory based workplacesCleaning, Commercial Cleaning, Hygiene
In North Tyneside there is already 6000+ businesses spread over 50 business parks. There is also the possibility to provide services throughout Tyne and Wear and tendering for contracts within the private/public sector
Commercial Debt RecoverySolicitor services specialising in commercial debt recovery.Debt Recovery, FinanceSolicitor services that specialise in commercial debt recovery.

These services can cover a range of things such as drafting pre action legal letters to debtors than outline the legal implications of the dispute, these can be done for a set fee.

Other services include the information gathering on debtors to see if there is any point in pursuing the debt, and chasing debt on the telephones - and negotiating of these debts.

Representation during court proceedings is another service should the client wish to go down this route.

Solicitors must already hold minimum relevant qualifications, and have a practicing certificate to enable them to practice law in the UK. For more information please refer to The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) - www.sra.org.uk
Commercial FurnitureSelling furniture for commercial properties; specialising in Public House furniture providing beer garden furniture and interior furnishings etc
Furniture, B2B, Fixtures & FittingsCan be sold via a Online method, or via a North Tyneside outlet.

According to Yell.com there are 489 pubs within Tyne and wear, and 80 in North Tyneside that could be targetted, with an additional 70+ hotels that may use these services.

Targetting some of the larger pub chains could result in sales throughout that chain, and having the ability to market products online can open up the target market to UK wide and beyond.

Additional services could be installation and maintenance/servicing of products
Commercial LaundryLaundry Services, specialising in in supplying services for commercial customers.Laundry, Commercial, DeliveryUnit & delivery services. Link in with local businesses to supply to staff and possibly local hotels to supply to customers.

There are 6000+ businesses in NT with more further afield, there are 70 + Hotels, B&B, and Guesthouses within the north east to possibly target.
Commercial window cleaningcommercial window cleaningcleaning, windowThis opportunity was identified by The Business v to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Providing a commercial window cleaning service within the North Tyneside area. This business has the ability to offer businesses with a wide range of cleaning services for just about any type of building. When it comes to providing commercial window cleaning services, it is necessary to be equipped with all the necessary equipment and accessories to perform a successful job.

As a business you will start a cleaning project only after a full evaluation to determine which method would work best at the lowest possible cost.

Although running a window cleaning business is quite straight forward, it will help if you:
• Are physically fit and enjoy reasonably good health
• Are self-motivated
• Are able to communicate well with customers
• Enjoy working in the fresh air
• Are reasonably well organised
• Are able to drive


Why is this an opportunity?
A lot of companies require this service on a regular basis to maintain the appearance of their business.

Positives
It's good to have the freedom that only comes with being your own boss

Negatives
You have to be prepared to work hard to build up your round

There’s a lot of competition out there

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in other. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Complete Building ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at operating a full range of domestic building and maintenance services within North Tyneside.Building, Home Renovation, ConstructionThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This service will be a ‘A-Z type building services’ with a wide range of services covered including general builders, roofers, plumbers, electricians, plasterers etc. what makes this service different is offering a comprehensive building service where customers can com to one place to find a trades person.

It is important to have certain capabilities to carry out the work, and in areas where there is limited expertise, and then a reliable network of sub-contractors is important.

Formal qualifications required depend on the types of services that are to be carried out ‘in-house’ and which are to be subcontracted out. E.g. in order to deliver general building services and plastering experience is required and customers will expect to see a good level of competency, but services such as central heating engineer or electricians require accreditation to be qualified to carry out this type of work.

Why is this an opportunity?
For convenience customers if requiring a range of services may find it convenient to source services from one place.

Positives
Makes sourcing trade people easier for customers.

Negatives
Sub contractors must be reliable as they risk damaging the brand. One negative customer can damage a brand so quality of work is very important.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and have experience of various building skills. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the services and personal workload to make sure customers are satisfied with the service and would use this again and recommend.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Computer Repair & Restore ServicesEquipment maintenance and repairs for domestic and commercial PC's.
IT, Support, ComputersInstallation of system and software updates, and other services such as data recovery and virus removal. Possibility to offer service based out of a small retail unit, but also have call out service to commercial clients.

Targetting domestic clients within North Tyneside and SME's for commercial support.
ConciergeOffering a service to run errands for people that are employed 9-5 and cannot carry out themselves during office hours
Errands, ConciergePossible opportunities could be present in companies such as call centres with large numbers of employees.
Conferencing & Meeting FacilitiesTo provide local meeting venues, this will be very well suited to SME's who may be based from home or small offices without these facilities.Meeting Rooms, Conferencing, WorkspaceThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To provide local meeting venues, this will be very well suited to SME's who may be based from home or small offices without these facilities.

Why is this an opportunity?
Local meeting facilities for businesses to carry out meetings and conferences.

Providing rentable meeting and conferencing space to help businesses have a location where clients can visit without having the fixed costs of permanently having a business premises. This space can be rented on a daily/hourly basis and will be used for a range of different businesses that may not have the capacity to host functions at their work premises or home based businesses.

This helps businesses from all different disciplines to have professional facilities for rent when demand requires this but without having the permanent fixed costs involved with having this type of facility.

Positives
Offers businesses the ability to carry out services in a professional treatment location, but without having the costs involved to permanently have these facilities.

Negatives
Thorough research is required to find best place for location with parking facilities and good transport links, this type of location in town can run expensive.

May be expensive to fit out the space to a standard that professional services require.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in providing hospitality services and business services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services expected from businesses renting the space to encourage repeat usage and word of mouth advertising.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Cooker Repair & ServicingServicing and replacement of cookers/parts
Cooker, Repair, ServicingCooker servicing and replacement of parts in both domestic and commercial kitchens.

Services include replacing of elements etc, door seals etc this can be operating on a emergency call out service for commercial customers, such as busy restaurants, whom it is vital any problem is fixed asap
Cooking AcademyCooking skills aimed at children.cooking, food, trainingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Cooking academy targeting schools to deliver these services to children to educate about how cooking can be fun, creative and healthy.

Why is this an opportunity?
Educating about cooking and healthy eating is increasingly becoming more important, so educating from a young age may be a area to target.

Positives
A lot of public attention is paid to healthy eating and lifestyle. Aiming these skills at children can fit in with a long-term strategy of educating this.

Negatives
May rely on funding

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Food & Drink
• Teaching/education/training/languages

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in cooking. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:
• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.
• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.
• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Copy WritingProviding a copy writing services to SME's in North Tyneside, and possibly region wide. copy writing, SME's, PRServices include producing the text for companies for corporate communication such as websites, brochures marketing, campaign or PR. These services can be freelance and based from home to save on start up costs. Being part of a trade associations help build credibility and client through word of mouth and networking.
Core subject tutoring.core subject tutortutor, educationThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

As a core subject tutor you will be employed in the education of others, either individually or in groups. You will tutor Maths, English and Science in particular

A private tutor is a private instructor who teaches a specific educational subject or skill to an individual student or small group of students. Such attention allows the student to improve knowledge or skills far more rapidly than in a classroom setting.

Tutors are often privately hired and paid by the student, the student's family or an agency. Many are used for remedial students or others needing special attention; many provide more advanced material for exceptionally capable and highly motivated students, or in the context of homeschooling.
As well as home tutoring you could introduce online tutoring, this is a new way for a student to receive help, either scheduled or on-demand. Sessions are done through a proprietary application where a student and tutor can communicate. Common tools include chat, whiteboard, web conferencing, teleconferencing and other specialised applets.

Online tutoring has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years due to the ease of being able to connect to a tutor at moment's notice when help is required. This is especially effective when a student is studying for a test that is scheduled for the next day at school and is stumped on a particular problem. Not all online tutoring companies offer an on-demand tutoring service.
Entry Requirements

Depending on the type and level of course you will be teaching, you could be expected to show your subject knowledge by having one of the following:

• a relevant degree, professional or vocational qualification
• a relevant qualification at least one level above the level of the course you tutor – for example a degree to teach A level or other level 3 qualifications
• substantial relevant work experience.

To become an online tutor you will need:

• knowledge of the subject you will be teaching
• teaching, training or tutoring experience
• good IT skills.

Positives
tutoring and educating can be a satifying role.

Negatives
competitive sector

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Teaching/education/training/languages

Who would this suit?
• This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in education. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.


Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.
Corporate Event DesignDecoration of indoor and outdoor corporate events and functions.
Interior Design, DecorationDecoration of indoor and outdoor corporate events and functions.

This could be for both personal or corporate functions and parties where there maybe themes etc. the service can be turnkey; from helping with the design, sourcing materials, setting up design and room to disassembling after event and tidying space.

There are no statutory qualifications needed to be an interior designer, portfolio of previous work can help attract clients, but various skills and qualifications that can be gained to help demonstrate competencies, for local information on these courses see TyneMet College http://www.tynemet.ac.uk

If concentrating on commercial functions, possible areas to target are Tyne and Wear Business Forums and Networking organisations who regularly hold networking events/exhibitions, larger companies who may hold exhibitions within their work spaces, hotels and conferencing facilities who may host events, and Work spaces with conferencing facilities, again who may host events to their licensees or hold open days to attract new business.
Corporate Events OrganiserOffering a full organising and co-ordinating of events at exhibitions to businesses.
events, exhibitions, organisingClients can be both private and public sector. Services include after agreeing with customers to arrange venue, catering, speakers/entertainment, promote event and make sure event runs smoothly before, during and after. Research shows that this sector in the uk is around £8bn, with corporate hospitality expected to grow 3-5% upto 2012.
Corporate VideosCorprate video production, available for corprate marketing videos, or capturing corporate events
Corporate Videos, Digital marketing, Promotional VideosA lot of companies are using different methods of marketing to reach clients, digital marketing tools such internet/websites are becoming increasingly popular - videos could be uploaded to websites to help improve the personal touch of a corporate website.
Costume Designer ServiceThis opportunity takes a look at potentially offering a costume design service.Costume, Design, ClothingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

As a costume designer, you would be responsible for the overall look of the clothes and costumes in theatre, film or television productions. As well as researching and designing costumes, you would often lead a team of people in the costume department.

You would be responsible for the design, fitting, hire, purchase, manufacture, continuity and care of all costume items on feature films etc.

The service can be offered to local theatre and drama companies, in addition to local schools/colleges who may require these services for any productions they may be running.

Typical services could include:
• Consultation with customer regarding design
• Crete costume ideas
• Sketch designs for approval
• Either rent or make costume
• Alter and adapt costumes

There are a number of different professional costume designers, these generally fall into three types: freelance, residential and academic. Brief descriptions are shown below:

• A freelance designer is hired for specific production by theatre, dance or opera companies.
• A residential designer is hired by a specific theatre, dance or opera company for an extended series of productions
• An academic designer is one who holds professorship at school. The designer will primarily be an instructor.

In order to operate this service you will need to have completed a degree in fashion or design as well as being very creative, and skilful in design interpretation.

Why is this an opportunity?
The drama and theatre sector is still very popular and costumes play an important role in this.

Positives
You could work in numerous different locations, either work in a studio, an office or from home.

Negatives
Your hours may be long and involve evening and weekend work to meet deadlines

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fashion. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.


Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Courier ServicesPick up and delivery of goods or documents for both domestic and commercial clients, to and from a fixed location.
Courier, Delivery, B2BPick up and delivery of goods or documents for both domestic and commercial clients, to and from a fixed location.

Due to a rise in internet trading, opportunities for couriers might become rise, particularly in the build up to Christmas. Customer may look else where. This is a continuous trend from Royal mail price reconstruction in 2006.

This type of business can be ran in different way. These include hiring in freelance drivers as and when is needed to cover demand, owner-driver businesses where collections and deliveries are done by the business owner.

Possibly linking in with local business during this uncertainty could be an opportunity.

Additionally there is the potential to be doing freelance work on a sub-contract basis for couriers who may require additional drivers occasionally to meet demand.
CrecheCaring for children between the ago of 5 months and 8 years oldCr�che, childcare, nurseryOperating a temporary care facility whilst parents may be shopping or possible studying etc.

Located in busy areas such as community centres or shopping centers with lots of footfall and busy in general
Crepe RetailOperating via a retail outlet or a mobile take away stall specialising in crepes.Crepes, Food, Take awayOperating via a retail outlet or a mobile take away stall specialising in crepes.

In order to operate a mobile take away in public areas, a street trading/vendor licence must be applied for with North Tyneside Council.

Like all food related businesses, a demonstration of food hygiene and safety is required.
Cricket TuitionOffering training in a number of different age groups.
Training, Sports, TuitionRunning Specialist Cricket tuition and development

This can be aimed at a range of different age groups, from beginner to advanced to learn skills and practice

May be particularly popular during the summer school holidays where everyday one-on-one development can be delivered
Cultural Awareness TrainingTo provide expat and repatriation training specialising in culture and ensuring that people are fully aware.Culture AwarenessThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To provide expat and repatriation training specialising in culture awareness and cross culture training courses.

These help educate people with different personal and business cultures that can be important, especially when communicating and trading with international stakeholders.

Typical areas that need considering are meeting, dealing, entertaining, negotiating and corresponding with colleagues or clients from different cultures.

Things such as business & culture, business etiquette, and cross cultural team building if a workforce is multi-national can be delivered to businesses of all types.

Offering workshops to companies that have employees that have international trading or are looking to trade internationally, which is becoming increasingly popular and presenting an opportunity. Workshops can be of standard module, or adapted for each client.

Offering services with organisations such as the UKTI may also present an opportunity as they help support companies who are looking to trade internationally.

Why is this an opportunity?
Culture Awareness Training to relevant people within the North Tyneside Area.

Positives
Can help companies communicate and be better equipped to trade internationally. Help overcomes things such as language barriers etc

Negatives
Is very much a niche service so demand may not be constant. In this case may be suited to be part of a range of training workshops aimed at companies or as part of other services such as translation.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services
•Teaching/education/training/languages

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in other languages/culture and training. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Cup Cake Shop & CafeSpecialist Cup Cake Retail & CafeFood, Cup Cake, CafeTraditional tea room style café that specialise in cup cakes from a retail location within North Tyneside.

Retail of a range of cupcakes can either be sold to general public or supplied for outside catering for things such as children parties or private events etc.

Can offer personalised cup cakes for special occasions upon request, and also have opportunity to market and sell products online.
Custom knittinng and EmbroideryEmbroidery and Knitting Services
Clothing, Made-to-order, knittingCan be based from a retail unit/working from home, or offer the service online via a website.

Taking bespoke orders for clothing that could range from adult to baby wear, etc. with all products knitted to order, or customised.

Regular-sized knitted garments could also be sold via Ebay etc.
Customer First ConsultantsApplying to gain Customer First Consultant accreditation.
Customer Service, Training, AccreditationApplying to gain Customer First Consultant accreditation.

Targetting organisations who are interested in gaining the Customer First accreditation within a set boundary from Customer First UK, working with organisations to gain this accreditation, and auditing and reviewing whether companies are still eligible for accreditation after set period of time.
Customer Retention ServicesThis opportunity looks at offering a consultancy service, targeting both B2B and B2C businesses.Consultancy, Customer ServicesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at offering a consultancy service, targeting both B2B and B2C businesses.

This service will be on a freelance basis within organisations looking to improve their customer retention.

Customer study, including customer satisfaction survey, customer retention, how to reward customers, how to gain information on customers. Facilitating self-evaluation of customer care and helping develop a bespoke strategy.

In addition to highlighting problems, and working together with the business to develop a forward strategy, it may also be important for staff training and employee development to be carried out within the organisation.

Why is this an opportunity?
Excellent customer service is a key factor in customer retention, so offering the best level of service is very important to businesses, particularly during times of recession.

Positives
Broad range of businesses can be targeted from retail to manufacturing.

Negatives
Maybe a competitive sector, as customer service may also fall into marketing and management consultancy practices too.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and have expert knowledge of customer services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Damp Proofing ServicesDamp proofing & structural reapir servicesDamp proofing, Home MaintenanceTreating damp, woodworm, and dry rot problems in both domestic and commercial buildings.

Some methods can be environmentally friendly alternatives to toxic chemicals used in more traditional methods.

Other Services can include structural repairs of properties.

May be public tendering opportunities within this sector.
Dance CostumesDesign and Supply of bespoke dance costumes and supplies
Dance Competitions, Dance wear, Costumes, Accesories, DesignDesign and manufacture of dance costumes and supply of accessories.

Offering bespoke service 'made to measure' dance costumes. Targetting local dance clubs, and also possibility to market services online to widen the potential target market
Dance TuitionDance classes/lessons
Dance, Night Class, TuitionOffering tuition in different types of dance classes such as expressive dance, salsa, etc.

Can be based out of local community centres etc running classes at a range of different times to suit customers who having different working times or commitments
Dating/Introduction AgencyActing as a intermediary to help introduce people together for the purposes of starting new personal relationshipsDating, Introductions, e-datingActing as a intermediary to help introduce people together for the purposes of starting new personal relationships.

This can be based from home whereby the intermediary could meet all users of service to match make, or have the service online.

This could be popular due to the growth of social networking etc
Day NurseryDay Nursery providing childcare for children up to the age of 5.
Nursery, Childcare Day Nursery providing childcare for children up to the age of 5. Opening hours are usually between 8am - 6pm to cover both part time and full time working parents.

Nurseries must be registered with Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)

For more information on this please visit www.ofsted.gov.uk for information regarding Qualification required of staff and management please see National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) http://www.ndna.org.uk/ for further details
Demolition ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at operating demolition services from a base within North Tyneside. These types of services demolish or dismantle old and derelict structures or buildings, and the scale or the service can range dependant on the capabilities of the company.contractor, demolition, constructionThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

The types of services involved in this type of service can include:

Traditional demolition – demolition using various power tools or machinery to demolish/dismantle brickwork etc on a small large or scale.

Explosive demolition – carrying out work involving traditional mechanical demolition techniques together with the controlled use of explosives.

Hazardous removal – removal of asbestos toxic chemicals, complying with health and safety

Environmental – ensuring that material resulting from the demolition works is correctly segregated prior to removal from site, ensuring work carried out is in line with environmental protection laws etc.

In order to operate within this sector you will need knowledge of health and safety, dependant on the type of service required. Being accredited in this type of sector is essential to attract work and be eligible for tender. Types of accreditations include:
• Chartered Institution of Wastes Management
• Constructionline Registration Certificate
• Contractors' Health & Safety Assessment Scheme
• National Demolition Training Group Certificate
• Environment Agency Certificate
• National Federation of Demolition Contractors Certificate
• Waste Management Industry Training & Advisory Board (WAMITAB)

Why is this an opportunity?
Before construction can take place, a lot of sites or buildings need clearing, and these types of services are usually outsourced. Particularly in the demolishing or removal of hazardous materials.

Positives
These type of specialist services need to be carried out by trained contractors.

Negatives
Can be an expensive opportunity to start, due to scale of some competition.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in construction. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Design EngineerThis opportunity takes a look at operating a design service in North Tyneside.Design, CAD, IdeaThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Design engineers develop ideas for new products or systems in a range of different sectors or industries, and these kinds of services can range dependant on the specialism. Part of the service could be working with businesses or individuals who have ideas they would like researching and developing.

The reason that companies will outsource these types of services is they may have the in-house expertise that are familiar with working through design concepts and with CAD (computer aided design). CAD is software that helps show clients their design in 2D and 3D before an engineer would build a prototype and incur these costs to changes can be made before this.

The process involved in the service may include:
• Discussing an idea or concept with clients
• Research into idea
• Design and present, make amendments
• Test
• Final amendments

For further information regarding this sector please refer to Institution of Engineering Designers - www.ied.org.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
This can be an external service for businesses that are involved in design, or have design ideas but don’t have the in-house capabilities of CAD etc.

Positives
A lot of companies may not have the in-house capabilities to deliver these types of services.

Negatives
Niche sector.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in design, and skilled in working with CAD. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills - help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Design of Railing and FencingDesigning bespoke handrailing and fencing/gates in wrought ironDesign, Railings, Home ImprovementOffering services to both direct to consumers and to the commercial market, such as fencing/gate design of railing to desired specifications.

There may also be tendering opportunities to bid for in this sector.
Designer Shoe ShopPremium brands for both male and female footwear.
Fashion, Designer, Shoe Shop, FootwearThere are approx 10 Shoe shops situated throughout North Tyneside, with local residents having to travel to Newcastle and the Metro Centre as alternative.

There is also the possibility to sell products on a Ebay store that can open up the potential client base to throughout the UK or even worldwide.

The UK Shoe market size is £6.1bn according to 3B market Intelligence.
Dessert Trade SupplyThis opportunity is to provide high class desserts for trade supply to local restaurants and cafes.Food, Cakes, Dessert, SupplyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity is to provide high class desserts for trade supply to local restaurants and cafes.

Offering high quality and innovative catering that provides exceptional desserts and service in North Tyneside and surrounding areas. This service will target restaurants who don’t have the time or capabilities to produce these types of food in house.

Supplies can be whole desserts or pre-portioned desserts in a wide range of different types of deserts.

This was an opportunity that was highlighted by local North Tyneside residents at a recent Business Factory event as something they feel was missing within locally.

There are no formal qualifications required to supply deserts, but there are courses such as Food Preparation, Level 1that TyneMet college run that could be of use, or courses around food manufacture and preparation delivered by City & Guilds.

In order to supply food, it is required that you register with the Environmental Health department of North Tyneside Council.

Why this is an opportunity
Local restaurants may not have the need to purchase better quality ingredients if the constant demand isn't present. They may not have the expertise to produce their own high quality deserts in-house.

Positives
Good food can have cost implications and are normally expensive to buy the ingredients. If a restaurant does not sell a high amount of desserts they may find it more convenient to outsource.

Negatives
Pricing is crucial as it must make sense to business to be cost effective to buy in, as opposed to making own.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services and Food & Drink.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in baking/cooking. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

This opportunity could allow people to operate this venture from home, and it could be flexible to fit around other demands:
•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.
•Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within a greed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.
•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products. This is important if supplying to a number of different customers.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Digital Image TransferDigitalise old photo albumsDigital images, AlbumThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. This engagement is aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.


Digitalise old photo albums – although a captive market due to photographs now being mainly digital due to technology, there maybe a market for old family photo’s etc to be transferred to digital so families can easily share these and save on storage. Also the possibility to do the same with LP’s etc.

With digital cameras now widely used a lot of images that people have over the past few years will be digital. However, older family photo albums are a lot less likely to be digital, and it can be very time consuming to scan images and transfer to digital formats. People may not have the knowledge, time or facilities to carry out the service themselves.

Why is this an opportunity
Identified by a local SME as a service they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Positives
This can be quite time consuming, if doing a family album potentially if the costs were split amongst a few people in the family then this makes it more affordable for the client.

Negatives
Can be a captive audience, as a lot of people outside of a certain generation will already have all of their photographs in digital format.

Can be very time consuming and so research is important to find out if there is a demand, what people would pay for this.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in technology services, and customer services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this is a key aspect of the support. Understanding and having clear ideas about what is required from both the companies themselves and the employees is important to help deliver the most effective support possible.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and develop a custom-made solution that can be flexible to help suit the companies themselves.

•Organising - being able to organise a bespoke support package around customer needs, and delivery take a lot of organisation.

•Research Skills – being aware of any changes the legislation that impact upon the service, research might be needed to find customers in some cases and being aware of newer technologies to make services easier.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Digital Juke Boxes UpdatesDownloading music onto digital juke boxes in public houses.
Juke Box, Music Downloads.Possibility to deal direct with the public houses if they own the juke box, or linking in with companies who are leasing these machines to offer this service either additionally or on a sub-contract basis.
Digital PrintingServices include the printing of digital images to a number of materials and different purposes.Printing, DigitalThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at Digital printing Services. These are the printing of digital images to a number of materials and different purposes.

This business could be based from a retail outlet that could be located in either Wallsend or North Shields, which offers the service of canvass/ digital printing to customers.

These services can be offered to both domestic and commercial customers. Businesses may require digital services such as flyers, stationery, brochures, in addition to digital printing of fabrics, glass, roll-up banners for marketing and exhibitions etc.

Domestic customers could use services for things such as printing to fabrics, canvas etc.

Why is this an opportunity?
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Positives
User-friendly, digital printing can cost-effective too.

Negatives
The cost of the printer used for digital printing is quite high, so could initially be a high start up cost.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services
•Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in print & design. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Direct Mail ServicesMail fulfillment services for marketing campaigns etc
Mail fulfilment, Mail ShotThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity is looking at mail fulfilment services that can be targeted to North Tyneside businesses that may look to outsource these types of services.

This includes things such as doing the mail fulfilment services for marketing campaigns which would include printing of mail, sourcing of envelopes, supplying mailing lists or databases and the postage of these.

This type of business can initially be run from home due to the nature of the services, depending on the size of mailing campaigns due to space and stock required potentially.

Trade associations are good sources of information about different sectors, and sector news. For Direct Mail services the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) may be useful - www.dma.org.uk

According to Yell.com there are 19 companies that provide Direct Mail services in Tyne and Wear, but none of these are located within North Tyneside.

Why is this an opportunity?
This allows companies who may not have a marketing or admin department to effectively carry out a mail marketing campaign.

Positives
Offers a ‘bolt-on’ service to companies looking to carry out a marketing campaign but don’t have the capabilities in-house.

Negatives
Can be a competitive market, with companies across UK potential competitors.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in marketing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the service in agreed times with clients as lead time between mail and follow up can impact on the success rate of marketing products/services.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Disability Equipment InstallationInstallatin and supply of domestic disalbility equipment
Senior Care, Health CareSupply and Installation, and servicing of Disability equipment in domestic homes. This includes fitting senior homes with disabled rails, access ramps, stairlifts, showers/baths, and beds etc
Discount cardDiscount card scheme giving North Tyneside Residents and N. East residents potentially discounts at local retail ooutlets, etc.
Discount, scheme, retailBecause of the recession consumers are very price sensitive, and this is reflected in recently released figures showing consumer spending in the UK has hit fresh lows, with household spending falling to its lowest level since 1980, dropping 4% in the same period last year according to national statistics. Discount cards schemes can encourage consumers to spend more if they get better value, and help local retailers in NT gain more custom, instead of potentially losing consumers to internet, etc.
DJ TuitionThis opportunity takes a look at operating a flexible business delivering DJ tuition services.Tutor, Teaching, music, DJThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This opportunity takes a look at operating a flexible business delivering DJ tuition services.

In addition to the tutoring side of the service, there could also be the retail of all associated equipment.

DJs play music for audiences at live venues, such as pubs, nightclubs or at private functions and play a range of different music, on a range of different equipment such as:
• turntables,
• mixers
• Amplifiers.

In order to play and mix records and work things such as lighting, as well as interaction with an audience, these things are skills that require practice, but knowledge must start from somewhere. This service could offer a flexible tuition to help beginners learn about all the technical aspects of being a DJ.

This tuition service could be delivered to customers face to face or online.

Due the nature of this business, it may suit being an additional income to fit around either another job, or the fit around other commitments such as family, or actually actively working as a DJ.

Ministry of Sound offer a DJ tuition course for beginners looking at starting a career in music with costs for this ranging from £100 - £500+ depending on the amount of tuition.

Why is this an opportunity?
People who have a love of music may look at try and have a career as a DJ but to make money, training and tuition helps and people have to start from somewhere.

Positives
Music is something people love so to be able to do this as a job is a big appeal to some. This opportunity is also potentially very flexible to fit around other commitments.

Negatives
Due to the nature of the business there may not be enough demand to operate this full time.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in music. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

• Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Document Shreading ServiceDocument shredding services offering to destroy confidential documents both on and off site.
Documents, Shredding, DisposalDocument shredding services offering to destroy confidential documents both on and off site.

Targeting organisations that need to dispose of this kind of waste securely to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Waste can either be collected and shredded securely from the premises, or lockable storage bins can be provided and emptied at agreed intervals.

Sectors of the 6000+ North Tyneside business community can be targeted along with companies through Tyne & Wear to help build up a regular service.

Companies regularly dealing with confidential information may require services.
Dog Walking ServiceOffering a dog walking service within North Tyneside and surrounding areas.
pets, dog, walking
Possible opportunity around people working full times and customers may be incapble of walking the dogs due to injury, or may work for long periods throughout the day who are unable to exercise pets through day..
Domestic Appliance Service Engineerdomestic appliance service engineerdomestic appliances, engineer, servicingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

As a domestic appliance service engineer, you would install and repair household appliances such as cookers, washing machines and fridge freezers. You might also deal with items like televisions and hi-fi equipment. Your duties could include:

• Making visits to customers to carry out safety inspections
• Attending emergency repair call outs
• Providing quotes for insurance claims
• Preparing invoices and payments to ensure accounts are up to date

To complete this role on a daily basis you would use a range of equipment for your work, which could include both hand and power tools.

Entry Requirements

As a domestic appliance service engineer you do not always need qualifications to do the job, but in practice you would need some sort of recognised training. You may also find it difficult to get public liability insurance without qualifications.

To gain public liability insurance there are numerous different courses that you could complete.

Why is this an opportunity?

This is a business that could do well within the North Tyneside area. As well as this you do not always need qualifications to do this job, but in practice you would need some sort of recognised training.

Positives

Additional allowance may be earned for call out duties

With experience you could progress into management

Negatives

As you will be mostly working in customer’s homes, you are likely to spend quite a lot of time on the road, travelling from job to job which could incur high petrol charges.

You may also find it difficult to get public liability insurance without qualifications.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Other. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.



If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Domestic Appliances RetailThis opportunity takes a look at a business that specialises in the supply of home domestic appliances within North Tyneside.Appliances, Home AppliancesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at a business that specialises in the supply of home domestic appliances within North Tyneside.

Domestic appliances that are stocked can include cookers, ranges, freezers, fridges, American-style fridge-freezers, built-in appliances, tumble driers, dish washers as well as smaller appliances such as Hoovers, microwaves etc.

Additional services could be the delivery and installation of the products, as well as the disposal of older appliances. Key to these services is the additional after-sales service offered and the knowledge of the products. With chain stores being able to buy in bulk it will be difficult to undercut on price so service must be first class.

Products can either be sold predominantly online, or from a retail location. It is important to weigh up whether the costs involved in having a retail location.

There are no formal requirements to operate this type of business, though product knowledge is essential. Having reliable and competitive suppliers is very important, as these costs can seriously affect cash flow.

Why is this an opportunity?
Domestic appliances are essential to people, and with improvements with energy efficiency can appeal to people who may wish to upgrade their current appliances.

Positives
Demand for these types of products can be high.

Negatives
Major competition with chain retail stores.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Retail
• E-commerce/online

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have knowledge of domestic appliances. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. E.g. could be the changes to legislation on the disposal of electrical goods with has an impact on this sector.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Domestic CleaningTo provide a domestic cleaning service to household
Cleaning, Domestic, Home
services include vacuuming, polishing, tidying and general cleaning of kitchens, bathrooms and windows. Exterior cleaning may also be expected. In North Tyneside There are 84,866 household according the last census figures.
Domestic ClearanceDomestic Clearence services operating within North Tyneside or the wider area.Clearence, Property Clearence, RemovalThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at domestic clearance services.

Tasks include providing a service to both domestic and commercial customers in clearing of their premises in a fast & affordable way.

This service will be based in the North Tyneside area and will be a mobile service, in which customers can call and make an appointment.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is a great service for companies and makes recycling easy for staff, cleaners and contractors.

Positives
Will recycle all items where appropriate. Particularly commercial customers will outsource this type of service when moving into, for example, new business premises. Some items require specialist equipment.

Negatives
May be expensive buying vehicles & equipment etc.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in working in a physical manual-labour type of opportunity. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure customers are satisfied.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Domiciliary Care Recruitment AgencyRecruiting care workes who specialise in the care of elderly and diasabled people.Recruitment, Care, EmploymentRecruiting care workers who specialise in the care of elderly and disabled people. For more information on Domiciliary Care, see Ceretas (Formerly known as the British Association of Domiciliary Care or BADCO) - www.ceretas.org.uk
Door Supervisor TrainingTraining Services Specific to Door Supervisor employees to meet change in legislation
New legislation is stating that all door security staff have to be trained in these areas to be able to have a license.

Specific training in certain areas are now required.
Drama LessonsDelivering beginner and intermediary classes in drama
Drama, Performing ArtsDelivering beginner and intermediary classes in drama

This can delivered to a range of different age groups ranging from young children to adults.

Classes can run at weekends and evenings to attract people who maybe work full time but have an interest in learning new skills.

Can be either specialised in Drama only, or can cover a range of other Arts including singing, dancing etc.
Drama/Dance SchoolTeaching dance or drama on a freelance basis, this can be one to one or group tuition Dance, Drama, TuitionCan be based from a permanent studio, or renting space as and when required. Clients can range from children to all ages. Dance clubs have gained media attention through TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing and parents are happy for children to participate as it helps them stay fit and healthy
Dramatherapy ServicesThis opportunity looks at setting up a dramatherapy service within North Tyneside. Dramatherapy is a creative arts therapy, which uses the performance arts such as role play, voice work, myth, ritual and storytelling, also movement and objects can be used expressively without words to promote psychological, emotional and social change.therapy, alternative, dramaThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Dramatherapy can help increase clients self awareness, but one of the specific uses can be to offer a creative way for an individual or group to explore and solve personal and social problems.

As a dramatherapist you would use group work and role-play to encourage people to come to terms with feelings and emotions. You would help clients to develop their imagination and the creative side of their personality, as well as their personal strengths.

Dramatherapists offer a safe environment for an individual or group to explore, address and deal with personal and social difficulties e.g. grief, anxiety, and personal growth.

You would encourage people to:
• work as part of a group
• form one-to-one relationships
• express what they feel and think about the world around them
• act out situations in a safe and non-judgmental environment.

In your role you would work closely with other professionals such as psychologists, social workers, teachers and other therapy specialists.

Dramatherapists work in variety of settings these include
• mental health areas
• education
• child care
• training centres
• services for people with learning disabilities
• prison and probation service
• private sector

In order to work as a dramatherapist you need a Masters qualification approved by the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth), followed by registration with the Health Professions Council (HPC). For further information on this refer to The British Association for Dramatherapists (BADTH) - www.badth.org.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
Provides a alternative therapy that is not easily available like some therapies.

Positives
Drama therapy gives clients a safe way to express emotion without having to claim that emotion for themselves.

Negatives
Very much a niche service that may rely on funding. Mentally demanding service.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Healthcare/social care. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Driveway and Garden PavingDomestic Paving Services
Paving, Home ImprovementTargeting the domestic market, offering services such as block paving/patio of driveways and gardens.
Driving InstructorOperating as a self employed Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).Driving, Driving Lessons, InstructorThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Operating as a self employed Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) with the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

Customers can range from 17 years old to adults. Services can include regular lessons planned out with customers, or week/month long intensive courses to speed up the time taken to gain license.

Offering advanced courses may also be an opportunity, as courses such as 'Pass Plus' will help lower insurance costs maybe particularly appealing to younger drivers where insurance is high.

To become a driving instructor you need to contact the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) and apply to become registered as a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI) after which you need to take a 3 part exam to become an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are education/training; this service will be to a wide range of clients.

For further information regarding industry changes and information and guidance please refer to www.dft.gov.uk/dsa/

Pros: flexible working hours, constant demand for people looking to become self employed.

Cons: rising fuel prices and other car costs rising may put some off learning to drive, in addition to fuel costs impacting upon pricing/profits etc. you essentially are the business so in times of illness or injury there will be no income. Also vehicle reliability is very important.

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in cars, driving and teaching others. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

This opportunity can have an element of flexible working in the delivery of the service. This allows being self employed to operate around the other factors, and customers may even demand a flexible approach due to their own work commitments so may require night tuition or weekends etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

Communicating Effectively –communication is very important as during tuition one on one with customers you must be comfortable to give instructions and give guidance.

Management and Leadership – customers will be expecting the instructor to give leadership and guidance and answer any questions that may arise.

Motivating People – the ability to both motivate yourself and customers is very important as some customers maybe more confident and competent than others.

Organising – organisation and timekeeping is very important to give customers value for money. With charges are per hour, making sure customers feel they get value for money and have their full hour of tuition is very important.

Research Skills – being aware of any changes to legislation and other factors that may impact upon the business.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills. If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Dry Cleaner ServicesDry Cleaning Service based from a retail location within North Tyneside.Cleaning, Dry CleaningThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This opportunity looks at a Dry Cleaning Service based in North Tyneside.

Based from a retail unit in the North Tyneside Area providing a professional service to customers. The location of the premises needs to be in an easy accessible area for customers to gain convenient and easy access.

When offering a dry-cleaning service, key duties could include:

• taking items from customers and giving them a collection ticket
• checking items for damage and sorting them according to colour and type of fabric
• treating heavy stains by spotting with chemicals before cleaning
• weighing items and loading them into machines
• setting the machine to the right programme depending on the type of fabric and the amount of soiling
• adding cleaning fluid
• checking, pressing, folding or hanging and covering the items after cleaning
• giving cleaned items back to customers and handling payments, within an agreed timeframe.

Additional services that may be worth considering are a door-to-door pick up and drop off of cleaning depending on whether this is cost effective.

Why is this an opportunity?
Something that is not massively available in the North Tyneside Ares. As well as aiming for domestic customers you could also work for high street dry cleaning shops. In addition to domestic users for these services, targeting companies that may get dry cleaning services from a third party, such as B&B's/Hotels etc.

Positives
You do not need any qualifications to open a dry-cleaners, or any when employing staff to work in the shop.

Negatives
Dry cleaning machinery can be expensive to buy which will impact upon start up costs. Location is key to service, as is pricing.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in cleaning. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure customers expectations are met to encourage repeat use of the service.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
e-tutorThis opportunity takes a look at providing an online tutor service.Tutor, onlineThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This service provides online support for students on a freelance basis. Typical services of an online tutor can include:
• discuss and introduce new subjects and help build confidence of newer students
• help organise a study plan
• answer general queries from students
• provide a online support via email or other online methods
• give feedback on work.

Due to the development of some technologies thee is also the ability now for communication to be through video conferencing or skype in order to improve communication methods between e-tutors and their students.

In order to start a e-tutor service there needs to be knowledge about the subject(s) covered, and well as having previous teaching experience and qualifications in order to gain work. Due to the nature of the service, there needs to be a good level of IT competence to communicate with students.

Why is this an opportunity?
The internet is increasingly used for communication and having an e-tutor service can give clients the support they need, from the convenience of their own home.

Positives
Convenience of using the service. can be based from home due to the nature of the service.

Negatives
Very much a niche service, bricks and mortar universities provide this support in most cases as part of their courses.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Teaching/education/training/languages

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in education and teaching. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
eBay ShopOnline retail of goods.Ebay, online, sellingEbay is already a huge platform to sell goods, and is expanding year on year, both in terms of the turnover, and expanding into further Countries worldwide. There may be the opportunity to sell locally produced goods.

We are currently running FREE Introductory eBay workshops. To attend or for more information please contact The Business Factory.
ElectricianInstalling Electrical products/systems for both domestic and commercial clients.
Electrician, ContractorOffering services to both domestic and commercial market

Services include the installation/repair of electrical products and systems, and other services such as rewiring and checking the safety of systems, etc.

Can also offer PAT testing services should they be required

Looking at public tendering, possibly at sub contract level may be an area presenting opportunities
Embalmerembalming servicesembalmingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Embalmers preserve bodies from the time of death until they can be buried or cremated.

We use embalming primarily for three reasons:
1) Temporary Preservation of the Remains. The Primary reason for embalming is to allow adequate time between death and burial to observe social customs such as visitation and funeral services. Without embalming, the natural process of decomposition begins immediately and progresses at varying rates.
2) Restoration of the Remains: Embalming has a restorative effect on human remains. When a family elects to have the casket open for visitors, or if there is to be only a brief identification of the remains, appearances are often greatly enhanced by the embalming process.
3) Disinfection: Although not always a concern, embalming aids in the disinfection of remains
As an embalmer, your work with the deceased would include:

• washing and disinfecting bodies to prevent deterioration and infection
• removing fluids and gases from the body and replacing them with injected preservatives
• washing and arranging hair and applying cosmetics
• using plaster of Paris or wax to restore the appearance of bodies after injury.

typical work would also involve:
• working closely with funeral arrangers to make sure the families' wishes are met
• keeping the mortuary clean and enforcing health and safety regulations
• making sure the mortuary is fully stocked
• ordering essential items, such as chemicals
• completing the necessary paperwork required by law.

With some employers, embalming is part of funeral directing work.

Entry Requirements

You do not need any particular qualifications to get into embalming work. However, you may find it useful to have GCSEs (A-C) or similar qualifications in English, maths, chemistry and biology.

To achieve a professional qualification in embalming you would first need to find a relevant job and register with a tutor approved by the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE).

Vacancies do not come up very often, so it can be difficult to get into this kind of work. It could be an advantage to have previous experience in a funeral service or in mortuary work, or you could try contacting local funeral homes to arrange work experience.

You will usually need a driving license.

Positives
You could work for a large chain of funeral directors or an embalming company. With experience, you could become self-employed and work independently with several funeral directors.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?

• This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or spot an opportunity in these types of services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Energy Management ConsultantOperate as a BS EN 16001 Energy Management Consultant to businesses
Energy Management, Consultant, AdviceWorking within the public and private sector to help these organisations streamline energy efficiency and reduce GHG (green house gas) emissions; which is high on political agenda.

See bsigroup.co.uk/energymanagement for more info.
Entertainment ServicesThis service would include running an entertainment service within the North EastEntertainment, Booking, EventsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This service would include running an entertainment service within the North East which specialises in hosting entertainment events for special occasions. The theme of these events depend on the demand of the client as entertainers can be sourced if the capabilities are not in house and can range from:
• Comedians
• Singers
• Magicians
• Tribute acts
• Dance
• Karaoke
• Murder mystery

These services could be target various sectors and different groups of people, including:
• Hosting entertainment nights in pubs
• Community venues
• Residential care homes
• Schools
• Hospitals
• Corporate events

This service will be based online and they will be a catalogue of comedians which are available in each area for hire and an enquiry form that can be completed to receive prices for the hire.

Positives
Entertainment services are required for a range of different reasons, ranging from public events, private parties to corporate functions.

Negatives
Demand maybe unpredictable

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in entertainment. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Entertainment System Retail & InstallationsRetail of audio-visual (AV) equipment including products such as TV/projectors, sound systems, home cinema systems etc. Entertainememt SystemsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside


Retail of audio-visual (AV) equipment including products such as TV/projectors, sound systems, home cinema systems etc.

As well as the retail of products, additional services could be to provide the delivery and installation services.

Positives
Technology changes often so opportunities to sell the most recent products and upgrade the entertainment facilities of places such as cinema, pubs etc who may rely on good quality audio and visual equipment.

Negatives
Competition can be high, with chain brands such as Curry’s and Dixon’s etc.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in AV equipment and new technology. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting

This opportunity would be selling from a retail location, and online if necessary.

•Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.
•Research Skills – research in technology industries is important as things change so often. in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Equestrian Services & SuppliesAs well as saddle fitting additional services offered could be horse riding services such as:
•Rug Washing
•Rubber Matting
•Champion Riding Hats
•Riding Boots
•Horse Feed
•Haylage
Equestrian, suppliesThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at the supply of equestrian products and services to horse owners within North Tyneside.

Based from a suitable retail location products sold include Horse Feed & Supplements, Rubber Matting, Champion Riding Hats, Riding Boots, Haylage, Saddles & saddle fitting, Bits.

In addition to the products sold, there can be a range of freelance equestrian services offered. These include things such as tuition & Training, backing, schooling, competition livery, sale preparation and locating suitable horses.

Supplies can also be sold online to target UK horse owners.

Trade associations are good places for information, for information the British Horse Society - www.bhs.org.uk and The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) - www.beta-uk.org might be useful for industry news and statistics.

Further information:
The most recent British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) National Equestrian Survey (2005-6) indicated that:
•43 percent of GB households (11 million) have a household member with some form of interest in equestrianism (including racing)
•4.3 million people have ridden in the previous 12 months (that is, seven percent of the population)
•The 1999 estimate was 2.4 million, indicating a substantial growth
•65 percent of equestrian participants are from socio-economic groups C, D and E
•75 percent of horse riders are female
•31 percent of horse riders are aged under 16, 18 percent are aged 16 to 24
•The urban/rural split amongst frequent riders is 50:50
•Leisure riding is the main equestrian activity, showing an increase of five percent in just over five years
•Riding has become far less seasonal: 95 percent of riders now ride all year round, compared with 61 percent in 1995.
There are between 1 and 1.3 million horses in Britain, they are owned or cared for by 550,000 people.

Why is this an opportunity?
A local North Tyneside resident currently buy their equestrian supplies outside North Tyneside and stated that if they could source the products within the local area then it would be more convenient to them.

Positives
Large numbers of horse owners in uk, and is a service that a North Tyneside resident feels is lacking.

Negatives
Can be expensive to have the right location, and very much a specialised area.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in horses and equestrian services in general. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Executive CoachingProviding support to new businesses and established businesses with executive coaching services.Mentoring, Coaching, DevelopmentProviding support to new businesses and established businesses with executive coaching services.

Executive Coaching is primarily concerned with the development of the executive in the context of the needs of their organisation. Services include support to owners, managers and directors within their organisations on things possibly such as performance, direction and act as a sounding board to clients on a continuing basis.

Executive coaches are usually specialist and experienced within a particular area such as HR, Management, Sales etc.

There are no formal qualifications required to operate as an executive coach but having formal qualifications and being part of relevant associations/organisations can help image etc. The Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS) is a professional body for executive coaching and for the supervision of executive coaches. They delivery accreditation to maintain standards within executive coaching and through membership have various members events and provide information. For more information on APECS please refer to www.apecs.org.

Further information is available from The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC).

Public liability and Professional Indemnity insurance will be needed due to the nature of the services to businesses offered.

This was a need highlighted by as local SME who have recently became self employed and feel that having someone to help give direction and be a soundboard is a important in the initial start up stages and the running of the business in the first year, but could also be good to give direction and review business plans of more established businesses as well.
Exhibition Stand ConsultantRepresenting companies at exhibitions on behalf of them around the country
Exhibition, Tradefairs, MarketingOffering a service of being a freelance representative of a company on a consultancy basis at events such as trade fairs, exhibitions etc. that SME are too bust to attend themselves. Services could range from attending the event, setting up banner stands and marketing materials and networking with prospective clients for all enquiries to be passed onto client. Also could offer further services such as the design and production of marketing material to help offer a turnkey service.
Exporting AdviceAccording to research carried out by O2, 4 in 10 small businesses are looking to trade abroad in 2011. Out of 500 businesses surveryed, 40% are looking to further trade abroad to grow their business. Export, ConsultancyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Giving exporting advice on a freelance basis to North Tyneside SME's via a professional website.

Offering advice and support for those exporting for the first time or for businesses experienced in international trade and expanding into new markets.

Exporting can really boost the bottom line for a small business. It can generate extra revenues which may not have been possible in the domestic market and opens up all sorts of possibilities and opportunities.

Why is this an opportunity?
According to research carried out by O2, 4 in 10 small businesses are looking to trade abroad in 2011. Out of 500 businesses surveyed, 40% are looking to further trade abroad to grow their business.

Positives
Allows companies to potentially boost profits, Business growth, Access to new customers

Negatives
Other organisations offer similar support.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have experience of business development, particularly international. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Facebook Applications DevelopmentThis will be a service which will deal with developing applications that are specific for facebook, to either engage with consumers or businesses through targeted marketing and advertising.online, applications, developmentThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This will be a service which will deal with developing applications that are specific for facebook, to either engage with consumers or businesses through targeted marketing and advertising.

Facebook application development can pan out your media strategies with the extensive reach and maximised engagement that it offers. Facebook application developers are constantly strategising innovative ideas for putting out your business message to millions. Facebook applications are smart social networking solutions that will help you achieve your socializing goals.

This business is great for people who are looking for a low cost start up business with the technical expertise to develop these.

This opportunity can be based from home as well as flexible working.

Why is this an opportunity?
More than 500 million active users, 50% of these logs onto facebook every day. People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. People on Facebook install 20 million applications every day. Since social plugins launched in April 2010, an average of 10,000 new websites integrate with Facebook every day. 25 million facebook users in the UK.

Positives
Facebook is increasingly used as a new media method of advertising products and services to a mass market.

Negatives
Can be a competitive sector, and you need the expertise of these type of services to deliver these services.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services
•E-commerce/online

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Computing/Games. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having an ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even worldwide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of this service.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Family Mediation ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at operating a freelance Family Mediation services. The service will include helping to mediate couples involved in divorce or separation, and to agree on arrangements for their children and finances without going to court.mediation, dispute, family servicesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

The role involved in these situations is a third party that is impartial in the situation, and to help clients talk through differences amicably and help clients resolve issues, it is important to not tell people to do.

The role will include:
• Meeting clients to listen to all information to help indentify issues
• Allow both parties to explain their grievances
• Work through issues one by one to help resolve, including finances and children involved
• Provide clients with information
• Keep information regarding meetings
• Work towards mediation

In order to operate as a family mediator there are no formal qualifications needed in law, though it may help, but experience of working with families and having experience in mediation may help.

For further information the Family Mediation Council - www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk may be useful.

Why is this an opportunity?
From April 2011 the government has instructed new compulsory mediation proposals. This states that compels are coupled in a contentious divorce to participate in mediation.

Positives
Change in legislation means couples in some cases have to participate in mediation.

Negatives
Can be competitive.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in working with people. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Fancy Dress ShopHiring and sales of costumes and accessories
Costumes, Fancy Dress, AccessoriesCan be based out of retail unit within North Tyneside, where customer base can not only be within borough, but region wide.Can also sell costumes and accessories via online/Ebay to potentially broaden target market.
Farrier ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at farrier services, based from within North Tyneside.Farrier, Horse, Shoes, BlacksmithThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Farrier services are the fitting of horse shoes. These services are similar to that of a blacksmith, in their skill with metal work in addition to knowledge of veterinary skills in order to fit the shoes. In order to actually fit horse shoes, you must be registered as a farrier.

Your duties as a farrier would include:
• Consultation
• Choose the most suitable type of shoe for the horse's size, foot condition, type of activity and working conditions
• Make horseshoes either by hand or machines
• Fit the shoes on horses, checking for balance, adjust where necessary.

In regard to start up costs, there will be a need suitable workplace as well as tools; general things such as computers to help with bookkeeping etc. typical clients include farmers, horse owners and owners of riding schools and stables.

In order to trade as a Farrier qualifications such as ‘NPTC Certificate in Forgework’ are a staring point, but to work as a farrier you must by law be registered with the Farriers’ Registration Council. The only way you can register is to complete a four-year apprenticeship with an approved training farrier.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is an area that was highlighted by local SME as this is something that is not set up within the North Tyneside area.

Positives
This is a service that has been highlighted by a local North Tyneside resident

Negatives
Difficult sector to enter new due to legalities requiring registration with the Farriers’ Registration Council and the process of this.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in horses and are skilled in forge work. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Fashion Accessory RetailRetail of Fashion Accessories either online or in a retail location.Fashion, Accessories, RetailThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

The range of different fashion accessories include:
• Charms
• Frames & Sunglasses
• Hair Accessories
• Hats
• Purses & Handbags
• Scarves, Gloves & Belts
• Shoes
• Watches
• Fashion Jewellery including Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, Rings.

Based from a retail location within North Tyneside. As well as having a retail store, these items will also be available to purchase through an online store.

Why is this an opportunity?
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Positives
This is an opportunity that was highlighted by a local member of the North Tyneside Community as something they feel is lacking locally and is a service they themselves would purchase.

Negatives
Larger retail stores can also sell these types of products so will be in competition.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Retail
• E-commerce/online

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fashion. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Fashion DesignerDesign of clothing; specific by type
Clothing, Fashion, DesignDesign of clothing by a specific type, this could include latest fashion, sportswear, wedding dress, etc. Working self employed to either provide designs to specification or designing own fashion range. Further opportunities may exist via trade fairs/exhibitions, and retail of own range via eBay etc.
Female ValetingTo provide a car valeting service carried out by females, targeting females.Car ValetingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Mobile car valeting targeting specifically female's.

To provide a car valeting service carried out by females, targeting females in specific - Typical services include interior cleaning including interior window, vacuuming, shampoo of upholstery. Exterior cleaning including cleaning, polish and wax of body work. Other services include female specific car maintenance.

Why is this an opportunity?
According the last available census information there are 84,861 vehicles in North Tyneside, and a break in the population is 52.2% female to estimate the number of female motorists in the borough to potentially target.

Positives
Women may be encouraged to purchase the services of female-only services, a ploy used by insurance companies such as ‘shiela’s wheels’ in the motoring industry.

Negatives
Customers are price sensitive so pricing and research into demand is important.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in vehicle maintenance. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

•Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Fire & Flood restoration servicesdamage restoration servicesflood, fire, retoration, repairThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This service provides damage restoration to both domestic and commercial properties that can be affected by fires and floods.

Supplying services to both domestic and commercial customers who may be affected by floods etc

The range of services that could be offered could include:
â– Fire Damage
â– Smoke Damage
â– Flood or Water Damage
â– Building Drying
â– Dehumidifying
â– Mould or Toxic Mould
â– Oil Spill Clean Up & Bio-remediation
â– Odour Elimination
â– Property Decontamination

BDMA accreditation is increasingly sought by insurers and loss adjusters appointing contractors for claims related restoration. For further information see British Damage Management Association - www.bdma.org.uk

Sectors:

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in restoration services and could deliver these skills on a commercial basis. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
First Aid TrainingProviding skills to individuals to be able to deal with different situations of injury/illness.
Health & Safety, TrainingPossible opportunities may be present amongst commercial sector as companies may be required to have a number of employees trained in first aid as part of their health and safety policy.

In addition, First aid courses are covered in Schools and colleges to teach children practical skills.

Targeting North Tyneside's 6000+ businesses, and companies throughout the region who may require services as party of their health and safety policy
Fish Pedicure SpaThis opportunity looks at spa and beauty treatments such as fish pedicure.Pedicure, Fish, Beauty, TreatmentsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at spa and beauty treatments such as fish pedicure. The treatment involves dunking the feet in tanks filled with Garra rufa fish that can nibble away dead skin.
Due to the fact this idea is popular at minute, to support longevity of business and try and protect against fad-ideas, it may suit to be part of a range of other services.

The feet are often one of the most neglected parts of the body, so why not experience a pedicure with a different. The end result leaves your skin feeling softer and you will feel refreshed and relaxed.

The spa needs to be based in the North Tyneside area with can be easy accessed for customers; parking facilities would be an advantage.

Why is this an opportunity?
There is a high demand at present due to there being a buzz about this type of treatment. There is a lot of media attention around this treatment.

Positives
Popular at moment, including celebrities using this kind of beauty treatment making it 'fashionable', in addition the benefits of athletes using this service.

Negatives
May well be a fashion fad, so longevity of the service may be an issue. Safety questions are already being raised which could seriously affect the service.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Beauty Treatments.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fitness/Health & beauty treatments. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Fishing EquipmentRetail of Fishing equipment & accessoriesFishing, Angling, Equipment, AccessoriesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Retail of Fishing equipment & accessories.

Selling equipment and accessories for Angling from a retail location within North Tyneside, and additionally the potential to retail online through a e-commerce website or Ebay store.

Products such as a range of fishing rods which can be for Fly fishing or Carp fishing, spinning reels, sea fishing and all the accessories that accompany these such as specialist clothing, hooks lines, natural and artificial baits and all other accessories etc.

Fishing is hugely popular in the UK with many fishing clubs around the UK that can be targeted as potential customers.

Pros:
Fishing is hugely popular in the UK with many fishing clubs around the UK, and angling holidays being popular pastimes. Personal selling and specialist advice of a retail location may well be a unique selling point as for customers.

Cons:
Can be a captive market and very specialist so you may not get the normal passing trade that other retail stores will get, such as clothing.

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Angling, and have knowledge of the products and equipment needed. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are retail, and possibly online.

- Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

- Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

- Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials. Customers may have specific questions that require a knowledge of angling and advising correctly can be important.

- Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and maintain stock levels etc.

- Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. New products that may become available for anglers may attract purchases from some customers, so having the latest technology may help against competition.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an advisor at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills. If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Fishing tackle shop in Whitley Baylive bait shop within the Whitley Bay Areafishing, bait, accessoriesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Specialising in bait, currently one in North shields but their bait can be limited depending what you’re looking for according to local North Tyneside residents.

Why is this an opportunity?
Something that has been highlighted by a NT resident as something they feel is lacking in the area. This could provide both something for people of NT as well as attract visitors to the area.

Positives
A North Tyneside resident has already highlighted this service as something they feel is lacking, and themselves would use. Although there is some competition locally, they don’t feel that the choice is exceptional and that the area could do with a service that specialises in providing these types of products.

Negatives
Is a niche sector than maybe more suited as an additional service to compliment another business.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Retail

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in fishing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Fitness BootcampRunning bootcamp sessions to help a range of customers with their aim of getting fit and/or losing weight by doing a series of specific excercises.Weight, Health, Diet, Fitness, Slimming
With people becoming more health conscious, there may be an opportunity to offer a fitness boot camp service, which can be staged in various community centres locally in North Tyneside or outdoors in the summer. Research shows people are more self conscious of health and image due to the huge media coverage and campaigns.
Fitness Equipment RentalTargetting domestic market offering rental of equipment such as rowing machines, treadmills, cross trainers, etc for fixed fee over fixed period of time.
Fitness Equipment, Rental, Gym, Training85,000+ Homes in North Tyneside and more throughout North East to target as an alternative to gym costs, giving people the opportunity to have quality excercise equipment within their own homes
Fitness Equipment RetailRetail of a range of fitness equipmentFitness, Equipment, SportRetail of a range of fitness equipment from retail unit based within the NT area.

This equipment ranges from weightlifting equipmet and fitness machines for both the home and professional customers.

Certain stock can also be sold online via e-commerce platforms such as Ebay etc.
Flat Pack Assembly ServicesOffering a service to assemble flat pack furniture in Domestic Homes
Flat Pack Furniture, AssemblyMain services include assembly of flat pack furniture mobile, in the home of domestic customers.

Additonal services could include the pick up and deliery of these items, commonly from places such as Ikea, B & Q etc
Flooring Cleaning and TreatmentSpecialist Carpet & Flooring Cleaning Services
Cleaning, Flooring, CarpetServices include Specialist of carpets, and treatment of laminate/wood flooring to both the domestic and commercial sector.

Domestic Properties within North Tyneside can be targetted along with businesses such as Pubs/Retaurants/hotels whose flooring will be used frequently and may require cleaning regularly.

For more information refer to The National Carpet Cleaners Association - http://www.ncca.co.uk/
Food & Drink Delivery ServiceDelivering food & drink within a set area for a agreed price.
Food, drink, delivery, 24hourMore people are statistically socialising at home, services offering delivery of food and drink my prove popular to this target market. This service could prove popular during unsociable hours where public transport and a lot of local shops are closed and only places within a town centre are generally open.
Football MerchandiseSelling Football Merchandise.Football, Merchandise, Meorabilia, Novelty.This opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To sell General sports merchandise & memorabilia, but specialising in football through a retail unit and online via e-commerce website and/or eBay.

Products can include T-shirts, key rings, flags, posters, books, and novelty gifts etc.

There is the possibility to sell own designed clothing such as t-shirts to represent land mark occasions, such as particular result or game.

Football is the most popular sport in the UK so the demand for different memorabilia and merchandise of the various clubs involved will have a demand both as a retail unit, but particularly online to help widen the target market. Merchandise for domestic football may have a strong demand during the football season, particularly around August time when the new season’s starts until the end of the season in May/June. During summer months when there are international competitions such as the World Cup and the European Championships there may be a large demand for international countries memorabilia.

In addition to Football, there are a lot of other popular sports that are well watched in the UK and beyond such as rugby etc that is getting increased exposure due to the media.

With events such as the Olympic games coming in 2012 (July 27th - Aug 12th 2012) and the European Championships (June 8th – July 1st 2012), there maybe opportunities to supply merchandise for these event, to gage spending patterns, in 2006 World Cup, Britain's high street got a boost of £1.25bn.

For further information regarding the British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA) please refer to their website; http://www.bpma.co.uk/

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

- Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and ensuring stock levels are correct, particularly if operating online as eBay and ecommerce websites operate a ‘click and buy’ service.

- Research Skills – merchandise can change regularly due to fashion trends so research into consumer demands is important to take advantage of customer buying patterns.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Footwear Retail Larger SizingRetail of large footwear that regular retailers don't tend to stock.Footwear, Clothing, RetailThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at the retail of plus-size footwear.

Based from a retail location within North Tyneside, specialising in larger-sized footwear, ranging from sports, fashion and formal footwear.

There are approx 10 Shoe shops situated throughout North Tyneside, with local residents having to travel to Newcastle and the Metro Centre as alternative, but none specialise in larger sized footwear and even online it can be difficult to source a wide variety of larger footwear.

There is also the possibility to sell products on an Ebay store that can open up the potential client base to throughout the UK or even worldwide.

The UK Shoe market size is £6.1bn according to 3B market Intelligence, though this figure covers all retail of footwear and plus-size being a niche group.

This maybe a good opportunity given the amount of money that is spent on footwear, there could be a possible gap in the market for a larger sizing footwear retail shop within Wallsend or other areas of North Tyneside depending on research.

Why is this an opportunity?
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Positives
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Start up costs to buy in could be costly to a new business, it is a niche sector.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Retail.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Clothing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having an ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even worldwide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Franchise ConsultantFranchise support and advice to SME'sFranchise, Consultant, Franchise ModelGiving North Tyneside businesses advice and guidance on how to turn their business into a franchise model, to help grow their brand/business.

Guidance on developing franchise packs etc and linking in with other specialist providers of franchise support such as franchise specialist solicitors.

For more information on franchising see Franchise Development Services - www.fdsfranchise.com
Freelance ArchitechtServices relating to the design of new buildings, and the renovation of existing buildingsArchitecht, Design, BuildServices can range from small scale domestic services to larger scale commercial properties, depending on the practice

Possible tender opportunities within this sector

For further information refer to The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) www.architecture.com
Freelance EstimatorThis opportunity takes a look at operating a freelance Estimating service. Estimators work for manufacturing, engineering, and construction or service companies. They work on the preparation, processing and submission of tenders for contracts by calculating the costs involved in supplying a product or service to the clients technical specifications.Estimate, Procurement, PlanningThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Estimators play an important role as they cost out a job, and allow people or companies to know exactly how much a service is going to take, which for private clients can include how much a service should cost .e.g home renovation, as well as services to contractors who need to know the costs of things in order to accurately estimate their profit from jobs.

Things that estimators consider include:
• Cost of raw materials
• Cost of purchase or hire of machinery
• Labour
• Any other overheads
• Give timescales on jobs

Though some of the larger companies may employ estimators, it may be an opportunity to partner with smaller firms who do not have this specialist information in-house.

In order to operate as a estimator you will usually have previous experience of working in this type of industry to know the process involved and to advise.

Why is this an opportunity?
Giving accurate costing and timescales is very important to construction and engineering companies, particularly during times where the amount of work in these industries are slowing due to the recession etc.

Positives
There is no specific degree, level of experience or educational background that a construction estimator needs to be able to go to work in the field.

Negatives
Larger companies may employ this in-house.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in building services and/or engineering. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure customers are satisfied.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
French Polishing Servicefrench polishingpolishing, restoration, repairThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at providing a french polishing service from a base within North Tyneside to a range of clients potentially throughout the North East. French polishers use traditional hand skills to prepare and treat wood to give it a smooth finish and improve its appearance. This treatment may be carried out on a range of different woods and may also work on new and old furniture, restore old pieces of furniture or work on fitted items such as staircases, doors or other interior work etc.

Why is this an opportunity?
Customers may choose to have furniture treated as it is a more cost effective way of improving something than having the large expense of replacement.

Positives
Can save money and transform furniture

Negatives
Niche service

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in furniture and restoring. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Funeral OrganiserFuneral ServicesFuneral, Organisation, BereavementPlan and make arrangements for funerals, either working with bereaving relatives/friends, or with a personal planning their own funeral.

Training and further information on becoming a Funeral director can be found at National Association of Funeral Directors (NAFD) www.nafd.org.uk
Furniture RestorerFurniture Restoration
Furniture Damage, RepairServices of restoration and repair of household furniture such as leather upholstery, wooden tables, chairs etc to help repair furniture as a alternative to replacement

Can also offer services for commercial customers, operating on a booking, or emergency call-out basis

Clients can be targetted within North Tyneside, but also offered regionally depending on demand and willingness to travel
Furniture SupplyThis opportunity looks at providing bespoke made to measure home furniture, based from North Tyneside.Furniture, RetailThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

As the service is bespoke there will be no need for a retail presence, but there will be the need for a suitable space to work in and store tools and materials.

The furniture that that may be supplied could include:
• Bedroom furniture – wardrobes, chest of drawers, tables, and other storage
• Living space – book cases, TV cabinet, coffee tables and other living room storage
• Kitchen & bathroom – tables, cabinets and other storage
• Office furniture – desks, cabinets and other storage
• Bespoke furniture upon request.

All furniture that is made will be hand crafted and designed to the customer’s specific needs by a design consultation, with each product sold every job manufactured to each customers exact specification

In addition to having bespoke furniture, there could also be a side to the business where hand crafted furniture is sold. Customers will be able to purchase these goods online as well as visiting a potential showroom/workshop which will be based in the North Tyneside Area.

Why is this an opportunity?
Though there are various chain stores that sell this type of furniture, they don’t really cater for bespoke furniture and people are usually willing to pay more for a piece of furniture that is unique.

Positives
The more types of furniture covered, the greater the size of the potential customer base.

Negatives
Initial set up costs maybe high for equipment and premises, and pricing maybe an issue as chain stores buy in factory mass produced furniture from abroad and sell at low prices, though sometimes the quality isn’t always great.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Arts & Crafts. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products and personal workload to make sure customers are satisfied and products are produced/delivered on time.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
GalvanizerCore service of galvanising within North Tyneside and North East.Galvaizing, Business ServicesThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Core service of galvanising within North Tyneside and North East.

This is a service that has been highlighted by a local North Tyneside business who currently sub-contract out these services to a company outside of the area, and feel that a more local service supplier would be beneficial as their current steel galvanizer has a large travel distance to cover and this impacts upon the cost.

Galvanizing services help protect steel against corrosion. Other services could include powder coating and shot blasting depending on demand and capabilities. Having ISO certifications can help add credibility, and some customers may well require these standards to complete work, and potentially apply for tenders etc. Galvanizing the standard is - BS EN ISO 1461:1999 (Hot dip galvanized coatings on fabricated iron and steel articles. Specifications and test methods)

Why is this an opportunity?
Highlighted by a local SME who suggest there are no or limited supply of this service locally.

Positives
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Service is niche

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested and/or experienced in steel galvanizing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
As this service is B2B flexibility may need to be given to fit in with the demands of customers.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Gardening ServicesServices such as grass cutting and lawn maintenance, flowerbed weeding, rubbish removal, fencing paint/repair and general exterior maintenance.Garden, Maintenance
This opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Offering general garden service such as meeting tidying lawns, and other garden maintenance, etc.

Gardening services can include grass cutting and lawn maintenance, flowerbed weeding, rubbish removal, pruning of bushes, fencing paint/repair and general exterior maintenance.

Further services that could be offered are the exterior painting of sheds and fences etc.

Potential Markets
Services can be one off, regular maintenance work or on a sub contract basis from landscape gardener, home designers etc.

These services can be offered to both the domestic and commercial public sectors.

Positives
As summer approaches the demand for these types of services traditionally increase.

Negatives
DIY market growing according to research carried out by Wickes.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in working outdoors, have an interest in manual labour and gardening. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services and Domestic Services. This opportunity, depending on the services delivered, could be low cost start ups, and operate with flexible working hours, and predominantly based from home:

•Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.
•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.
•Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc. there will need to be a storage area for any tools required.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:
•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.
•Working to deadlines – services will be expected to be carried out within a greed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Gardening ShopRetail of plants and garden equipment.Gardening, Equipment, PlantsRetail of plants and garden equipment.

Based out of a retail unit; specialising in gardening equipment, accessories and supplies.

This can include things such as lawn mowers and other garden power tools, hanging baskets, plant pots, garden furniture etc.

There are around 2 companies in North Tyneside who advertise retail of garden furniture and ornaments, specialising is things such as garden sheds etc apart from this chain companies such as B & Q also sell some gardening products.

Various products could also be sold online.
Genealogist Family Tree ServicesFamily Research ServicesFamily Tree, Genealogy, ResearchThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Tracing of family history records through various avenues of research. Although the core of the service can be family tree research, there can be services offered for probate research which helps with researching beneficiaries of wills etc.

Research is a very important part of this opportunity and will require a lot of knowledge about all the different information sources available both in the UK, and further afield potentially.

Genealogists have to be aware of the Data Protection Act 1998 regarding the information they have for their for, for guidelines on how this Act affects Genealogists please view the document produced by The Society of Genealogists (SOG) has produced: http://www.sog.org.uk/leaflets/dpa2.pdf.

SOG maybe a good source of information about this sector in general - www.sog.org.uk, along with The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives (AGRA) - www.agra.org.uk, and Association of Professional Genealogists - www.apgen.org.

Pros: if you are interested in history, then this opportunity can allow you to turn your hobby into a business. People are interested in having this information regarding their family history. A lot of the information comes from free resources such as census information and library archiving services, though this process requires people to be aware of all the resources available and have the time to carry this work out.

Cons: people may not be prepared to pay for this work to be carried out due to the fact a lot of the information comes from free resources.

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in history and research. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

Communicating Effectively � clear communication can be very important, as there maybe times when you liaise with others to get information, so communication is key to get the correct information.

Organising - being able to organise workload is important, especially when working for one or more clients at a time, then separating different cases requires organisation.

Research Skills � in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research is a huge part of this opportunity so being aware of the latest sources of information is vital.


If you feel that you haven�t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills. If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
General Building ServicesA range of building services to both the domestic and commercial clientsHome Improvement, RenovationOffering a range of services such as joinery, bricklaying, plastering, roofing, etc across a broad range of construction

Work will commonly be sub-contracted out if job lies out of the builders specialisms
Gift Ideas Advice & Supply ServiceTo supply gift ideas, and gift packs to cover occasions such as Christmas, Birthdays, Christenings, and Weddings etc.Online, Retail, GiftTo supply gift ideas, and gift packs to cover occasions such as Christmas, Birthdays, Christenings, and Weddings etc

Can supply gift packs such as stocking fillers which can have themes such as fair trade, environmentally friendly, also of different age groups and topical themes e.g. themes such as Harry Potter.

This business can have links to help source goods, linking in with suppliers etc.

Due to the seasonal nature of a lot of the increase in spending around Christmas for example, may be suited to working from home flexible working to keep running costs low and allow to fit around other commitments as additional income.
Gift Wrapping ServicesGift Wrapping services for the festive seasonProduct and service located within shopping areas, more of an seasonal option.
Gift Wrapping services aimed at Xmas shoppers in busy areas within North Tyneside or further afield over the Xmas period.

Could be based from a stall in places of busy footfall offering a service of wrapping presents on-the-spot to save shoppers doing this themselves.

Also possibility to approach shops and see if they would be willing for you to offer this service within there shop so you could have a area to do this at purchase so shoppers have the option immediately.

Very much a seasonal opportunity given the increase in consumer spending around Christmas time.
Glass Engraving ServicesThis opportunity take a look at a glass engraving service based from North Tyneside.Engraving, ArtThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Glass Engraving services decorate glass by using hand tools or machinery to cut designs or inscriptions into a glass surface. Work produced may be from original designs or bespoke to a clients demands. The types of products that are engraved include:
• Bowls
• drinking glasses
• mirrors
• window panels

in order to carry out the service there will be the need to purchase certain machinery, depending on the types of methods used for engraving. Ranging from hand tool methods to machinery, these include:

• sand engraving or sand blasting – using grit to erode areas of glass that have not been masked off
• point engraving – this is the marking of the glass with a hand-held diamond or tungsten carbide point tool
• acid etching – applying hydrofluoric acid to areas to be decorated
• Hot glass techniques – engraving combined with glass blowing skills to create different effects.
• stipple engraving – building up the design entirely of dots, defining areas of light and shade
• drill engraving – using a rotating bur in the hand-piece of an electric drill
• copper wheel engraving – this is using machine-driven wheels to shape the cut, and a mix of oil and grit to do the cutting

There are no qualifications required to operate as a glass engraver, tho experience is helpful and demonstrated capabilities to potential clients. There are various BTEC and degree courses that may help build skills around design, crafts including a degree in a subject like ceramics with glass, or glass, architectural glass and ceramics.

For further information regarding glass engraving please see Guild of Glass Engravers - www.gge.org.uk.

Positives
Skilled service that people will need to outsource in order to get this type of service done.

Negatives
Niche sector

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Arts/Crafts. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Glazing InstallationInstallation of glazing into domestic and commercial buildings.
Glazing, Installation Installation of glazing into domestic and commercial buildings.

This can be the initial installation or replace/repair of damaged windows.

With a lot of interest on energy efficiency, poor glazing is a major source of heat loss in both domestic and commercial properties and with there being advancements in areas such as triple glazing etc and the continued building of new homes in the construction sector there maybe opportunities to operate on both a private and sub-contract basis.
Golf Equipment RetailOnline retail of golf accessories
Golf, Sports, AccessoriesOnline retail of golf equipment including clubs, balls, trolleys, bags, shoes, and other accessories, etc.

Can also have a retail unit targeting enthusiasts with North Tyneside or attracting customers from outside the borough, but having a online presence helps open up the target market, with golf being a very popular sport
Gothic & Emo Style Clothing RetailOnline retail of clothing and accesories
Clothing, Online, Retailonline retail of Gothic, Emo, & Burlesque clothing. Including things such as men's & womens clothing, various accessories, hair dyes, jewellery etc Online retailing helps widen target market to UK
Graphic DesignerA graphic design service offering creative support to business in both private and public sector service include corporate branding for logos.
Design, brandingCustomers can be business employing services direct or work sub contractors from an agency. Customer base; there are 6000+ businesses in North Tyneside 51,000 in Tyne and Wear and 116,000 registered in the Northern region. Public tendering contracts may also provide potential opportunities in this sector.
Graveyard MaintenanceMaintenance & resoration of grave stones.Cleaning, RestortionThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This service includes maintaining grave areas, restoration of grave stones etc.

This opportunity looks at the preservation of gravestone. Typical services offered could be gravestone resetting, sealing stones, repair/replacing broken stones, and cleaning and restoration of head stoned.

Other services could be agreeing to keep gravestones generally tidy and regularly place flowers and maintain the appearance of graves.

Additional services such as stonemasonry services where things could be added to head stones such as lettering etc.

Trade associations are good sources of information and have guidelines and new information regularly. The Association for Gravestone Studies (AGS) may be a source of information - www.gravestonestudies.org.

Why is this an opportunity?
Gravestones are deteriorating through weathering and vandalism, and need to have a service where these are maintained throughout the year.

Positives
As service that over time can be offered and due to materials involved and the weather conditions is likely to continue to be required.

Negatives
May be laws within certain area’s that need to be agreed with local councils.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in stone restoration. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Green PR ConsultantThis opportunity takes a look at operating an environmentally friendly PR Service.PR, Branding, AdvertisingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

As a PR consultant, the service is being responsible for building and maintaining a client’s image and reputation with stakeholders, i.e. customers and the general public.

This will provide a specialised service of Green PR of public relations that communicates an organisation's corporate social responsibility or environmentally friendly practices to the public. There may be a specialism in working for companies looking to improve their environmental image by using ‘green’ PR techniques and advertising.

Typical work may include:
• planning PR campaigns and strategy
• monitoring public and media perception of the client or employer
• involved in a range of promotional literature & activities such as advertising
• producing press releases

Though there are no legal requirements to operate as a PR consultant, it is widely recognised that consultants are usually educated to degree level, particularly with a PR-related specialism. For further information on this and courses being ran, please refer to Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) - www.cipr.co.uk


Why is this an opportunity?
Corporate Social Responsibility is something that has increased in importance in helping building brand image and reputation, being seen as environmentally friendly can help this.

Positives
Though PR is quite a competitive industry, specialising in ‘green’ PR may attract clients and help be different from the competition. Set up costs may be relatively low as work may be based from home initially.

Negatives
PR is quite a competitive industry.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in PR & advertising. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Green Product CatalogueSupply of Green Products on a mail order basis.Green, Environmental, SuppliesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at Green Products catalogue. This would be a service that could offer a catalogue available to both domestic and business customers, containing a range of both domestic & commercial products that are designed or have the intention of helping people use less energy and help the environment.

Examples of products could include recycled or re manufactured products and other environmental products with benefits such as reduced energy, non-toxic, refillable and rechargeable.

Products will be delivered on a mail order basis via telephone or online. Catalogues may be distributed throughout targeted businesses to try and encourage purchases.

Why is this an opportunity?
Being more ‘green’ is very topical and something that can be good PR as well as potential cost saving for businesses in particular.

Positives
By using green products you are saving the environment and will attract people by promoting this.

Can work from home, and with flexible working hours.

Negatives
Green products can be more expensive to purchase and can be limited, there will need to be reliable supply networks or storage to keep products. If products are stored then start up costs may be higher.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Health, safety & environmental

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in environment. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:
• Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Green Product RetailRetail of a range of 'Green' products.Green, Environmental, Products, SuppliesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This opportunity looks at a retail store (Green Store) which supplies a range of Environmentally Friendly products and Recycled Gifts for all household and business needs.

There will be a wide range of products sold, examples include recycled or re manufactured products and other environmental products with benefits such as products that will help save energy such as low energy lighting, non-toxic, refillable and rechargeable.

Key to the service is the personal selling of the products. Having knowledge and showing customers the benefits of using more environmentally friendly products can have.

Why is this an opportunity?
There are no current Green Product Retail stores within the North Tyneside area. Items have to be either purchased in local supermarkets where these products can be expensive and limited.

Positives
By using green products you are saving the environment and will attract people by promoting this.
Can work from home, and with flexible working hours.
Easy access to viewing and buying these products for customers who are interested.

Negatives
Sometimes with green products, the selection can be limited.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Domestic Services
• Health, safety & environmental

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in ¬¬¬Garden & Home. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:
• Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Gutter CleaningCleaning domestic and commercial gutteringCleaning, Home ImprovementCleaning guttering that maybe blocked by leafs etc. to stop things such as domestic and commercial property damage such as leaking, and damp as a result.

Targetting 6000+ businesses, and 85,000 North Tyneside households
Guttering Replacement and RepairReplacement and repair of guttering
Building Maintenance, Repair, GutteringReplacement and repair of guttering

The adverse weather has damaged guttering on a number of commercial and residential properties. Repair and replacement services could present and opportunity due to the importance this plays as guttering problems can cause leeks to roofing and can create damp.

As well as targeting general domestic and commercial dwellings, services could be offered to local landlords and letting companies who may have responsibilities to maintain use of facilities in their buildings as part of their lease.

Additional services could be a call out service to help deal with frozen pipes, etc to domestic and commercial buildings. The severe weather has affected things such as water flow and drainage in many properties and having this rectified is in some cases imperative.
Hair Care ProductsSupply of Hair Care productsHair Care, Salons, Beauty ProductsRetail and supplying salons with products such as Shampoos, conditioners, hair dye, hair spray and other hair care products, etc.

Also selling other accessories such as Hair straighteners/dryers, etc.

Products can be sold online to domestic customers, and dispatched to salons when requested
Hair Extension TechnicianThis opportunity takes a look at operating as a hair dressing, specialising within Hair extensions.Extension, Hairdresser, Beauty TreatmentsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at operating as a hair dressing, specialising within Hair extensions. This service can be based from within a salon or mobile.

In general hairdressers will cut colour and style clients hair, with regular tasks including:
• Consultation with clients
• Condition
• Cut & style
• Colour

The service can be based from a salon or on a mobile basis to keep running costs low. Being based from a salon the service is where clients can come for a consultation and for treatment. If there isn’t the demand for there to be a permanent base in a salon there could also be an agreement with hair salons that could take bookings and subcontract the service to you, or to book a space in the salon to rent on request if a client prefers and there’s no salon in place.

In order to maximise profits, it is important to find a reasonable and reliable supplier of hair extensions, as regardless of the cost of the materials, when there is competition offering the same service prices need to be competitive.

There is no legal obligation to have any qualifications to be a hair extension technician, though after applying the extensions there is usually a need to cut and style so in order to attract customers this may be a large benefit, to help build credibility.

In order to train as a hairdresser, you can either enroll full or part at college, or by working as a trainee. For further information on Hairdressing level 1,2 and 3 that Tyne Met College run please see http://www.tynemet.ac.uk/courses/hairdressing.

For indsurty information please refer to the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) website - www.habia.org.

According to yell.com there are 57 hair extension businesses based in Tyne and Wear, with 12 based in north Tyneside, this makes marketing the service very important.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is a service that is quite fashionable and popular at the moment.

Positives
Can be based on a mobile basis to keep running costs low.

Negatives
Can be a competitive sector.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Health & Beauty.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in fashion and hairdressing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Hair Threading & Eyebrow/Eye Lash Tinting – MobileMobile services of various beauty procedures such as eyebrow threading, and eyelash tinting throughout North Tyneside. Beauty Services, MobileThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Mobile services of various beauty procedures such as eyebrow threading, and eyelash tinting throughout North Tyneside.

To provide beauty services to members of the public in the North Tyneside area. This will be a mobile service, however they could be further opportunities to engage with local hair dressers and beauty salons and use a room within their building, or salons may want to buy in these services to broaden their services offered to customers. This could be on a fixed day or on a pre booking basis.

Why is this an opportunity?
Beauty treatment services are always popular and if the service is mobile making it more convenient for the customer then they may feel more inclines to use the services.

Positives
Convenience to customers, flexible working, and start-up costs can be relatively low.

Negatives
Research will need to be undertaken into demand, and types of services most popular along with pricing to factor in travel expenses etc.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in beauty treatments. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials. Understanding clearly what customers want is very important to encourage repeat custom.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the services and personal workload to make sure that this fits it and is cost effective when operating on a mobile basis.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research into targeting customers may also be important.

•Full driving license and suitable vehicle or means of transport when offering a mobile service.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Hairdressing Products WholesaleA retail store based in North Tyneside supplying products for hairdressers and salon needs.Salon, Supplies, ProductsThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

A retail store based in North Tyneside supplying products for hairdressers and salon needs.

The products that will be supplied will be items such as

•Clippers
•Chemicals
•Colours
•Towels

The store will supply a range of products that are required as stock for salons to both retail hairdressers and mobile services, these include thing such as colours, perms, bleaches, scissors etc.

According to Yell.com there are 140+ hairdressers based within North Tyneside, within 850+ within Tyne & Wear that could potentially be customers for these types of products.

Why is this an opportunity?
A business need that the SME was clear about was a wholesale supply for hairdressing products, as the nearest supplier is Newcastle, having bought out the NT supplier previously and closed this down the centralise supplies from Newcastle.

Positives
Currently a lot of salons within North Tyneside and the wider Tyne & Wear area.

Negatives
Online supplies can be cheaper and more convenient for people.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services
•Domestic Services
•Retail

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Health and Beauty. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Halal Specialist CaterersCatering services that specialise in providing halal food
Halal, Food, CateringWith their being a lot of different cultural groups within the North East it could be an opportunity to offer this service drect to them for possible networking events they may have, or to private parties/functions that may take place.
Hand Crafted GiftsCrafting Gifts from material such as leather pottery, wood. This can be a "To Order" service.gifts, bespoke, hand craftedCrafting Gifts from material such as leather pottery, wood. This can be a "To Order" service.
Hand Made FurnitureBespoke domestic and commercial furniture manufacturer
Furniture, Carpentrybased either from home or in a workshop, services include hand manufacturing of customer furniture to both domestic and commercial market to bespoke specification.
Hand Made Greeting CardsRetailing a range of hand made greeting cards at local/national craft fair/markets and potentially online.
greeting cards, hand made, craft, fairsRetailing a range of hand made greeting cards at local/national craft fair/markets and potentially online.

Potential growth area of the UK card market, where people are still very traditional about sending cards, and less price sensitive for quality.

Good online opportunities and successful national card/craft fares.

Why is this an opportunity?
The greeting card market is a sector that continues to remain large in terms of turnover. An area of growth is hand made greeting cards so there maybe opportunities to provide services to card makers, as well as retail range online via arts and crafts websites, or more widely recognised sited such as eBay.

Positives
Hand made greeting cards market showing growth.

Negatives
Unpredictability of demand, networking with right contacts is important.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in arts & crafts and are creative. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

•Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

•Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Working to deadlines – services will be expected to be carried out within a greed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Creative and skilled in making greeting cards.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Hand Made Jewellerymaking hand made jewellery such as bracelets, necklaces, earrings.jewellery, hand-made, retail
Can be based from home. This can then be retailed to other retail outlets or in an outlet / online. Offering a bespoke service to customers; e.g. making from natural products.
Handbag DesignHandbag design and manufacturing
Clothing, Fashion, RetailDesigning and/or manufacturing handbags either for others or as part of own range, in a number of different styles and materials.

Own styles can be displayed at trade fairs and local craft markets with North Tyneside/ North East or sold online via eBay etc
Handyman Servicesgeneral maintenance and repairs
Maintenance, HandymanCarrying out general maintenance and repairs/improvements of both domestic and commercial properties.

Services can include joinery, tiling, painting, etc.
Hardwood Flooring Fitting and TreatmentFitting of hard wood flooring and servicing treatmentsHardwood Flooring, Fitting, Joinery, TreatmentServices either direct to domestic customers, or by linking in with local suppliers of hardwood flooring.

As well as the fitting of the flooring, there is the possibility to offer treatment and repair of different types of hardwood flooring
Hat ShopRetail of a wide range of hats - from casual hats/caps to formal wear.
Hat, Retail, Ebay, Formal wear, Casual wearRetail of a wide range of hats - from casual hats/caps to formal wear.

Based from a retail location within North Tyneside, although products can also be sold online. Other products could be accessories such as fascinators etc.

According to Yell.com there is currently one Hat shop & Milliners located within North Tyneside so differentiating from the competition may show opportunities.
Hazardous Cleaning ServicesCleaning hazardous waste and spillages.Hazardous Waste, CleaningThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To provide a service of cleaning hazardous waste, spillages and decontamination. Services can be on a regular disposal basis, or on a call out basis to cover any spillages etc. Due to the mobile nature of this business there may be no urgent need for business premises, though storage of hazardous waste machinery etc may be required, depending on regulations.
In order to comply with quality regulations and to look into tendering opportunities and help profile of business, becoming ISO 14001 Environmental Management System qualified could be important.

Contacting and/or becoming a member of the Uk Spill Association (formerly BOSCA) can help with things such as marketing services, and being aware of any industry news or changes, but also when starting out can be a good source of information on the spill industry as well as give information on things such as further training or accreditations.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services sector and Domestic Services sector.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

- Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a service. In this case expertise in very specialised to due the potential hazardous nature of the materials being dealt with, so an understanding of relevant methods of different types of spillages is important to help decontaminate areas, and safely dispose of materials.

- Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials to clearly showcase services offered.

- Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within a greed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines. Timescales are quite important with this opportunity as response time will be an important feature of the service, as well as successfully solving any issues


Pros:
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in ¬¬¬cleaning or having a hands on business. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Cons:
Hazardous waste cleaning services may require to have 24-hour call outs due to the nature of the service and fast response is important to the service offerings so although the working hours themselves may not be long initially, having a on-call service may be quite demanding.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an advisor at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills. If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Health and Safety ConsultantFreelance advice and guidance on health and safety carrying out risk assessments to highlight possible safety hazards in the workplace, advising on improvements and needed changes in some cases.
Health & Safety, Consultant, Business Support, AdviceBusinesses must comply with legislation regarding health and safety in the workplace so business must have relevant checks done to avoid possible legal disputes, especially in certain sector where the chance of injury at work is higher.
HGV Servicing & RepairThis opportunity takes a look at providing servicing and repair services within North Tyneside.Servicing, Repair, Mechanic, HGVThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This service will specialise in working on HGV's (heavy goods vehicles) and other large commercial vehicles. Services include general garage services, Accident & Repair, Servicing, MOT etc.

The servicing side of things will be working on all areas of the vehicles including electrics, engine, exhaust and air conditioning systems. General services include:
• Inspecting vehicles for faults
• Highlighting potential repairs
• Giving costs
• Check vehicle is road-worthy

These types of services can be delivered on contract maintenance basis.

To carry out these kind of checks, being properly trained and qualified is important. Courses such as City & Guilds Award and Certificate in Vehicle Maintenance and Repair may help this, along with all relevant experience depending on the services offered. For more information please refer to Institute of the Motor Industry - www.motor.org.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
May be opportunities looking at offering these services as well as being aware of tenders regarding fleets of HGV’s.

Positives
Potential to approach transport companies. Its important to have these kinds of services as having vehicles unrepaired and unusable potentially cost transport companies a lot of money.

Negatives
A lot of the opportunities in this sector maybe tenders which may require partnering with competitors.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Driving/logistics

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in mechanics. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Home BakeryHome bakery ServicesBakery, Food, Home BusinessBased from home supplying caterers with a requested wide range of home bakes pastries and cakes etc.

Allows for low set up costs and flexible working as can fit around other commitments
Home Improvement ServicesDue to the declining housing Market, DIY and home improvement is increasing as people look to improve their homes instead of being able to move.
DIY, decorating, home improvement, renovating
Keynote research feels that home improvements such as painting or loft conversions will have a resurgence, with people looking to stay in their current homes.
Home InsulationInstallation of home wall cavity, and loft insulation.
Insulation, Energy, HeatingInstallation of home wall cavity, and loft insulation.

This helps homeowners be more efficient with their energy, and save on costs - and helps your less co2 - government grants available ranging from 40-70% to subsidise these costs - see www.warmfront.co.uk for more information.
Home Safety AssesmentAssessment of practically of safety around the homes of disabled and/or senior population
Healthcare, ConsultancyAssessing homes of disabled or senior people, on what kind of disability equipment is needed in their home, and helping make recommendations on the different types of equipment/products available to them.

Referrals can come via occupational therapists
Homeopath ConsultantHomeopath Holistic Therapy ServicesHolistic, Therapy, Homepath, Alternative TherapyOffering a holistic therapy service dealing with well being and finding solutions for complaints from patients, which is dependant on a patient’s lifestyle etc to find the most appropriate remedy per patient.

Conditions that are treated include things such as recurrent infections (such as colds, tonsillitis, cystitis); skin conditions, menstrual and menopausal problems, chronic fatigue, migraine, and stress related symptoms such as anxiety and insomnia

Homeopathy is a system of medicine which is based on treating the individual with highly diluted substances given in mainly tablet form, which triggers the body’s natural system of healing' - The Society of Homeopaths. For further information please refer to http://www.homeopathy-soh.org/

There are no formal qualifications required to practice homeopathy, but in order to join The Society of Homeopaths a homeopath must complete a course that conforms to National Occupational Standards (NOS) in homeopathy.

There is 1 other Homeopath consultancy based out of North Tyneside currently marketing themselves, these are based in Whitley Bay.
Horse Breeding and AdviceBreeding thoroughbread foals.
Horses, Breeding, Advice, ExpertisePossible opportunity of horse breeding, in addition to offering advice and expertise on horse breeding and rearing.
Being associated with thoroughbread Breeders'Association (TBA) to help build reputation, and extend contacts/networks.
Horse Riding Instructorhorse riding instructorhorse, tuition, instructionThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

As a horse riding instructor, you role would be to teach people of all ages, levels of ability and experience to ride, either teaching pupils individually or as a group.

As a business it may be an opportunity to have numerous instructors who you would hire out when required.

Your work as an instructor could involve:

• teaching people who want to ride as a leisure activity
• helping individual riders or teams to prepare for competitions like show jumping, eventing or dressage
• developing training programmes suited to individual riders
• giving practical demonstrations
• observing riders in order to spot and help correct problems
• making sure training is carried out safely.

Entry Requirements
Employers will usually expect you to have qualifications from the British Horse Society (BHS) or Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS). To gain the qualifications, you will need to complete training which will give you the skills and knowledge needed to pass the BHS or ABRS exams.

As well as the above, a riding instructor needs to:
• enjoy working with people and to be able to communicate well with all ages
• be patient and be able to work with riders of all abilities
• have human first aid training
• be willing and able to work outside in all weather conditions, although some riding schools have indoor schools
• have good horse riding skills

Why is this an opportunity?
If you like horses and you have a special affinity with them, you can turn your love for this animal into a money making endeavour. Teaching horse riding can be very lucrative and you don't have to be an expert to start your own horse riding school. You don’t even need to own a horse or stables.

Positives
As a fully qualified instructor, you could become a head or senior instructor at a riding school, or a competition judge.

Negatives
Many instructors start out with riding schools, and then move on to being self-employed once they have more experience and have a good local reputation.

Hours are long and irregular and include weekends and evenings

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
• This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in other. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.


Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Hot Drink Machine Rental & ServicingRental of coffee machine & servicing
Machinery Rental, RefreshmentsSupplying tea and coffee machines in public places, offering servicing of the machine and maintaining stock levels.

Leasing to SME's for a low cost way of providing refreshments for things such as training/corporate events facilities
Hot Drinks CartSelling Coffee, Tea, Soup . Situated in areas with high footfall, e.g near metro and bus stations where people may impulse purchase, especially during winter.drink cart, tea, coffee, soupSelling Coffee, Tea, Soup . Situated in areas with high footfall, e.g near metro and bus stations where people may impulse purchase, especially during winter.
Household Bin ArtRetail of stickers and other decorative materials to customise household bins.Art, StickersThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

An opportunity to brighten up local areas by using stickers and bright decorative on household bins. These will be targeting people who rather their bins would look colourful, fun and individual.

This may be a good opportunity to supply this art to people who are trying to help distinguish their own bin from their neighbours, and to give them a ‘make over’.

There are no specific skills that you require to set up this service.

Supplies can be sold via a market stall and/or online. Due to the flexible nature of the business this may be suited to people who are looking to have a smaller business with flexibility, or looking to earn an additional income as demand may not be high enough to replace a full time income.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is an opportunity that was highlighted by a local member of the North Tyneside Community as something they feel is lacking locally and is a service they themselves would purchase. According to the last available census information, there are 85,000 households within North Tyneside.

Positives
Your wheelie bin will become distinctive for your home.

Negatives
There could be a cost implications on getting these designed and printed unless going to use a supplier for this, as well as online competition.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Domestic Services
•E-commerce/online

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Art & Garden/Home. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having an ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, UK wide, or even worldwide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
HVAC ContractorThis opportunity looks at providing a service for HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning) in the North Tyneside Area.HVAC, EngineerThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at providing a service for HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning) in the North Tyneside Area.

The primary use of HVAC is to regulate room temperature, humidity, and air flow, ensuring that such elements remain within their acceptable ranges. Effective control of such factors minimizes health-related risks.

Offering tailored mechanical and electrical building services installations and ongoing maintenance and repair. Commercial contracting services cover heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration, plumbing, mechanical, building services, design installation and facilities provision.

Customers can be both domestic and commercial, though the air conditioning services may be more appealing to businesses.

Why is this an opportunity?
The primary use of HVAC is to regulate room temperature, humidity, and air flow, ensuring that such elements remain within their acceptable ranges. Effective control of such factors minimizes health-related risks.

As part of health & safety, businesses have to provide employees with a comfortable working environment, and room temperature and ventilation is an important part of these requirements.

Positives
Cleaning the A/C and heating components may increase the system's efficiency. These parts include the fans, cooling coils and heat exchangers. HVAC systems cleaning can help reduce a vermin or insect problems in some cases.

Negatives
Schemes that can impact upon work levels such as boiler scrappage schemes are very much dictated by government so use of services can fluctuate.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Domestic Services
•Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are experienced in delivering heating/ventilation services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

This opportunity require a small workspace as an office for any administration tasks, or to store tools.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Hygiene ProductsThis opportunity looks at the supply of a range of hygiene products to businesses both in North Tyneside and further afield depending on demand/capabilities.Hygiene, B2BThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at the supply of a range of hygiene products to businesses both in North Tyneside and further afield depending on demand/capabilities.
As a result of the risk of the previous Swine Flu outbreak in the UK, there is a potential opportunity to sell hygiene products to businesses looking to keep a clean working environment.

Employers have a legal obligation to provide a safe workplace for employees, including helping protect against illness, but equally employers want to protect against an outbreak amongst their workforce, and help ensure business continuity. North Tyneside alone has 6000+ businesses.

Cleaning companies can also be targeted, as they may supply these types of products to a lot of businesses who have these services external.

Products can also be sold online, and this could open up the potential target market to UK wide and possibly domestic customers as well.

Why is this an opportunity?
Since the previous Swine Flu pandemic, people are a lot more aware of the importance of hygiene, and is something that a lot of businesses were encouraged to look at, and keep up.

Positives
Large numbers of companies that will use these types of products that can be potential customers.

Negatives
Usage and supply of these products has improved since the previous flu pandemics so thorough research is needed to distinguish demand/pricing etc.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have knowledge of hygiene and cleaning products. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Online: This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

~ Communicating Effectively - this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

~ Research Skills - in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

~ Working to deadlines - some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

If you feel that you haven't quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based in Suite 10, Saville Exchange, North Shields, NE30 1SE .
HypnotherapyHypnotherapy services
Hypnotherapy, Alternative TherapyUsed as alternative therapy techniques for things such as weight loss or quitting smoking, sports psychology, or even for entertainment purposes.

Being part of trade association can help build credability and reputation, and are good sources of information.

For more information refer to The British Society of Clinical Hypnosis (BSCH) - www.bsch.org.uk/
Ice Cream Stand/CartParticularly opportunities will be in summer along the coast of Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and other coastal areas throughout the North East.
Convenience Food, Food & DrinkSelling ice cream and other convenience snacks and drinks to general public.

Particular opportunities will be in summer along the coast of Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and other coastal areas throughout the North East
Ice Cream vanMobile Retail of convenience food & drinkConvenience food, Mobile Snacks, Food & Drinkselling ice cream and other convenience snacks and drinks to general public. Particluar opportunities will be in summer along the coast of Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and other coastal areas throughout the North East, but the possibility to go around housing estates to attract sales even away from the coast is possible
Indemnity Insurance AdviceAdvising on Professional Indemnity coverInsurance, Business Insurance, AdviceProfessional Indemnity Insurance is compulsory for most professional businesses and services, e.g financial advisors, business advisors, solicitors, etc.

This insurance protects that business's interests against claims for error, omissions, professional neglect for both the principles and their employees
Indian Head MassageOutlet based or mobile provider of alternative therapies
Alternative Therapy, Health CareBased from a retail outlet or mobile, offering various Alternative therapy treatments, but specialising in Indian Head Massage.

Targeting residents of North Tyneside, can also offer or showcase services in local community centres or public events, can also target commercial businesses who may offer these services to staff to help improve motivation, employee happiness, e.g some larger employers such as call centres etc
Industrial Clothing SuppliersThis opportunity looks at the supply of industrial clothing to North Tyneside and possibly North East businesses that provide workwear or uniforms for their employees.Industrial workwearThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at the supply of industrial clothing to North Tyneside and possibly North East businesses that provide workwear or uniforms for their employees.

Products include providing specialised industrial clothing via a retail unit and online.

Type of industrial clothing includes custom workwear, this can be embroidered or printed company logos etc. High visibility clothing, flame retardant clothing, thermals. Hospitality clothing, combat clothing, sport/leisure wear and safety footwear.

The supply of these materials can also be direct to the businesses on a mail order basis.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is an opportunity that has been highlighted by a local SME who feel there could possibly be a gap ion the market to provide workwear for their employees, or for public retail where people may wish to purchase for their own use in North Tyneside.

Positives
Appearance is very important to a lot of companies, so there are a wide range of businesses across a number of sectors that purchase company workwear.

Negatives
For some companies this is a one-off purchase. Thorough research is required to consider types of products people want and to monitor competitors.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services
•Clothing

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in retail, clothing, and health & safety. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Industrial Electrical ServicesThis opportunity looks at industrial electrician services within North Tyneside.Electrician, Installers, TestingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at industrial electrician services within North Tyneside. Industrial electrician services mainly involves the installation, inspection and testing of wiring systems and components in all types of buildings and machinery with electrical components. Work is typically carried out in construction, engineering and manufacturing industries.

There is normally 4 areas’ that an industrial engineer will work including; Panel building, Repair and rewind, Instrumentation, Maintenance.

As work carried out will be ‘onsite’ of customers, there isn’t a huge need for premises initially, however tools and supplies will need to be securely stored. There will also be the need to have access to suitable vehicles due to the mobile nature of the service.

In order to operate as an industrial electrician you must have the Electro technical Services NVQ at Level 3*, awarded by City & Guilds or EMTA Awards Limited.

Tyne Met College runs courses in ‘Certificate in Electrotechnical Technology’ at both Level 2 & Level 3. See www.tynemet.ac.uk for more information.

For further information regarding industrial electrician services, and industry qualification regulations, trade associations are good sources of information. This includes Electrical Contractors Association - www.eca.co.uk and British Standards Institution (BSI) - www.bsi-global.com.

Why is this an opportunity?
Work can be carried out throughout North Tyneside or North East, and due to the wide range of industries that use electrical machinery clients can come from a range of backgrounds, particularly across manufacturing and engineering industries throughout the region.

Positives
Clients can come from a range of backgrounds, particularly across manufacturing and engineering industries throughout the region.

Negatives
Highly skilled service requires continual development to meet industry regulations which can take time and money on an ongoing basis.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and skilled in this type of sector.. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Industrial Removal ServicesRemoval of Industrial machinery/stock
Removal, Industrial RemovalSpecialising in the removal of large industrial machinery, and/or hazardous stock/supplies.

Targetting services to Businesses who may be thinking of relocating.

May be worth making all local councils and companies involved in running managed workspaces aware of services available
Insolvency ConsultantOffering services to businesses that are insolvent and giving guidance during this process.Advice, Guidance, LiquidationThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Insolvency advice and guidance.

Offering services to businesses that are insolvent and giving guidance during this process.

Guiding businesses during the process of insolvency to determine what is best for the business in terms of going into liquidation, helping prevent liquidation, or looking at alternatives.

Liquidation itself is the process of ending the existence of a company by using its assets to pay its liabilities or debts, liquidation can take place either voluntarily or through the courts.

Directors of the companies involved could be potentially legally affected by the insolvency such as being liable for debts, so it is in their interest to seek specialist help.

Being able to advise companies and help protect against these kinds of risks are the key to the service. If the organisation has been liquidated there are a number of legal requirements to be informing the Secretary of state in regard to report findings into directors and the companies’ transactions detailing the last 3 years.

For further information regarding this sector, professional bodies are a good source of information. This includes The Insolvency Practitioners Association (IPA) - www.insolvency-practitioners.org.uk , The Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) - www.r3.org.uk, and Direct Gov; Dealing with debt problems - a guide - http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/ManagingDebt/PlanYourWayOutOfDebt/DG_10013291

Why is this an opportunity?
When facing insolvency problems, businesses will require specialist advice and guidance.

Positives
These services are essential to companies involved in the insolvency process.

Negatives
Very much a specialist sector which requires knowledge and previous experience to help guide businesses.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in business development/consultancy. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Specialist knowledge to advise businesses on insolvency.

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – guidance and advice on insolvency is crucial to the service, and helping advise on particular options available to the businesses and directors.

•Research Skills – client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Installation & Testing of Fire AlarmsInstalling and testing fire alarms and other safety equipment,targeting both domestic homes, and industrial property.
Fire Alarms, Testing, InstallingCarry out servicing and testing of smoke detectors etc – there are 85,000+ households in North Tyneside & 6000+ businesses.
Intellectual Property SolicitorIP Solicitorsolicitor, intellectual propertyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

As a solicitor it would be your job to advise clients about the law, and act on behalf of your clients in legal matters. Your clients could be individuals, groups of people, companies or public organisations.

The different types of solicitor practices could include:
• private practice, where you would provide a range of legal services such as conveyancing, probate, civil and family law, litigation, personal injury and criminal law
• commercial practice, advising and acting for businesses in areas including contract law, tax, employment law and company sales and mergers
• in-house legal advice for companies, the government or local authorities
• the Crown Prosecution Service, examining evidence to decide whether to bring cases to court.

Within this, services can include advising on legal matters, representation of clients in court and legal disputes, drafting letters and legally binding documents.

There could be specific opportunities available in delivering legal services specialist with Intellectual Property. intellectual property solicitors help businesses commercialise, protect, enforce and make the most of their intellectual property rights. Areas of expertise could include:
• Protection of things such as trademarks, copyright, patents, designs
• Brand protection
• Monetising and commercialising IP
• Securing IP rights
• Litigation and enforcing intellectual property rights
• Managing intellectual property
• Intellectual property audits

To become a solicitor, you must first meet the necessary academic standards, and then you must complete vocational training. For further information please refer to Law Society - www.lawsociety.org.uk and Intellectual Property Lawyers' Association (IPLA) www.ipla.org.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
As companies grow and look to expand they need advice around IP to help protect what has been successful about their company or brand currently/or in past as look into areas of growth going forward.

Positives
Very much a specialised subject so not a great deal of competition and the barriers to entry can be very high so maybe unlikely to be a huge amount of competition.

Negatives
Barriers to entry can be quite high.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and have expertise in Intellectual property. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Interior DesignerProviding interior design services to both domestic and commercial customersInterior Design, Decorating, Home ImprovementWork can range from small domestic design, to entire commercial property design with efficient layout etc.

Targeting some of the larger businesses within North Tyneside and the region, and also looking at public tendering opportunities.
Interpreter ServicesFreelance interpreter, providing services for both the public and the private sector.
Interpreting, import, export, communicationThere may be opportunities with business looking to import/ export, and support things such as UK trade missions where communications and language may be a barrier.
Ironing ServicesOffering services to domestic and commercial clients, this could be by a pick up and drop off service, or walk-in to a retail/industrial unit.
ironing, drop in, delivery service
Domestically there are 191,000 residents in North Tyneside according to last census figures commercial clients; there are over 6000+ businesses registered in North Tyneside, with even more in nearby Newcastle.
IT & Telecomms Recruitment AgencyRecruitment agency specialising within the IT and Telecomms sector
IT, Telecomms, Recruitment AgencyRecent research carried out by E skills shows that the industry requires 110,000 new recruits every year, 17 % of which are women in the industry.
IT Hardware SuppliesSupplying IT hardware direct to businesses within North Tyneside which will be used for business use. As an additional service will also assess and recommend what hardware suits each business.IT, SuppliesThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Supplying IT hardware direct to businesses within North Tyneside which will be used for business use. As an additional service will also assess and recommend what hardware suits each business.

Hardware includes PC's, printers, scanners, photocopiers, networking equipment, and mobile phones.

Why is this an opportunity?
This opportunity was highlighted by local North Tyneside businesses at a recent North Tyneside Business Forum flipchart road show event, where some businesses commented on difficulty acquiring both general and bespoke IT hardware.

Positives
Large potential businesses to target, and businesses surveyed feel there is a gap to supply this. Businesses in most sectors not rely on IT in some way, even if it is for admin functions only. Can offer a more personal service to chain retail competitors.

Negatives
In addition to B2B suppliers, a lot of chain retail companies such as PC World, Staples etc target business customers.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and skilled in IT and technology. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a products and/or services offered.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines, especially if businesses are reliant on the IT hardware.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. As technology moves so fast, being aware of the latest development is important as they can help meet customers needs better, and can encourage repeat business from customer who rely a lot on technology and perhaps invest a lot in technological advancements.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
IT TrainingIT training ranging numerous types courses, etc
IT, Training, Services include a range of IT training, ranging from Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner. Could also specialise in using Software training such as Microsoft Publisher etc.

according to e-skills 96% of jobs advertised in the uk require some level of IT competency
Juice BarOperating a juice bar from a retail location, or mobile cart.
Drinks, Retail, Fruit, Health, Smoothie
Smoothie fruit drinks are linked with improving diets and health in children and adults, which is getting huge amounts of media coverage and political courage.

Keynote says fashion trends will influence the drinks market, with smoothies having a “trendy” reputation. Sports drinks and energy drinks had 11% growth in 2008; enhanced water grew by 21% according to BSDF.
Kitchen FitterKitchen Fitting ServiceJoinery, building, DIYThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

A specialised kitchen fitter who would install kitchens in homes and businesses for customers.

Tasks would include fitting cupboards, worktops, appliances, flooring and fittings.

Due to the nature of this opportunity, this service will be mobile in the premises of customers so there are no need for large business premises and the over heads associated. There maybe however, the need for a storage unit for tools and any other required materials depending on home storage etc.

Transport will also usually be required to allow the service to be mobile, which will require access to a van/car, along with a valid driving license.

Why is this an opportunity?
Within the North East Area, there are not many Kitchen Fitters advertised, From a sub-contract perspective there maybe work with building companies, kitchen manufacturers or retailers.

Positives
Kitchen fitters are needed to undertake work on new properties and for renovations of older properties too. There is also the option to offer general carpentry services if required in most cases.

Negatives
Initial cost, would need to purchase own tools and transport.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Home & Garden. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Specialised in providing these types of services given the level of expertise required.

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Kitchen Suites & Accessories RetailRetail of kitchens & accessorieskitchens, retail, accessoriesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This retail store will supply kitchens and accessories, based from a suitable location within North Tyneside. The service can include:
• Measuring service
• Free kitchen design both in store and at home
• Advice and guidance
• Delivery of kitchen
• Installation of kitchen & disposal of packaging

Independent stored that sell these types of products really rely on excellent customer services to make customers shopping experience enjoyable, as a lot of chain stores can be very competitive on price and availability.

The retail store will supply items like below:
• Cupboards
• Sinks
• Mixer taps
• Decorative heating
• Tiles
• Flooring
• Electrical accessories

As well as having a retail store, these items will also be available to purchase through an online store.

There are no formal qualifications required to operate this type of business but experience of these types of products to properly advise customers.

Why is this an opportunity?
There are potentially 2 different types of customers to target:
- A lot of people are looking to improve their home as either an alternative to moving house or the make their home more attractive to purchase during the housing slump.
- And new home purchases where people are looking to renovate.

Positives
The UK market size for kitchen accessories is around £3bn.

Negatives
Major Chain stores are competition and can sell at competitive prices as they buy in bulk.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in home improvement and have knowledge of kitchens. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Ladies Designer Clothes ShopBased within North Tyneside, having a designer woman's clothing store that specialise in premium brands.
Ladies Clothing, Designer, RetailBased within North Tyneside, having a designer woman's clothing store that specialise in premium brands.

The clothing market is worth £42.45bn in the UK according to 3B market Intelligence.

There is also the possibility to sell products online or have a additional Ebay store that will allow customers throughout the UK,or even worldwide to browse and purchase products.
Language ServicesTo provide a service which gives people the oppurtunity of learning a range of different languages.LanguagesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

To provide a service that gives people the opportunity of learning a range of different languages.

The teaching will be from beginner level to advanced, not currently similar services actively marketed within North Tyneside.

Additional services include helping companies with international communication in form of verbal and written communication. With international trading becoming more common things such as reports and cultural awareness of countries dealing with could be beneficial to businesses looking to trade internationally.

An example of this could be Teaching Chinese communications and culture. China is the fastest growing economy and potential exports opportunities for businesses are present.

Services can be offered to both private and public customers, as well as targeting North Tyneside and Northern Region businesses.

Why is this an opportunity?
The UK is a lot more multi cultural now so the interest in learning other languages is popular, from a business point of view the potential to trade internationally and widen customer base offers benefits.

Negatives
Private language tuition can be a wide and varies market, which in some languages is a saturated market, but there is potential in offering services to businesses as a focussed target.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in working with other people, and are highly skilled in one or more foreign language(s). In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

•Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low as the service relies on knowledge, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials. Communication is key with language, so giving clear guidance and getting point of view across is very important.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Lawn Care and LandscapingGarden Landscaping
Gardening, LandscapingGarden lanscaping services maintaining private and public gardens.

Services include weeding, watering, planting and lawn care.

Specialising in Gardening plan, design and construction.
Lawnmower RepairPetrol Lawnmower repair service within North Tyneside.Repair, Lawnmower, ServicesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at a Lawnmower repair service within North Tyneside.

The service specialises particularly in the servicing and repair of petrol lawnmowers, carried out to manufacturer's guidance as there could potentially be a gap in this area.

A North Tyneside resident commented recently that there are very few companies that repair petrol lawnmowers. This could be based out of an industrial unit within North Tyneside or on a mobile basis depending on the preference of the customer.

There could be the potential to offer services to landscape gardeners who my regularly use this type of machinery.

Why is this an opportunity?
Potential gap of this service in the North Tyneside area

Positives
Convenient service to customers. There is a demand for servicing and repair of lawnmowers.

Negatives
Parts to fix these specialised lawnmowers can be expensive, mobile services may impact upon start up costs with vehicle costs etc.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Home & Garden. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

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Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Lead Generation Servicesappointment and business generation for SME'ssales, marketing, consultancyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This opportunity takes a look at operating a lead generation service for SME’s. this service is a 3rd party service that can be delivered on a consultancy basis where main duties would include introducing a product/service to prospective clients, to provide potential leads for more business to customers.

Why is this an opportunity?
This could be making initial enquiries on behalf of businesses that don’t have the time or don’t like making initial enquiries to prospective customers; they are more suited to the 'delivery' of the product or service.

Positives
Some people will not want to make these initial calls as this is not where their skill set is.

Negatives
A lot of similar types of business services may be competition

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in sales and business development. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain
parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Negotiating – being able to negotiate with porspective customers and lead will be a key skill required.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Leaflet DistributionDistributing leaflets on behalf of local businesses whose services are aimed at local residents as part of a marketing campaign
Leaflet Distribution, Promotions, Marketing, FlyersApproaching local businesses that maybe a new start up, or existing businesses that may have a new service/product.

Local bars and clubs within busy town centres such as Whitley Bay, or Newcastle may distribute leaflets to announce any up coming promotions/events
Leather care and repair serviceCleaning and repair of upholstery, specialising in leather.Upholstery, furnitureThe services can range from leather cleaning and protection as well as repairing scruffs and tears of leather.

This can be of home and office furniture or vehicle upholstery. There is the possibly opportunity to offer these services direct the general customers or operate on a B2B basis where services can be targeting insurance companies or local upholstery companies who may have to fix these products under their customers policies or targeting used and new vehicles providers who again may offer these types of services or refurbish trade-in vehicles.

Why is this an opportunity?
Having this type of service can potentially save people a lot of money in having to replace these of products.

Positives
Having this type of service can potentially save people a lot of money in having to replace these of products

Negatives
May have to travel for workload.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and have knowledge of leather care. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend
Lift Engineering ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at operating as Lift Engineering and servicing specialist within North Tyneside.Engineering, repair, servicing, installationThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Lift engineering services are involved in the installation, repair and/or servicing of hydraulic and electrical lifts. Lifts can range from a range of different kinds such as public access lifts, stair lifts, and vehicle lifts etc.

The service can range between pre-booked installation and servicing, as well as emergency call out and repair.

Typical services may include:
• Visiting customers either for agreed visit or emergency call out
• Repairing, installing equipment
• Servicing and investigating lifts and separate parts
• Designing lift equipment and providing specifications to builders etc

Important to the servicing side of the service, is inspecting lift equipment to make sure that it meets relevant health and safety regulations. This includes providing reports that are essential when companies are carrying out risk assessments to demonstrate their responsibility to their legal obligations around this.

In order to operate as a lift engineer you require to have relevant qualifications and experience around mechanical or electrical engineering to work as a lift engineer. Qualifications such as BTEC National Certificate and Diploma in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, or Operations and Maintenance Engineering help demonstrate capabilities.

Why is this an opportunity?
Public buildings require lifts to be regularly services to comply with health and safety, and for access require lifts to be in operation, so if there is a problem they are also required to have them fixed.

Positives
A lot of building and vehicles rely on mechanical and/or hydraulic lifts to allow them to carry out their everyday work.

Negatives
Working hours may be long and inflexible due to offering services such as emergency call outs which customers will usually expect.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in mechanical engineering. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Lighting Retail - North ShieldsRetail shop for lighting in North TynesideRetail, Lighting, Domestic Lighting, Energy, RetailThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Based from a retail location within North Tyneside providing a retail shop for lighting in North Shields and Wallsend. This retail shop will focus on the low energy lighting market which makes this different from other retail lighting stores.

As well as focusing on low energy lighting this retail store will bring the opportunity of selling ranges from low cost domestic to higher cost more industrial lighting.

The lighting retail store needs to be somewhere that is busy and easy accessible to the public, preferably with good parking facilities.

There are no formal qualifications required for opening a lighting retail store.

Why is this an opportunity?
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Positives
The benefits of low energy lighting is getting a lot of media attention, and may be an opportunity with building contractors who are now looking to build their properties as environmentally friendly as possible to help fit in building reg's etc.

Negatives
Large national chains sell lighting so will be competition.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services
•Domestic Services
•Retail
•Health, safety & environmental

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Garden & Home. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Limousine ServiceProvide private hired Limousines for special occasions.Limousines, Private Hire.This opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To provide a rental of private hire Limousines for special occasions such as birthdays, hen parties, weddings etc.

Private hire vehicles can only be booked in advance. Services offered changes the license for the vehicle, in this case private hire licenses are required, and these need to be obtained from North Tyneside council.

As a PHV driver, you can only accept pre-arranged bookings made through a licensed operator. If you use an operating centre - such as a booking office - that is open to the public, you will need public liability risk insurance. If you are using radio equipment, you will need to get this licensed by the Office of Communication (Ofcom).

According to Yell.com there are two other providers of limousine hire in North Tyneside, with 88 companies coverings Tyne & Wear so there may be potential to offer service predominantly locally, but promote services within North East.

Why is this an opportunity?
Private hire of limousines are still very popular for special occasions.

Positives
There can be a high demand for these types are vehicles, particularly during summer wedding seasons.

Negatives
Research will need to be undertaken to monitor demand, and competition. As with businesses of these types, the service is reliant on a reliable vehicle, should there be any problems with the vehicles, and then the service will stop. Potential high start up costs as vehicles will need to be purchased/leased.

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in driving and cars. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – delivering the service on time and to the requests of the customers is important.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Continual research of competition and what they offer is also important.

•Customer Service Skills – these are very important and are a huge part of the service. people are buying an experience with this product and it is usually a one-off purchase but a good experience can help with ‘word-of-mouth’ marketing.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Lingerie ShopSupplying lingerie ranges including bras, knickers, nightwear and swimwear.

This could be sold via retail outlet or online
Lingerie, Underwear, Swimwear, ClothingSupplying lingerie ranges including bras, knickers, nightwear and swimwear.

This could be sold via retail outlet or online

All ranges can be supplied but niche markets such as large breasted women could be specialised in store or online.

In North Tyneside there are 99,000 females, although on average 20% will be aged 16 or under, according to the last available Census information
Local Events WebsiteWebsite to promote all events in North TynesideLocal EventsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

There are a number of events in North Tyneside and the North East across a number of different sectors and interests but there is a gap for a comprehensive events information source showing what is going on in region, pubs/clubs etc. companies could pay to list their events or affiliate marketing may bring in revenue.

There are websites that do promote what events are running in the local area, and there is information in local newspapers such as The Metro which detail what events are on, but again not a comprehensive list.

The website will need to have attractions and benefits that will interest companies to sign up to use this for their businesses.

Why is this an opportunity?
There are a lot of events that happen in North Tyneside and the North East across a number of different sectors and interests but there is a gap for a comprehensive events information source.

Positives
People are interested in local events, and a place to promote and highlight all local events may prove very popular.

Negatives
Various websites promote local events so marketing and promotion is important.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in local events and the local community. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – communication is very important to be up to date with local events so all the information available on the website is as current as possible.

•Organising – making sure all the information is up to date on the site and delivers its aim.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research can also be important to help keep up to date with any new events being planned.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Local Produce CafeCafe, Take Away, or Restaurant that only sell food made from local produce.Food, Retail, Cafe, Take Away.This opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

As a business the might be difficult to run the whole menu from local produce due to supplies, could make this to be one specialised night per week

A service that specialises in retail offering high quality catering that provides cuisine made from local produce.

It is important to offer very high quality food, because of the ingredients used, customers will expect high quality, as this will be required in price due to cost of ingredients.

To avoid alienating a large part of the customer base then some food prepared may be from ingredients more commonly used, but the USP of the service is the retail of local produce.

This opportunity could allow people to operate this venture from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type.

Additional service such as outside catering could be considered to widen services.

This was an opportunity that was highlighted by local North Tyneside residents at a recent Business Factory event as something they feel was missing within locally.

There are no formal qualifications required to run a restaurant/take away, but there are courses such as Professional Cookery, L2, and Catering & Hospitality courses that TyneMet college run that could be of use, or courses around food manufacture and preparation, food safety delivered by City & Guilds.

In order to supply food, it is required that you register with the Environmental Health department of North Tyneside Council.

Why this is an opportunity
This was an opportunity that was highlighted by local North Tyneside residents at a recent Business Factory event as something they feel was missing within locally.

Positives
Good food can have cost implications and are normally expensive to buy the ingredients

Negatives
Pricing is crucial as the balance between quality and the price what people are willing to pay needs to be thoroughly researched. Taking into account the cost of procuring local ingredients needs building into potential prices.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in cooking. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
LocksmithServices include installation of new locks, and repair of current locks
Locksmith, Security, B2B, B2CAdditional call out services such as urgent opening of locks can be available to both the domestic and commercial sector within North Tyneside and North East if demand is there.

Being affiliated to organisations such as Mater Locksmiths Association (MLA) can help build credability and increase marketing.
Loft ConversionsLoft conversions to home owners in North Tyneside and the North East.Loft Conversion, Home ImprovementThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Loft conversions to home owners in North Tyneside and the North East.

Arranging the appropriate guidelines and plans and ensuring that the loft conversion is completed successfully and to the high possible standard.

Pros: as the housing market is still having a dip due to mortgages being difficult to obtain and prices having lowered since 2008, some home owners look to develop current properties with improvements such as loft conversions and other structural improvements to properties help make homes larger and add value to the property.

Cons: it can be a saturated market as general builders may also offer loft conversion services, and rising material costs can impact on profit margins.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Domestic Services


Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in the building industry. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting. Hobbies that may suit this opportunity include home improvements and DIY, and being creative with design to help with layout of these types of services.

This opportunity may not need any business premises due the nature of the services carried out, but there maybe a requirement for storage for tools and equipment to be stored overnight. There will need to be investment into the purchasing of tools or funds for the hire of specialist tools initially, and a van to help transport them from job to job.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

Problem Solving: taking into account customers brief and help designing a solution, or turning a customers plan into reality to comply with health and safety and structural guidelines.

Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within a greed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.
Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure work is carried out efficiently.

Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an advisor at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills. If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Low Fat TakeawaysSpecialising in providing take-aways that are lower fatFood, Take AwayConsumers are a lot more health conscious, so providing take-aways that are healthier and of lower fat, may well appeal to these people.

For example in Indian food, recipes using ghee-alternatives are healthier options and may appeal more to these consumers.
Manufacture of Railing and FencingManufacture of handrailing and fencing/gates in wrought ironManufacturing, Railing, InstallationLiasing with design/prototyping companies, manufacturing to specification.

Could offer services to both direct to consumers and to the commercial market, such as fencing/gate installations or general renovation/builder services - in addition there may also be tendering opportunities

In addition there could also be the opportunity to offer installation of these products.
Manufacturing Systems Engineerand install new manufacturing equipmentsystems, engineer, consultancyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

As a manufacturing systems engineer you would work with production managers in factories to design and install new manufacturing equipment and assembly lines. You might also be involved in the building of new manufacturing plants.

You would manage each phase of a project, overseeing the work of technicians and other professionals. Your duties could include:
• estimating costs for bids and tenders, covering equipment, time and labour
• building 3-D models with computer-aided design/manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software
• testing systems and analysing data to work out the most cost-effective production methods
• presenting plans to managers and clients for their approval
• installing new equipment and machinery
• investigating and fixing production problems
• drawing up operation and training guidelines.

Your overall aim would be to help the factory produce goods on time, on budget and to strict quality standards.

Entry Requirements

You could start work as a trainee engineer if you have foundation degree, BTEC HNC/HND or degree in a subject like:
• manufacturing systems engineering
• electrical or electronic engineering
• mechanical engineering
• production or manufacturing engineering.

You might work standard office hours Monday to Friday, or you could work shifts and or be involved in an on-call rota, depending on the project.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
• This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in other. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Marketing ConsultantOffering freelance marketing support to start up and SME's in North Tyneside and Tyne and WearMarketing, Consultancy, Market Research, Business SupportTargeting companies who don't have the resources to employ marketing departments.

Companies House has 5000+ companies registered in North Tyneside, who may be potential customers.

Once established, consultants can go on things such as the Business Link preferred suppliers list and give support to their clients.
Martial Arts classMartial Art tuition to a range of different age groups and competencies
Martial Arts, Sportsteaching disciplines such as mixed martial arts to a number of different age groups, ranging from beginners to advanced. Possible opp to deliver in Whitley Bay as similar services are limited.

Can be based out of community/sports centres across North Tyneside should demand be there
Medicals for Offshore IndustryCarrying out ENG1 Seafarers Medicals by an approved doctorMedical, OffshoreThis opportunity is a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. This engagement is aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Carrying out ENG1 Seafarers Medicals by an approved doctor

During our recent North Tyneside business survey a local SME highlighted an opportunity being they would use the local services of a local doctor who can provide ENG1 Seafarers medicals for the offshore industry, instead of sending clients to different parts of the UK.

Currently there is no where in the North East that do this that are registered with the relevant trade associations and currently work is outsourced to the Aberdeen area.

Medicals to cover hearing, sight, lung function, drugs screening. These doctors would have to be registered with the relevant offshore bodies etc.
ENG1 Seafarers Medicals are the main medical fitness certification for those who work at sea. An MCA (Marine and Coastguard Agency) approved doctor is required to issue the ENG1 certificate after a full medical has taken place. For more information please see able on the MCA’s website at www.mcga.gov.uk

Why this is an opportunity
Identified by a local SME as a service they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Positives
This is a service that could do really well in the North Tyneside area as there is not currently anything like this in this area.

Negatives
Need to be qualified and accredited by relevant offshore organisations. For further details see http://www.dft.gov.uk/mca/

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:
Be accredited to carry out relevant medicals, fully trained doctor - For more information please see able on the MCA’s website at www.mcga.gov.uk

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Mobile Alteration ServicesSeemstress - offering a pick up/ drop off service which specialises in the alteration of unisex clothing.
Seemstress, Alterations, ClothingIn addition alteration of clothing, also the replacement of press stud/ buttons and darning.

Possible opportunity to link in with clothing stores throughout the North East who may need these services, such as bridal shops, Fancy Dress suppliers etc.
Mobile Caravan EngineerThis opportunity takes a look at operating a Trailer & Caravan Servicing from a base within North Tyneside.Mobile, Repair, CaravanThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at operating a Trailer & Caravan Servicing from a base within North Tyneside. Given the nature of the service, the service can be carried out on a mobile basis, or from a workshop.

The service could provide a fully mobile servicing and repairs for all types of vehicles including:
• caravans
• motor homes
• horse trailers
• light trailers

These services can be carried out with North Tyneside and the surrounding areas.

Much like cars, vans and other vehicles, it is important for trailers to be regularly serviced and repaired.

Other services that can be carried out include:
• Pre-purchase Inspection and Report – a purchase of something as expensive as a motor home is a huge decision, so have specialist advice and guidance can help people make the right decision.
• Internal repairs – repairs to the internal décor of the vehicle.
• Emergency call outs – break downs can ruin a family holiday, or impact on the running of a business.

In order to carry out these types of services knowledge of the caravan and motor vehicle industries in essential. For further information in this sector and how to become accredited in the quality scheme, please refer to Mobile Caravan Engineers Association (MCEA) - www.mobilecaravanengineers.co.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
The safety of trailers and caravans is important for the safety of all motorists.

Positives
Services can be delivered to a range of different vehicles. Being aware of caravan sites and potential users of the service is important research, but with coastal towns spread throughout the North East there may be opportunities.

Negatives
Requires expertise and experience.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Domestic Services
• Driving/logistics

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have experience of the caravan and motor vehicle industry. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Mobile DJProviding a mobile DJ and disco service.
DJ, Disco, PartiesPerforming at different occasions such as parties, wedding, etc.

Possibilities to link in and gain regular business from local pubs/social clubs, etc.
Mobile Hairdressermobile hairdresserhairdresser, mobile, hair, stylistThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

As a mobile hairdresser you will visit clients home and cut, colour and shape their clients' hair to create the style they request.

As a qualified hairdresser your work would include:

• discussing with the client how they want their hair done, giving advice and suggesting ideas for suitable styles
• shampooing and conditioning
• cutting and styling
• colouring, perming or straightening
• advising on minor hair and scalp problems
• making appointments and handling payments
• ordering materials
• making sure that hair products containing chemicals are used and stored correctly.

You could specialise in a particular client group or technique, for example, traditional men's barber shop services or Afro-Caribbean techniques such as pressing, braiding and plaiting.

Entry Requirements
You can train as a hairdresser either full-time or part-time at a college, or by working as a trainee, learning on the job and attending college on day-release. Whichever option you choose, you can complete NVQs in Hairdressing and Barbering. From August 2010 the NVQs will be replaced by new qualifications including:

• Level 1 NVQ Certificate in Hairdressing and Barbering
• NVQ Diploma in Barbering at levels 2 and 3
• NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing at levels 2 and 3

Why is this an opportunity?
Due to the target market, this service maybe best suited to being a mobile service where a hairdresser would travel to clients for both customers and to save overheads of a salon.

Positives
By taking the appropriate further qualifications, you could move into teaching and/or NVQ assessing.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
• This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in hairdressing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Mobile Music TuitionMobile Music Tuition, this take place at the home of customers or other agreed placesMusic, Tuition, LearningCan specialise in certain instruments such as acoustic/electric guitar, or piano, etc or offer tuition on a range of instruments.

Visiting customers in their own home to give musical tuition. Can range from beginner to advanced.

This may suit customers within North Tyneside who are interested in learning an instrument but struggle to fit it around a full time job and don’t have the time to attend things such as night classes at college
Mobile Nail TechnicianMobile Beauty Therapy ServicesBeauty Services, Nail Technician, Beauty SalonServices include manicure, pedicure, nail treatment, nail art and various other forms of nail enhancement.

Services can be carried out throughout North Tyneside if viable, also possibility to offer these services to larger organisations for staff, and can showcase skills at local public events to help build reputation and customer base
Mobile Phone AccessoriesRetail of Mobile Phone Accessories via retail outlet or online.
Accessories, Retail, PhoneRetail of mobile phone accessories, based out of a retail unit or stall in addition to possibly selling online via Ebay etc.

Products ranging from chargers, changeable phone covers, cases, memory cards, batteries and other spare parts etc
Mobile Spray Tan Serviceoffering a mobile spray tanning service, going to customers homes as added convenience for them.
Tanning, Beauty Procedures, Spray TanOffering services predominantly to North Tyneside residents, and possibly further afield depending on demand.

Despite mass media coverage of the health implications of regularly using sunbeds, tanning is still very popular.

Spray tanning is a healthier alternative, and with there being increasing demand for sunbeds to be banned, as already being back by government by banning under 18's, spray tanning could help grow spray tanning.

Usually it would be more profitable to take a few bookings in one session, or have 'spray tan parties'
Mobile Stationery SupplyMobile supply van of general stationery productsStationery, Supply, MobileThis opportunity is a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. This engagement is aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.


Mobile supply van of general stationery products.

Stationery is a common service that a lot of North Tyneside businesses have highlighted. Many businesses have had trouble sourcing a reliable and cost effective supplier, and source supplies from local supermarkets etc

Why this is an opportunity?
Making stationery purchases convenient to customers by taking the products to them and increasing the chance of impulse purchases, will be beneficial to the business as it will save them time and fuel costs of having the go to nearby supermarkets, etc but also have regular stationery drops off etc

Positives
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available. Stationery is a common need of a lot of North Tyneside businesses that The Business Factory has engaged with, a common barrier is convenience to the businesses, as a lot of the businesses that are in particular based on the trading estates, have to travel in order to buy general stationery.

Negatives
Research of routes is important to make sure particular areas are cost effective. Some may be price sensitive to the extra costs that could be built in on a mobile basis to cover other costs such as fuel etc.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services and Driving/logistics.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in being self employed in a flexible opportunity, where it won’t be office based, 9-5. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working: With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Organising - being able to organise the delivery of the service in the most efficient and cost effective way.
•Research Skills – in some sectors clients’ needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research into pricing of what customers are prepared to pay and how this would impact on the cost of supplying mobile stationery is very important, trying to find routes that are the most beneficial e.g. industrial estates with large numbers of businesses may be a good place to visit – but again research is important.
•Must have a suitable vehicle to deliver service mobile and have a valid driving license.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Mobile TattooistTattoo consultation and art work carried out on a mobile basis.Tattoo, MobileThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Tattoo consultation and art work carried out on a mobile basis.

This will provide a mobile service and as tattoos are becoming increasingly popular due to fashion trends and mass media exposure from celebrities having tattoos this has now become a familiar part of the UK culture. This will offer a mobile service carrying out non permanent services in client’s homes.

Before starting this Mobile tattooist service business, tattooists need to ensure all forms are complete and need to be registered with the Environmental Health department as well as pass Environmental Health inspections.

Why is this an opportunity?
Tattoos are becoming increasingly popular and if the service is on a mobile basis it could be a lot more convenient for clients. If demand is such that people are travelling distance due to a good reputation, then a mobile service could well be something that clients are interested in.

Positives
More convenient for clients.

Negatives
Due to the mobile nature of the service, may be expensive the transform a vehicle into a mobile work place and passing Environmental Health inspections more challenging.

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or already trained as a tattoo artist. They will need to be creative to help discuss with customers what they require. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Motivating People – it is important for a tattoo artist to help there customers feel at ease so their experience is a positive one. This can help repeat business and spread word of mouth advertising.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the services and personal workload to make sure that clients aren’t let down, and to also build into the costs things such as fuel and other expenses.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Having artwork that is current and fashionable maybe important to attract some customers.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Mobile Thai MassageThai Massage and therapy services based either out of a Salon or on a mobile basis.Alternative Therapy, Massage, Beauty TherapyThai Massage and therapy services based either out of a Salon, or on a mobile basis with North Tyneside or Tyne and wear depending on demand.

There are currently around 3 other companies offering Thai Massage services based within North Tyneside.

Resources such as The Thai Massage Organisation have information of courses etc and can be a good source if information. See www.thai-massage.org.uk for further details
Mobile Vehicle Maintenance & RepairMobile vehicle repair service at a customers home, place of work or within a certain distance.Mobile, Mechanic, Repair, AutomotiveMobile vehicle repair services.

Offering services such as repairs at clients home or place of work, in addition to road side assistance where a emergency call out fee could also be required.

Targeting commercial clients who have a need for reliable transport and quick solutions to motoring problems such as taxi companies, hire cars, couriers etc.

There is also the potential opportunity to link in with car workshops that may have surplus of work on or have staff shortages.
Mobile Vet And Animal CareOffering an on call service and based from a surgery taking care of sick animals, particularly domestic animals.
Mobile Services, Vets, AnimalsOpportunities may be present in becoming affiliatied providers of animal care to pet insurance companies.
Model Making ServiceThis opportunity takes a look at potentially offering a model making service based from North Tyneside.Model Making, DesignThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

A model making service is tasked with designing and making 3D models to scale, to show how a new building/product etc will look but without the large costs involved of building an actual prototype in some cases. In terms of projects such as buildings were building a prototype is highly unlikely, it allows for a new design to be tested.

• Typical service provided to a customer will involve meeting with clients and designers to discuss their concepts and the requirements of the model. Using things such as CAD to develop idea.
• Building the design through hand methods or machinery

There is no legal obligation to become a model maker, though training usually help people develop their skills and demonstrates capabilities to customers.

Helpful courses may include:

• ABC Level 3 Award in Model Making and Presentation
• BTEC National Certificate, HNC or HND in 3D Design
• Or City and guild courses in 3D Studies, Diploma, Awards and Certificate in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing.

Why is this an opportunity?
Model making and scale designs are an important aspect of design and building work so may be an opportunity to link in with complimentary sectors such as designers, architechts, builders etc.

Positives
You do not need any qualifications to become a model maker

Negatives
May have to work out of area to have regular work.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in design. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Modelling AgencyModelling Agency Services
Modelling, Fashion, RecruitmentProviding services of representation of models ranging from glamour, fashion/catwalk, celebrity lookalike, children, targetting fashion design, advertising campaigns, extras etc
Mortgage AdvisorProviding guidance on independent mortgage options to suit individual needs
Mortgages, Mortgage Agreement, Financial adviceThis maybe assisting clients with new mortgages or adjusting current mortgages that people have, keeping up to date wth the latest offerings from lenders - could possibly specialise in first time buyers or remortgaging etc to differeniate from competition
Motor Cycle TrainingIntroductory and Advanced levels of motorcycle trainingDriving, Instructor, MotorbikeProviding accredited training to people looking to learn to ride motorcycles

Tuition to people looking to gain their Compulsory Basic Training (CBT) qualifications allowing them to ride motorbikes and scooters. Advanced Courses can also be offered

Refer to DSA (Driving Standards Agency) for further information on becoming a CBT or DAS Instructor
Music clubMusic club, learning and practicing a range of musical instruments
Music, EducationMusic club targeting a range of different age groups.

Services can be ran either as a club to the general public of all ages and abilities, as well as offering these services to local schools and colleges whose students may be interested in 'after-school' clubs where they can get extra tuition and practice.
Music StudioMusic Studio Facilities
Music, Studio, RecordingBased from a unit providing a sound proofed studio with recording equipment that is available to rent out to local musician, etc to make demo cd’s etc.

Studio can be rented out on a hourly basis for recording and rehearsal purposes
Musical Instrument Tuning and RepairMobile tuning and repairing of various instrumentsMusic, Instruments, MaintenancePossible opportunity to offer services such as mobile piano tuning, targetting schools, music clubs etc. and offering a mobile service to domestic users who may not have the required equipment or expertise to tune instryments themselves.
MusicianPerforming in different occasions such as weddings/parties, pubs/clubs etcMusic, Entertainment, Private BookingsWorking as a self employed musician providing live entertainment suited for wedding parties, corporate and society events throughout Tyne & Wear.

Live entertainment is increasingly popular with a number of pubs running live entertainment on a regular basis.

Using Social Networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is a good way of marketing and building contacts and reputation in this sector.

According to Yell.com there are 487 pubs in Tyne and Wear, with 79 of them in North Tyneside that could potentialy use these services, as well as other booked functions
Mystery Shopping ServicesOffering a mystery shopping service, predominantly in the retail sector and also possibly manufacturing sector etc
Mystery Shopping, Retail, Customer ServicesSpecialist sectors such as Car retail may be suited to experienced people from that sector that know levels of service expected etc.
Nail Techician SalonBased out of a salon, services provided are nail treatment such as manicures and pedicures, nail extensions and nail art work. Beauty Therapy, Treatments, SalonThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Based out of a salon, services provided are nail treatment such as manicures and pedicures, nail extensions and nail art work.

There are various nail technician qualifications available that can help build and prove competencies. For information on Nail Technician courses at TyneMet College please follow link:
http://www.tynemet.ac.uk/courses/hair-beauty/course-2984

Although nail technicians is quite a competitive market, it is fashion led so being constantly up to date with fashion can help differentiate from competition.

In addition to this offering other beauty services can be provided to widen treatments offered. Please check with North Tyneside Council regarding any required licences required.

Why is this an opportunity?
Though there can be competition with mobile providers, according to Yell.com there are 4 other nail technicians in North Tyneside.

Positives
Pamper activities such as nail art and other beauty treatments are very popular services required.

Negatives
Thorough research is required to determine factors such as demand in certain areas, competitors, and pricing strategies.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Retail & Beauty.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in beauty treatments. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

•Retail:
this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Other trends maybe things such as fashion which can be important and being ahead of competition with fashion and offering services what customers want can help attract more business.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Niche RecruitmentThis opportunity looks at Specialised/Niche recruitment services.Recruitment, SpecialisedThis opportunity looks at Specialised/Niche recruitment services.

This opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Offering specialised recruitment online for the North East area, operating recruitment services specialising within specific areas. Businesses are more likely to recruit from a service that understands their industry or sector better, as they will know the types of people and skills that are required.

Offering a service that has a professional understanding of skills, understands clients requirements, provide full support during the recruitment process, helps carefully match client needs with the highest calibre candidates and assist candidates to establish the right career move.

Trade associations are good sources of information about different sectors, and sector news. For industry news on recruitment etc. The Recruitment & Employment Confederation, which is the representative body for recruitment may be useful, see - www.rec.uk.com

An example of a specific sector could be the IT and Telecoms sector. Recent research carried out by E skills shows that the industry requires 110,000 new recruits every year, 17 % of which are women in the industry.

Why is this an opportunity?
Specialist recruitment for service sector or admin etc.

Positives
During times of high redundancies, recruitment agencies are potentially in high demand, and there are a large number of skilled candidates to work with.

Negatives
A lot of businesses have to make cuts, so this will effect recruitment strategies of companies. There needs to be industry and sector experience in most cases if the recruitment service is sector-specific.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in working with people and have experience of HR/recruitment. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Negotiating – being able to deal with a number of different people ranging from businesses to candidates.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Non-Destructive Testing ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at offering NDT services on a freelance basis within North Tyneside.Testing, inspectionThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This service will include the inspection of certain structures and materials to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage to it. These inspections are to find corrosion, cracks, flaws and other imperfections, which could affect their performance and reliability.

Methods of testing can include:

Visual Inspection – This would be completed by using lenses, CCTV and fibre optic cameras

Dye Testing – You would be responsible for staining surfaces with fluorescent liquid, which shows up flaws when under ultraviolet lighting

Radiographic Testing – By using X-rays to find internal faults

Resonant Testing – 'listening' to the growth of cracks or flaws by monitoring the acoustic vibrations of a structure, for example a bridge support.

Ultrasonic Testing – firing high frequency sound pulses into materials and analysing the differences in the reflected signals

In manufacturing, you would work with materials at every stage of production to make sure they are safe. It is important that none of the materials that are inspected are affected by any of the methods as this in itself could cause damage.

In order to operate this type of service you would need to be relevantly qualified and experienced enough to carry a range of testing, or be specialised in certain areas. For further information please refer to SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance) - www.semta.org.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
In order to avoid any potential problems with production or structures, materials need testing.

Positives
Many manufacturing companies based within the North East that cold potentially use this type of service.

Negatives
Very specialised and niche sector.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in manufacturing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
North Tyneside ToursFacilitating a North Tyneside Tours serviceTours, HistoryThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at facilitating a North Tyneside Tours service. Organising a service of visiting North Tyneside landmarks. This could include visiting Segedunum, looking at the famous ship building history, visiting any vessels that maybe in port at Royal Quays, Tynemouth Priory and Castle, Church of Holy Cross, Blue Reef Aquarium, as well as tours of the coastal areas.

The tour could include partnering with local businesses where customers could have stops in arranged places for refreshment breaks, where participants may be encouraged to purchase with things such as discounts etc.

Links will local businesses may be very important as they could help deliver the service, such as local coach hire company's partners to deliver the services.

Why is this an opportunity?
Great for visitors in the North East, there is no service as such in North Tyneside at present. With development plans such as redevelopment of places such as Wallsend Golf club may bring more people into the area, additional services such as local tours could prove successful.

Positives
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Heavily relies on uptake of service and tourism.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in North Tyneside heritage. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Office SuppliesSupply of offices supplies to businesses in North Tyneside. This includes products such as office general stationery and IT hardware.Stationery, Hardware, Office suppliesThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. This engagement is aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Supply of offices supplies to businesses in North Tyneside. This includes products such as office general stationery and IT hardware.

Office suppliers for any necessary equipment that is required. This includes notebooks and paper, desktop stationery, packaging, filing, diaries, labels, pens, etc as well as hardware such as computers, monitors, laptops, printers etc.

A lot of the businesses said they tend to purchase their stationery from supermarkets, and hardware from chain retail stores but would be prepared to purchase from a specialist supplier, especially as this would be more convenient to them.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is an opportunity highlighted by a number of businesses at a local North Tyneside Business Forum event, where they feel that there is an opportunity to supply office supplies of both stationery and hardware to businesses in North Tyneside.

Positives
This has been a regular request when surveying North Tyneside businesses, as they look for more alternative options to purchasing from retail outlets themselves.

Negatives
There are a lot of stationary suppliers in the north east so it is quite a saturated market.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in having a flexible job that won’t be office based and allows you to meet new people. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials. It is important to understand exactly what customers are asking for, and to deliver what they exoect to encourage repeat purchases.

•Working to deadlines – products will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products to meet customer’s demands, and to arrange stock and take payments etc.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Online animal foods supplierOnline retail of a range of pet foods
Pets, Food, AccessoriesSupply of pet foods such as dog and cat food, specialist food such as fish and bird food, along with treats and accessories for a range of different animals.

To get a idea of market size just in dogs and cats in 2006 research showed there was approximately 10.3m cats, and 10.5m dogs.
Online Business DirectoryAn online directory that will cover the whole of the North East area. This directory will allow businesses to describe their business and advise who they can help and the services that they provide.Directory, Online, MarketingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

An online directory that will cover the whole of the North East area. This directory will allow businesses to describe their business and advise who they can help and the services that they provide.

The online directory can cover the whole of North East, each business can describe their businesses are who they can help section, in addition to a section where they can list any new services/ special offers or promotions etc, will also can have a social networking aspect to the directory.

Why is this an opportunity?
To help market the information of businesses to residents and other businesses in North Tyneside and beyond.

Positives
On a local level it may be useful to have a listing that is comprehensive in all of the different sectors along with contact information such as email, contact name and description. This can possibly help with trying to keep business in the region by helping companies market what products/services they provide.

Negatives
Platforms such as Yell.com and Thomson local are well established in a similar market sector.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in marketing and having a flexible opportunity. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

•Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials. Important to have a large range of the business community listed so networking and communication is essential.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research into finding customers and being aware of competition may also be required.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Organic Baby & Children ClothingThis opportunity takes a look at the retail of specialist clothing from a North Tyneside.Clothing, Fashion, OrganicThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at the retail of specialist clothing from a North Tyneside.

This could be an opportunity to provide these types of products, as there could be a gap to provide this, given the amount of money that is spent on baby clothing. Thorough research is required to determine retail location. This baby retail store will be different from others as it will focus on organic baby and children clothes and this is something that is not currently available in the North Tyneside area.

Consumers are more willing to look at purchasing clothing from more ethical sources. According to the Soil Association, the current Economic downturn is having an affect on organic clothing and textiles in general, but this will pick up in 2010, and it is expected sales of organic clothing and textiles will nearly treble between 2008-2012 to reach £280m in sales. This compares to sales of £100m in 2008. Mintel market analysts believe that the ethical clothing sector has a bright future in terms of growth.

As well as having a retail store, these items will also be available to purchase through an online store.

There is no formal requirements to have any qualifications to operate this type of venture, having knowledge of these types of products can be important to try and persuade customers, but this can be learned and general customer service skills can be developed. What is important is to decide the platforms for which these types of products are best to the sold on and to best communicate with customers, along with finding a reliable supplier of this type of clothing.

Why is this an opportunity?
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Organic clothing in general is forecast to be a growth market of the clothing sector, but having organic baby & children clothing may in particular be popular, due to the health factor being involved with children’s clothing.

Positives
This is an opportunity that was highlighted by a local member of the North Tyneside Community as something they feel is lacking locally and is a service they themselves would purchase.

Negatives
Price to purchase clothing will be more than other clothing.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Retail
• E-commerce/online

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fashion. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Organic Coffee ShopAn organic coffee shop which use supplied organic coffee and coffee beans.Coofee, Shop, Food, OrganicThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

An organic coffee shop which use supplied organic coffee and coffee beans. Organic coffee has been grown according to organic farming standards and techniques, without the use of artificial fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides.

Based from a retail location within North Tyneside providing a coffee shop selling organic tea, coffee and other refreshments along with food and snacks.

In order to differentiate from other coffee shops there can be specific meeting facilities, and seating areas etc to attract usage from local businesses that are looking for informal places to meet clients and catch up.

This coffee shop needs to be somewhere busy with good parking facilities, ideally based within a workspace which may have a specialist need for these type of business facilities, possibly near businesses workspaces etc.

There are no formal qualifications required to operate selling coffee and food, but there are courses such as Food Preparation, Level 1that TyneMet college run that could be of use, or courses around food manufacture and preparation delivered by City & Guilds.

In order to supply food, it is required that you register with the Environmental Health department of North Tyneside Council.

Organic coffee is coffee that has been grown according to organic farming standards and techniques, without the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.
Many producers exclusively use the three main coffee certifications: shade-grown, organic, and Fair Trade. They do this in an effort to create a more environmentally and socially responsible product as well as to market it to more affluent socially responsible consumers

Why is this an opportunity?
Some people will, when available, prefer to purchase food/beverages from organic sources.

Positives
Organic Coffee is high in antioxidants, vitamins and mineral content. Organic Coffee is free of pesticides and chemical fertilisers, which means no residues, and reduced risk of chemical ingestion.

Negatives
Higher cost, and setting up of the business could be costly.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Food & Drink

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Food & Drink. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

•Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Organic Foods CatererOrganic food catering service within North Tyneside.Caterinf, Food, OrganicThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at providing a catering service within North Tyneside, for special occasions such as Weddings or events where food is prepared from organic ingredients when possible.

To stand out from other caterers, ingredients used are organic, free-range, wild, sustainable, non-gm, British seasonal produce.

Organic buffet is becoming established as a quality buffet alternative for meetings, business lunches, conferences, presentations, weddings, birthday parties, any corporate & private events, cold & hot food, lunch & evening events.

Maybe more suited to having organic catering as an additional option for caterers as the costs involved may make it a captive audience.

Why is this an opportunity?
Using organic ingredients can be quite unique, and can be a quirky service.

Positives
By promoting organic & local food, small producers/growers, Organic Buffet does perfectly fit in the green ethical policies put into place by some corporate companies, local authorities, charities.

Negatives
Organic food is more expensive than conventionally produced food which could be reflected in cost.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services
•Domestic Services
•Health, safety & environmental

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Food & Drink. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having an ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, UK wide, or even worldwide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Organic Fruit and Vegetable SuppliesSupplying/retailing organic fruit and veg
Organic, Fruit, VegetablesBased out of a retail unit both as shop or indoor market, also possible opportunity to deliver supply to restaurants etc.

Organic food has increased demanded due to media coverage and researchinto the benefit of eating organic, and ethnical benefits of organic.

UK consumers spend £1.2bn a year on organic food. Keynote forecast sales of UK organic food in will reach £2.66 bn by 2010
Osteopath ServicesThis opportunity looks at operating an osteopath service in the North Tyneside area.Osteopath, Therapy, HealthThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This opportunity looks at operating an osteopath service in the North Tyneside area.

Osteopaths work hands-on to both investigate and treat an underlying cause of pain.

They work with clients to help them ease pain; develop muscles, bones, ligaments, nerves and joints, to help clients with pain relief and to increase mobility.

As an osteopath, typical clients who may use the service include; older people with arthritis, adults with lower back pain, people with/recovering from a sports injury, women going through posture changes caused by pregnancy.

After examining a client’s health problems and medical history, a course of action will then be decided to best treat, this may be on the course of:
• Massage – soft tissue
• Deep pressure
• Joint mobilisation – e.g. gentle movement, stretching muscles and joints.
• Manipulation

There may also be the opportunity to offer services to businesses to help with their health and safety procedures, e.g. helping with posture etc.

To work as an osteopath, you will need to complete an approved degree or Masters degree, and gain registration with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). If you are already medically qualified, a shorter programme may be available.

For further information please see The General Osteopathic Council - http://www.osteopathy.org.uk/

In order to register as an osteopath you are required to have a CRB check.

In terms of competition, according to Yell.com there are 3 other osteopaths based within North Tyneside.

Note: you will also need public liability insurance

Why is this an opportunity?
There maybe opportunities to operate within the private sector, in addition to NHS opportunities.

Positives
There are a wide range of potential clients, and with expected increases in things such as obesity, this may bring about the need for these types of services.

Negatives
Can be a difficult sector to enter, especially if not qualified already.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services
• Healthcare

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in health and wellbeing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose clients problems and find resolutions.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Outdoor Art ClassesOutdoor Art classes aimed at a range of different competenciesOutdoor, Art, TuitionArt classes aimed at a range of different competencies from beginner’s requiring one on one tuition and a lot of personal attention to more experienced customers who require less attention.

Workshops can be carried out at various landmark locations throughout the North East, or within a set place. Transport and materials can be supplied.
Outdoor Equipment RetailThis opportunity takes a look at operating an outdoor equipment retail store from a retail location within North Tyneside, as well as online.Outdoor, Equipment, RetailThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Typical products retailed include a wide range of specialist equipment and accessories. This can include things such as climbing equipment, camping equipment, or could be things such as specialist mountain bikes etc.

When specialising in particular products it is important that thorough research is carried to out make sure nothing is overstocked, and the range of products is what customers are most likely to buy. This will need research carried out regularly to scan for demand in new products or particular brands etc. important aspects include:
• Purchasing correct products
• Pricing – both competitive but make business sense
• Monitoring sales & stock levels

What is important in these kinds of retail stores is the knowledge of the products to advise customers.

There are no formal qualifications required to operate in this sector, though knowledge about the products sold may be important as customers will expect expertise.

Why is this an opportunity?
Outdoor activities such as camping, climbing etc is very popular in the UK, therefore the demand for these types of equipment will be in demand.

Positives
Outdoor activities are very popular, especially as research shows a lot of people are now looking to holiday within the UK due to rising foreign holiday costs.

Negatives
Maybe suited to be part of other services such as an overall retail of clothing in addition. Sales maybe seasonal as outdoor activities in the UK peak during the summer months.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Retail
• Online

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in retail and outdoor activities. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

• Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

• Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Customer service skills – the customer service is very important, and personal selling really is an important aspect of specialist stores such as these.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Packaging SupplySupply packaging solutions targeting SME's in North Tyneside and throughout the North East.Packaging, SupplyThis opportunity is a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. This engagement is aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.


Supply packaging solutions targeting SME's in North Tyneside and throughout the North East. Supplies can be both standard and bespoke for the client should the need arise.

A local North Tyneside business highlighted the local need for general packaging and boxes as the nearest supplier meeting their needs being Birmingham. The business stated they would preferably purchase supplies from within North Tyneside if possible.

Why this is an opportunity
A local SME currently buy in packaging & boxes from Birmingham as there isn't a suitable supplier locally. They have stated that they would preferably have a supplier that is from North Tyneside as this would be easier for them provided the pricing was right.

Positives
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Cost implications are important to businesses as any extra costs regarding packaging will impact upon profit margins, therefore costs must be competitive. Start up costs could run high depending on whether packaging will be manufactured or sourced from wholesale. Always a danger when people are looking for the cheapest alternative that suppliers will be cheaper in other areas of UK or overseas.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.
•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within a greed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.
•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research can help source cheaper supplies and be aware of any potential competition.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Paint Spraying ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at potentially operating a paint spraying business from within North Tyneside.paint, sprayer, coatingsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Paint spraying services can be applied for two main reasons, these being:
• Decorative services – where finishes are applied to products
• Protective coating – to protect corrosion to metals etc

These services can be targeted towards a numbers of different industries including the engineering industry to protect machinery or metalwork to helps protect the strengths of structures etc, construction for protective coating and decorative work, manufacturing and the automotive industry for both decorative and protective reasons. These services can be applied by using manual spray guns or other equipment.

Being aware of health and safety and having relevant insurances is important due to the potential industries that will be operating in. Having these sorts of accreditations can help demonstrate capabilities and have the ability to carry out this kind of work due to working with certain materials and in certain situations.

In order to operate as a paint sprayer, you will require qualifications and training, but what they are depends on the type of service. for further informatio please refer to the Institute of Metal Finishing www.uk-finishing.org.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
There are a number of different services and sectors that require paint spraying services.

Positives
There are a number of different services and sectors that require paint spraying services.

Negatives
Requires training and accreditations to carry out work. May also have to travel and work out of area in some cases.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in engineering. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Painter & DecoratorInterior & Exterior Decorating ServicesPainting, Decorating, Home ImprovementServices to both domestic and commercial market including painting and decorating and provide expert services including interior/exterior painting, spray-painting, paper-hanging, cornices and coving, walls and ceilings, etc.
Pallet SupplyThis opportunity looks at the supply of pallet to businesses within the North Tyneside area.Pallet, Supply, B2BThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at the supply of pallet to businesses within the North Tyneside area.

A service available to businesses within the North Tyneside area which offers a variety of different pallets to purchase.

A local SME has highlighted that within North Tyneside this service is low and the choice of pallets available is sparse. Coming both in treated and untreated form we will provide pallets to local businesses that may be needed for warehouses etc. manufacturing of pallet

Other pallets supplied can be bespoke to companies needs to ensure sizing is right is a customer specifies a need. As well as offering a range of wooden pallets, plastic pallets may also be provided

Why is this an opportunity?
A local SME highlighted the difficulty they had in supplying untreated pallets and feel that a supplier within North Tyneside would be of benefit to their business.

Positives
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Some companies may already have established supplies.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in joinery and want to be self employed. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure customers are happy.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Party ServicesThis opportunity looks at party hosting services that are delivered on a mobile service within North Tyneside and beyond.Party, Planning, Special OccasionsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at party hosting services that are delivered on a mobile service within North Tyneside and beyond.

Home hosted parties are the service provided in a range of different themes or occasions. This can include home party services for:
• Girl’s night in type service
• Hen & stag nights
• Children’s parties

Service can include own personal waiters, menus, cocktails, salsa nights. Included in the service can be mood lighting, complimentary gift sets etc. The service can include going into home, setting up, organising food and all other requirements, providing entertainment and tidying the clients home up after the party to complete the service.

Due to the nature of the service, working hours may be flexible and the start up costs involved can be relatively low. There will be the need for access to transport to deliver the services.

Why is this an opportunity?
People are looking to entertain at home now for parties but may still want to have a special experience for one-off occasions.`

Positives
Can fit around full time work commitments as a lot of the partied will be on a weekend or evenings. Start up costs may also be relatively low.

Negatives
May only suit a niche customer group so marketing is very important to know who these are and how to reach them.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in party planning. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
PAT TestingPAT testing of electrical equipment, checking for loose connections, damaged flexes
PAT Testing, Health & Safety, ElectricianPAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing) is an important part of businesses health and safety policies.

Targeting the 6000+ businesses in North Tyneside and businesses further afield within the North East

Refer to www.pat-testing.info for more information
Personal ShopperPersonal shopping on behlaf of clients for an agreed price.
shopping, concierge, personal shopper
Offering a service where customers can give a list of products they require purchasing or returned and shop on their behalf within an agreed distance for and agreed fee.
This may be an option especially around Christmas, Easter, mother’s day, etc. But also an “on call” service for times such as Birthdays where people may not have the time to shop them.
Personalised Gift StoreA retail store that will provide personalised gifts for customers to purchase.Personalised gifts.This opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

A retail store that will provide personalised gifts to both the business and domestic retail market.

Personalised gifts can be for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings etc, but also offer possible personalised commercial gifts and 'goody bags' to commercial clients for promotional purposes.

Positives
Demand in this sector is still good, and online growth can help widen target market. There are also various arts and craft fairs in the UK that can help promote products.

Negatives
Online competition that don’t have a retail presence or are exporting from another country can possibly have lower prices

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Retail, Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in retail and arts, crafts and the retail gift sector. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

This opportunity can potentially be operated from a retail unit within North Tyneside, and online.

•Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure people get the products they want and in time. Particularly with personalised gifts as a lot of the times things maybe for specific occasions for birthdays etc.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Personalised GiftsSelling personalised gifts from either a retail location where there is healthy footfall or online via a website or eBay.
Gifts, Presents, Special OccasionsA bespoke service can also be offered to craft gifts with special messages, etc on them.

Gifts include novelty gifts for weddings, engagements and christenings.
Pest ControlResponding to complaints of pest and vermin in both domestic and commercial premesis.
Pest Removal, Cleaning, Pest PreventionTrapping or killing things such as mice, rats, wasp nests etc by indentifying the pests and using relevant methods to get rid these problems.

As well as dealing with infestations, services to help with the prevention of these which is particularly important in service sectors such as restaurants where cleansliness in very important
Pet Accessories / FoodEither situated in a retail outlet or online selling a range of pet accessories or food.
pets, accessories, food
Key Note predicts steady growth of pet accessories, this could include pet toys, pet hygiene products, pet nutrition, pet treats etc.
Pet Behaviour CounsellorThis opportunity looks at offering a pet behaviour counselling service within North Tyneside.Pet, Animal, Behaviour, ObedienceThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at offering a pet behaviour counselling service within North Tyneside. The role of the pet behaviour counsellor is to advise owners whose pets have developed behaviour issues. This will give pet owners advice on dealing with general issues and problematic behaviour they feel there pets are experiencing to help find a solution. Typical areas covered include:

• Helping with excessive barking and noise
• aggression towards people or animals
• destructive behaviour both indoors and out
• Helping the pet become house trained
• Any phobias that the animal may have

Customers will usually come from private bookings who are looking for help and advice with there pets, which could include anything from young puppies to older pets who have never been properly trained previously.

In order to operate as a pet counsellor you will need to have an academic knowledge of the theory of behaviour and solutions to problems to diagnose and solve a problem, practical handling skills and experience, and an empathy with, and an ability to communicate and motivate owners.

Why is this an opportunity?
To give an idea into the numbers of pets within the UK, there are 7.3 million dogs and 7.2 million cats.

Positives
Usually people who would be involved in this line of work will be animal-lovers so to work with something you are interested in and to help other pet owners can be very rewarding.

Negatives
Very much a niche customer base.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in animals and pets. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Pet Cup CakesRetail of cup cakes specifically targeting pet owners to purchase for their pets for special occasions.Cakes, Food, Pet FoodThis opportunity was indentified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Retail of cup cakes specifically targeting pet owners to purchase for their pets for special occasions.

This is very much a captive market and can be a product in addition to pet food/accessories or general cake making but aiming products at pets could possibly present an opportunity. Probably more suited to online where running costs can be kept low and owners can be flexible and work from home.

Targeting special pet's birthday cakes - this will be suited for a captive audience so would be best placed as an online retail shop

Why this is an opportunity
According to research UK pet owners spend £1.5 billion a year on pet food with cats benefiting the most from this by their owners with 26.3% increase in cat treat sales. Another area of growth has been the new range of pet food developed by Nestle Purina who have found that sales of gourmet range and products which resemble human food are performing well.

Positives
According to research carred out by Euromonitor, The global pet care industry remained fairly resilient to the recent global economic downturn, due largely to the ongoing pet humanisation trend. With pet owners increasingly viewing their pets as part of the family, spending on pets is no longer restricted to essential items such as pet food but increasingly includes discretionary items such as pet healthcare and pet dietary supplements or even pet cosmetics or pet travel. This creates significant marketing opportunities and supports growth.

Negatives
Is a captive market, so retail can be unpredictable and may require for sales to be predominantly online.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in animals and baking and want a business that can be flexible and fit around other commitments. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Food & Drink. The following categories show what type of opportunity is associated with retail of pet cup cakes:

•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.
•Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.
•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

•Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – having a clear marketing message is important to communicate with potential customers, but if orders are personalised then clear communication of what is wanted is also important.
•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products maybe very important especially if the product is for specific special occasions.
•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research could be important to try and find out what products customers want, and to see if particular types of products suit different pets more than others etc.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Pet Fitness and Nutrition ServicesAdvice and guidance on the best exercise and nutritional lifestyle of domestic petsHealth, Nutrition, Petsoffering advice and guidance on the best exercise and nutritional lifestyle of e.g. each dog, on a individual basis, allowing owners to have a better understanding of how to keep their pets healthy.

This can be aimed at North Tyneside Pet owners, or to a wider target market by having a online service
Pet Food Retail – WallsendBased from a retail location in North Tyneside providing pet food supplies.Pet, Food, Retail, OnlineThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Based from a retail location in North Tyneside providing pet food supplies. There is currently only one pet shop within Wallsend, there could be a market for another potentially. Especially with pet food and supplies.

As well as being a retail store there is also scope to expand this business and set up a website for online sale at customer’s convenience.

Supplies can be low cost budget range, up to premium supplies of pet food to give pet owners a wide range of choice.

According to the PFMA (pet food manufacturers association) in 2010 the UK pet food market was valued at over £2 billion.

Dog food market: The demand for complete dry dog food has increase by 90% in the last 10 years. Sales of dog treats has doubled and the amount of moist dog food has declined by around a quarter and mixers by around a half.

Cat food market: Dry cat food sales have increased by around 80% in the last decade. The amount of moist cat food sold has remained fairly constant around the 500-550 £million bracket.

For further information on pet food see PFMA (pet food manufacturers association) website - www.pfma.org.uk.

Why is this an opportunity?
Although there is already a pet shop within Wallsend there could be the potentials to differentiate from this, and help compliment other services.

Positives
There is always a need for pet food supplies, given the number of pets within the North Easy, as the majority of families these days do have a pet or more than one. In 2011, there are currently around 8.0 million dogs and around 8.0 million cats in the UK.

Negatives
There will be competition from other pet shops in the Wallsend area as there are already Pet shops based there, as well as supermarkets stocking limited supply.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•E-commerce/online
•Food & Drink
•Retail

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in pet food and animal supplies. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having an ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, UK wide, or even worldwide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Pet Funeral ServicePet Funeral ServicesFuneral, Services, PetThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at offering a pet funeral service. This would be providing a service that could offer dignified cremation and burial services for beloved family pets in North Tyneside.

In order to make this service different to other pet funeral services this business could offer to collect you’re pet from your home or veterinary surgery in a bespoke pet hearse. Offering the service of pet collection the same working day depending on convenience.

To set up a pet cemetery there are laws that you need to follow, the law states that if a pet animal is to be buried then it must be carried out under the regulations for waste and burial must be in a licensed site. The only exception to this is if you are burying a pet at home and then it must be in the property where it last lived.

All pet cemeteries have to be licensed as waste landfill sites although they can and should be specifically licensed to bury only companion animals. This requires authorisation by Environmental Permit issued by the Environment Agency.

Why is this an opportunity?
Pets are a cherished part of someone's life and owners are always looking for a way to remember their pets and provide personalised services. In order to get an idea of how many pets there are in the UK, in 2007 showed that 26 per cent and 31 per cent of households owned cats and dogs, respectively.

Positives
You don't have to handle the remains of your pet, which can be very painful to some.

Negatives
There can be an expense as there will be a cost for the plot, the headstone, the burial vessel and often some other incidental expenses.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in ¬¬¬animals. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Pet GroomingServices expected would be trimming, shampoo and brush of animal hair, along with nail clipping.
pets, grooming, pet care
Pet grooming that can either be based from home or work place. Animals using the service will be dogs and cats mainly, but not exclusively.
Pet KennelsKennels to provide temporary accommodation for pets
pets, kennels, accommodation
Having kennels to provide temporary accommodation for pets when owners may be unable to come for a short period of time for holidays. Other reasons may be for a pet pamper day, where owners pay for a luxury break for their pets.
Pet ObedienceServices include basic obedience training for young pets or a more bespoke training at the reasonable request of the owner.Obedience, Training, Pet, Animal CareOffering service as a pet trainer, this can be a freelance basis and can be based outdoors to keep cost low.
Pet ShopRetail outlet selling home pets such as hamsters, mice, (tropical) fish etc. In addition to this selling pet food and other suppliersPet, Pet Accessories, FoodAnother area that could be looked at is having addition sales of the pet supplies and accessories online via a website or Ebay store.

There are currently around eight pet shops in North Tyneside, but having online sales can open the target market to UK wide potentially
PhotographerPhotography service that are on a freelance basis, operating with both domestic clients and commercial clients.
Photography, PR, Party, wedding, corporate eventDomestic service may include family portraits, or photographs or videos for weddings. Commercial services may include images for PR, or images / videos to be used for company brochures. There were 270,000 marriages in the UK in 2008. To get ideas of market size and demand there are 6,000 + businesses in North Tyneside and 116,000 in the northern region who could be potential clients.
Physio TherapistOffering specialist physio therapist sevices, specialising in particular areas such as rehabilitation, or conditioning.

Sport Injuries, Rehabilitation, PhysioTargetting providers of private health care, and local sporting clubs who may require these services on a regular basis but don't employ their own full time physio therapist offering one on one support to clients.
Picture FramingFpecialist framing to domestc and commercial clients
Framing, Bespoke Services, B2Bincluding artists/photographers looking to frame their work, as well as private clients looking to frame things such as certificates, etc.

range of frames can be in a number of different materials, and custom framing services may also be offered.

Can also target businesses within North Tyneside or further afield with the supply of marketing material aids such as clip frames, etc.
Pilates InstructorThis opportunity looks at what is required to become self employed as a pilates teacher within North Tyneside.Pilates, Instructor, FitnessThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at what is required to become self employed as a pilates teacher within North Tyneside.

Pilates is an exercise method, designed to elongate, strengthen and restore the body to balance. The role of a Pilate’s teacher is to educate and motivate clients and help clients become more fit and happy within themselves. they help clients to change and improve their body strength and posture.

This is achieved by teaching stretching and conditioning exercises based on the following eight basic principles of relaxation, coordination, alignment, flowing movement, stamina, concentration, centring, and breathing.

Pilates can be taught to private clients on a one-to-one personal training basis, or within a group.

Working hours will be flexible to help suit clients. A lot of the customers that will use the service may work full time so weekend work and evening work could be common.

In order to start up as a pilates teacher you will probably need to have a background in exercise or a related physical therapy. If you are a keen Pilate’s person and have been attending regular Pilate’s classes – this is considered within the Pilates field as the foundation to becoming a Pilate’s teacher.

Why is this an opportunity?
Pilates is understood to be good to help reduce and handle stress more effectively and relax more easily.

Positives
Pilates is a popular form of exercise, and can attract clients of all ages and backgrounds. Renting local venues as and when needed can help keep start up costs low.

Negatives
Require a qualification, which can take time, money and commitment.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fitness/Health. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Plastering ServicesPlastering ServicesPlastering, Home ImprovementOffering services to both domestic and commercial market. Services include internal and external, Boarding and dryling, Colour Render & Pebble dash, Re-Skims & Artex Covering.

Opportunities may exist through tendering and on sub-contract basis
Plastic PackagingPackaging SolutionsPackaging, PlasticThis opportunity is a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. This engagement is aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at supplying packaging solutions targeting SME's in North Tyneside and throughout the North East. Supplies can be both standard and bespoke for the client should the need arise.

A local company has highlighted the need for specific packaging products such as clear packaging supplies and shrink wrap packaging that they currently purchase out of area. In addition, Transparent Plastic Packaging products can be typical to the following markets: Cosmetics & Toiletries; Giftware and Household; Confectionery, Food & Drink; D-I-Y & Auto Parts; Cutting Tools; Accessories.

Due to the niche nature of this product this opportunity may be more suited to be supplied as a part of a large range of packing products made of various materials.

This was an opportunity that was highlighted by a local SME that have mentioned that they have difficulty sourcing certain plastic packaging that they use in their business, and would consider purchasing locally if available.

Why is this an opportunity?
It has been identified that this is a service that is lacking in North Tyneside.

Positives
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Start up costs could run high depending on whether packaging will be manufactured or sourced from wholesale.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have knowledge of packaging. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within a greed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research can help source cheaper supplies and be aware of any potential competition.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Plumbing ServicesPlumbing services to both domestic and commercialPlumber, Heating, Central HeatingOffering services to both domestic and commercial market. Services include Plumbing & heating services, boiler repair & servicing, radiator fitting, bathroom installations. Opportunities may exist through tendering and on sub-contract basis
PodiatristPodiatry Services
Health Care, Foot ClinicBased in a salon, clients can come from private appointments, or via GP referalls (once specially qualified working as specialist registrar (SpR) to become registered as a consultant with the NHS)
Power Tool RetailThis opportunity takes a look at operating a powertool & hardware accessory shop in North Tyneside.Equipment, Tools, RetailThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

The type of products that will be sold in this type of shop is drills, generators, welding equipment, grinding equipment, sawing and planing equipment, and decorating power tools.

The key to this type of service is the personal service and professional advice given, so knowledge of using these types of tools can be very important.

As well as selling tools and accessories there may also be repairs and maintenance on most power tools as well as offering an additional service of sharpening of saw blades etc.

In addition to the retail of tools, there could also be a tool hire service, where customers could rent professional power tools for set periods of time.

There will be a number of ways to rent the equipment which are:
• Telephone
• Online
• In-store

This business would aim for both the trade side as well as domestic customers

Why is this an opportunity?
Some of the chain stores can at times be expensive, and sell a lot of accessories in large packs where people may only want to purchase one of something.

Positives
Some people will tend to use independent stores so long as the customer service is very good and the prices are competitive.

Negatives
Major chain stores are in competition.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in DIY. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

• Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure customers are happy.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Prescription Delivery ServiceA prescription delivery service. Delivering filled prescriptions directly to the home or workplace of the patients
Prescription, Delivery, Health CareTo be able to offer this service it is likely there will have to be an agreement to be working on behalf of pharmacies and doctors surgeries.

Possible opportunities may exist amongst customers who either don't have the time to get prescription from doctors/pharmacies, or people who lack transport or who aren't able to get prescriptions themselves.

For more information refer to www.rpsgb.org.uk
Pressure Cleaning ServicesProviding mobile pressure cleaning services to customers within the North Tyneside area.Pressure CleaningThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Providing mobile pressure cleaning services to customers within the North Tyneside area.

Specialist services which can be aimed at domestic and commercial surface cleaning will include mobile pressure cleaning of Driveways, Block Paving, Brickwork, Patios / Paths, Decking, Tarmac, Concrete, Business Forecourts & Car Parks, graffiti removal, chewing gum removal etc.

Due to the mobile nature of this business there may be no urgent need for business premises, though storage machinery etc may be required, as well as the use of a suitable vehicle.

For information on the UK cleaning industry organisations such as http:www.britishcleanersassociation.co.uk can prove useful for information and memberships help maintain cleaning standards to help build reputation of the business. Listing services on things such as www.cleanersregister.com can help drive more business.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business sector such as retail; where appearance of their premises is very important and therefore requires maintenance and the Domestic services sector.

Skills/requirements include:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

- Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a service.

- Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within a greed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


Pros:
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in cleaning and having a less routinely structured job, allowing to meet new people and have a hands on business. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting. Due to a range of services potentially on offer there may be the opportunity to having regular work, particularly within the business sector.

Cons:
Due to the nature of the business, a lot of the domestic sector opportunities may be seasonal as people tend to focus more on the exterior of their homes in the warmer months of the year, so therefore there may be periods during winter where regular domestic work maybe difficult to come by.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an advisor at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills. If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend
Print ShopPrinting services both to general public and businesses
Print, Retail, MemorabiliaServices can include general black and white printing to local businesses and general public.

Specialist services can include printing of T shirts and general memorabilia, Print work for Hen/Stag parties and fancy dress parties etc - this can based at a retail outlet and/or online
Private Chef for Dinner PartiesProviding freelange cooking services for dinner parties and clientsChef, Cuisine, Parties, Food PreparationThis can be aimed at private customers for potentially one off occasions and commercial clients for corporate events etc.

Also could offer services to restaurants who may have short term staffing issues
Private InvestigatorThis opportunity takes a look at operating a freelance private investigator service within North Tyneside and beyond.PI, Investigation, surveilanceThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Private investigator services work on behalf of a client to carry out confidential investigations on individuals for companies, a public group, legal representatives, or individual clients.

Work can include:
- trace people for things such as inheritance
- investigations for insurance claims

The services included surveillance, and general research into people.

The different types of clients they can help include businesses, individuals and the public with financial, legal and personal issues.

Generally you would carry out background research, which may involve asking questions and analysing information. Your work may also include:
• surveillance
• fraud investigation (for example, insurance or accident claims)
• tracing missing persons or pets
• presenting legal documents (process serving)
• investigating commercial piracy

In order to operate as a private investigator you do not need any formal qualifications, though having the skills and knowledge to carry out this type of service is important.

Why is this an opportunity?
Range of different sectors that could potentially be targeted.

Positives
Wide of range of areas to offer the service to potentially.

Negatives
Working hours may be unsocial and unstructured.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have experience of security. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure clients are satisfied.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Particularly important with a private investigator, as research is a basis for the investigation.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Private Tennis CoachingPrivate Tennis tuition.Sports, Tuition, Education, TennisThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Tennis coaching is a sport that is quite popular with various places throughout NT and the North East where you can play recreationally.

To make this service different from other businesses junior development could be one of the specialties, with many programmes and classes aimed at developing juniors from the age from the age of 3 upwards.

Additional services could include services to train and teach coaches, helping them to attain the relevant coaching qualifications and teaching experience they require to deliver quality coaching lessons. This opportunity will try to cater for as many types of players as possible, with various events, courses and tennis activities.

Tennis for a lot of people in the UK is a summer sport, and with national coverage of things such as Wimbledon, there is usually an increase in interest.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is an opportunity that was highlighted by a local member of the North Tyneside Community as something they feel is lacking locally and is a service they themselves would purchase

Positives
During summer, Tennis is a popular sport.

Negatives
Pricing is important as some can view tuition fees as expensive for a sport that many play as a interest.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Teaching/education/training/languages.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Adventure/Sports. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty. Engaging people and them being interested and involved helps them learn more.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Product Design CompanyServices aimed towards businesses and inventors who require creative design and technical expertise.
Design, Concept, Product DevelopmentTargetting businesses within the north east to possibly help develop their existing product range, and looking at public tender opportunities.

Might also be opportunity to link in with local universities etc who maybe working on particular concepts, and require creative design and expertise to turn the concept into a product.
Project Management Services - Implementation & TrainingTo provide a freelance project management service for companies looking to expand their business into new markets.Project Management, TrainingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To provide a freelance project management service for companies looking to expand their business into new markets.

Services will include training in the areas that companies are looking to explore.

Available online, where you can look at the services to offer and will be to book via the online site.

This business will be mainly consultancy based and the place of work will usually be the premises of the customer so opportunity could potentially be operated from home to save costs, and book outward space when needed.

Services could be offered to a proportion of the 6000+ North Tyneside businesses or further afield to open up the target market.

Why is this an opportunity?
Many companies now have to look into new markets to bring in new business to remain competitive, there may be an opportunity to be a freelance project manager and offering training in certain areas to businesses that are looking to explore new markets.

Positives
Some companies would like to explore new markets but don’t have the in-house capabilities to carry this out or take the risk of employing new staff initially.

Negatives
A lot of public sector grants are being cut that could have previously contributed towards these costs for companies looking to expand.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have experience in business development. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Promotional Material SuppliesPromotional Material SuppliesDisplays, Materials, Supplies, Marketing, PromotionThis opportunity is a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. This engagement is aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at the supply of materials for displays companies within North Tyneside and further afield.

A local company has highlighted the need for materials such as PVC, vinyl, eyelet's, rings. Woven and knitted polyester, in addition to banner materials & supplies. Banner equipment includes: Vinyl Window Graphic materials, Banner Frames, Flag Poles, coloured flags, bunting and other Exhibition equipment etc.

Having materials that were MOD approved could open up potential revenue from the MOD’s vast annual spend on procuring items such as this.

In order to be different to competition, supplies could include being made from recycled materials. Including Recyclable banners, Outdoor banners, indoor banners, mesh PVC banners, fabric banners.

Potential companies include companies involved in Flags, Banners & Bunting, or other promotional materials.

Why is this an opportunity?
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

They currently source these supplies from China due to necessity but would prefer to source from more local suppliers if this was possible, particularly if they were MOD-approved.

Positives
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Can be a limited number of potential customers who may already have suppliers.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Retail

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or have knowledge of these types of products. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Working to deadlines – products may be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Proofreading ServiceThis opportunity takes a look at potentially offering a freelance proofreading service, based within North Tyneside.Proof, Reading, Quality CheckThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Proofreaders check written text before it is printed or published, ensuring that any error’s are corrected, providing a final check or ‘proof’ to make sure that nothing has been missed.

Usual checks will include:
• Lay out, both text layout and in terms of contents etc
• Grammar errors
• Spelling mistakes
• Make recommendations regarding layout

You would mark any necessary changes using British Standards Institution symbols
For further information on proofreading please see Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP) - www.sfep.org.uk.
According to sfep, suggested minimum hourly rates charged is £20.25 for proofreading. http://www.sfep.org.uk/pub/mship/minimum_rates.asp

Due to the nature of the service, it will probably be operated from home to help keep costs low and in most cases the working hours will be flexible.

Do don’t need any particular qualifications to operate as a freelance proof reader. Though clients will expect you to demonstrate capabilities as it is the service itself that is the most important thing. Having Degrees, especially in subjects such as English can be advantageous. If you wish to attend any courses on proof reading sfep, provide details on their website.

Why is this an opportunity?
Many businesses use marketing to try and attract new business, but don’t necessarily have the resources to employ a marketing department who would normally do these types of tasks so outsourcing these services can be a cost effective alternative.

Positives
Low cost start-up and flexible business.

Negatives
Relies on thorough research and marketing to target clients/customers.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in language. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.


Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Prop MakingThis opportunity takes a look at potentially operating as a prop maker based from North Tyneside.Props, design, stageThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Prop making services involve creative objects (props) with are used in theatre and other performing arts.

Prop makers can either specialise in a particular area of prop making, or can offer a wide range of varieties. Prop making requests can vary from scenery, to other objects such as jewellery, or animals in a range of materials.

In addition to prop making, there can be prop hire.

In order to carry out these types of services there will be the need for a skilled work force that can do things such as carpentry, sculpting, sewing. If there are any requests from customers that require different skills, the work can potentially be outsourced.

Typical services to clients can include consultation to discuss requirements and ideas, hiring to starting to build props, delivery so vehicles may be required.

There are no formal requirements for qualifications to operate as a prop maker, though to improve skills and demonstrate capabilities to potential clients, there are some courses that can be completed, including:

• a degree or foundation degree in set design, theatre crafts or prop making
• BTEC National Diploma in Production Arts (to become the BTEC Level 3 Certificate or Diploma in Production Arts from September 2010)
• BTEC HNC/HND in Performing Arts (Production) (to become the BTEC Level 4 HNC and Level 5 HND from September 2010)

Why is this an opportunity?
Props and sets are important aspects of theatre productions and similar relation performing arts.

Positives
Props and sets are important aspects of theatre productions and similar relation performing arts.

Negatives
You may have to work long hours to meet deadlines

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Arts & Crafts. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Property ConsultantProperty advice and guidance.Property, Consultancy, SupportOffering a consultancy service helping home owners giving themselves the best possible opportunity to sell or let their property.

This can include things such as advice of the selling/letting process with including a range of things such best times of putting property up for sale, advice with putting in offers and receiving offers for properties.

How to best present the property, through décor or other various techniques. Could possibly offer to take viewing on behalf of customers who are not as confident in doing this.

This could be an additional service for companies offering interior design etc. the housing market slump is predicted by The centre for economics and business research (CEBR) to fall slightly more and last until 2013 so services such as this may present an opportunity to homeowners eager to sell.

Due to the freelance basis services could potentially be offered to estate/letting agents who have their own clients, additionally services could be marketed to homes for sale.
Property Maintenance ServicesProperty Maintenance services to domestic and commercial customers.Building, Property, MaintenceThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at a property maintenance service that target both domestic and commercial customers.

These services can be offered within North Tyneside and North East. Typical services could include; Building maintenance, Home Improvements, Garden Work.

Commercial clients may include carrying out reactive repairs, maintenance and refurbishments for commercial clients such as landlords, facilities management companies, estate and letting agents and housing providers. To maintain properties per job, or general maintenance can be agreed on an ongoing basis for an agreed price

In order to carry out general services within the business there will either need to be fully trained & qualified electricians, carpenters and plumbers, or have contacts to outsource these services to be reactive to customers.

Quality of work and satisfied customers is very important to the service as word of mouth advertising and referrals may be a large part of attracting new customers.

There may not be the need to have commercial premises, thought storage of tools etc may be needed, along with a valid driving license and access to a suitable vehicle.

Why is this an opportunity?
The retail industry, in particular, makes a high usage of property maintenance services, particularly reactive maintenance (also known as response maintenance) since their stores, and in particular flagship stores such as major city centre stores, require the highest standards of maintenance in order that customers continue to purchase goods.

Positives
This opportunity has been highlighted by a local North Tyneside SME who feel there is a potential gap in the market.

Negatives
Building sector can be quite saturated, and initially carrying out workload and prospecting for more may be difficult to manage depending on the resources. According to Yell.com there are 195 building maintenance & repairs companies in Tyne & Wear.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are skilled in various building services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Public Speaker CoachOn a freelance basis offering coaching to business and individuals need to improve their verbal communication skills, working either with groups or one to one.
Public speaking, coaching, workshopsBusiness are getting encourage to network to grow their client – base and contracts and presenting to groups may help this, with a potential option to provide support to 50,000 + businesses in Tyne and Wear. Networking and trade associations may help build credibility and client base. It also helps companies show they are developing staff.
PV Power PanelsThis opportunity looks at the Supply of Photovoltaic power cells in the local area covering North Tyneside/North East.Renewable energy, PV, SolarThis opportunity looks at the Supply of Photovoltaic power cells in the local area covering North Tyneside / North East.

Photovoltaic cells are something that has become increasingly more popular due to the government looking at renewable energy options. Photovoltaic’s (PV) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect.

Given government schemes such as green deal and feed in tariffs etc, a lot of home owners and professional companies such as qualified installer roofers/builders are looking into the possible benefits of using PV. Within these sectors, usually they will source in the solar panels and adapt them to products they supply, or fit them as in case of roofing companies looking to install these to customers, looking to both cut their own energy bills, but with things such as feed-in tariffs there is the potential to earn an income by feeling into the National Grid.

A good place for further information regarding qualified installers, members or sector news is The Renewable Energy Association (REA) - www.r-e-a.net

There will be a need to have a suitable unit to manufacture/store power panels.

Why is this an opportunity?
Identified by a local SME as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available. As of 2010, solar photovoltaics generate electricity in more than 100 countries and, while yet comprising a tiny fraction of the 4.8 TW total global power-generating capacity from all sources, is the fastest growing power-generation technology in the world

Positives
A local SME would purchase PV power cells locally if possible. Due to the growing demand for renewable energy sources, the manufacture of solar cells and photovoltaic arrays has advanced dramatically in recent years

Negatives
Photovoltaic’s are costly to manufacture/purchase so costs will also be high to customers, so install costs will be high. While the modules are often warranted for upwards of 20 years, much of the investment in a home-mounted system may be lost if the home-owner moves, which may also deter some growth.

Solar electricity is not produced at night and is much reduced in cloudy conditions. Therefore, a storage or complementary power system is required

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in renewable energy. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

Specialist knowledge – as PV is a very specialised sector, having expertise, knowledge and experience is very important.

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
QR CodingLooking at the role QR coding can play in marketing, and how these services may be offered on a freelance basis.Technology, IT, MarketingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This opportunity looks at QR Codes.

There is the opportunity to offer a freelance service to businesses that are looking at QR codes as part of their marketing strategy.

Businesses can use codes to promote special offer, launch new services or can actually assign codes to each product if they wish to give detailed information for customers that may be more inclined to purchase knowing this.

Codes are targeted towards smart phone users as the codes are developed for both android and available in Apple iOS platforms.

QR codes are matrix barcodes readable by QR scanner which store information such as text, web links and other information.

At the moment, usage of QR codes are not widespread, with users being ‘early-adapters’ to new technology but given the success and widespread usage in countries such as Japan, and the increase in usage and applications of smart phones this could be a technology that will grow. At present QR codes are split into two types; static and dynamic.

Static is a one-off code which holds information such as text or URL and could be used for things such as special offers or a marketing campaign to launch a new product/service.

Dynamic codes are editable and can be constantly developed to help consumers interact with products/services.

In other countries the use of QR codes is widespread and a code can be assigned to each product to give details about them e.g. a food product could give information on price, calories, where it was produced etc.

Possible uses of QR codes include Virtual Store to order products with a smart phone, Video to have a demonstration video built in to the code, Links to social media sites, Customer surveys & collect Customer Information, Order products/services

Pricing can range through a variety of packages dependant on what customers need from the codes, and by the number of codes actually required. Costs may typically be on a monthly contract basis similar to that of a mobile phone plan.

Why is this an opportunity?
Technology is constantly developing and adapting to fit in with business services. Digital media and marketing is growing along with the usage of smart phones in a way to connect businesses to their customers.

Positives
Is at an early stage of the technology in the UK so potential for growth.

Negatives
As with all technology, there is a risk that there wont be a uptake from customers.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are business services & technology.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in technology and programming. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

You will need to be technically competent to develop these kinds of programs and have a keen interest in technology and changing technology to operate in this sector. Also needed is knowledge of QR codes.

If you are not particularly technological, you could partner or subcontract development out but creative skills would be needed and this would impact upon revenue.

•Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

•Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Specialised knowledge in these products given the level of expertise required.

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Quad bike expeditionsquad bike experiencerental, expedition, quad bikeThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at potentially operating a service which is involved in the rental and plan of a Quad bike experience within the North East area, providing a exhilarating guided off road expedition in the North East.

This can be visiting different landmarks within the region to explore & learn the many historical and famous sites, all tours can be guided by fully trained staff.

This business will also specialise in Corporate & Conference groups, Team Building, Stag & Hens parties, Film Shoots, International Guest and custom made sessions.

Why is this an opportunity?
Can appeal to both the general public and to corporate customers.

Positives
Wide range of potential customers, there are a large number of landmarks locally.

Negatives
Start up costs can be high, with both the costs of any quads or other machinery as well as insurances etc.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in quad bikes and have a passion of local history. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Quality ConsultantProviding consultancy helping companies become ISO accredited.
Quality, consultant, environmental, accreditation
There are over 6000 businesses currently in North Tyneside, with potential clients also throughout Tyne and Wear. ISO 9001, 14001 may help businesses win public tenders which is becoming increasingly important to business 14001 in particular could see growth due to attention being paid to environmental issues.
Quality Control Technical ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at operating as a freelance quality control technician based from North Tyneside.Quality, consultancy, accreditationThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Quality control is the in inspection of products and processes to ensure the quality and safety of these types of goods or services meet certain quality standards, whether this be ISO classifications, etc.

Commonly things that are to be inspected are in the manufacturing sector and this includes both in food & drink manufacturing and engineering manufacturing.

Inspections can be around testing and finding faults with machinery, sample and test production (food or drink), check the production process, inspect working conditions etc. There may also be inspection to ensure companies keep accreditations such as ISO 9001, 14001 or investors in people etc.

Other services that can be consultancy for the business to investigate things such as customer satisfaction, review suppliers and potentially source new, potentially draw up new quality policies and processes.

In order to operate as a quality control technician you will need relevant qualifications and experience. For further information regarding these please refer to Chartered Quality Institute - www.thecqi.org.

Why is this an opportunity?
Accreditations and quality control is very important to businesses as there are many different pieces of legislations and guidelines that companies must follow, as well as processes which make them more efficient.

Positives
A lot of potential manufacturing companies in the North East that could potentially use these types of services.

Negatives
Competitive sector. Companies may have relied on some of these types of services to be funded in the past so paying for these services can be challenging.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in manufacturing processes. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Recruitment Agency - STEM Specificniche recruitment agency
Recruitment, Personnelspecialising in STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths sectors). CBI research shows that 45% of employers are already struggling to find skilled staff in these sectors, even during the recession.
Recycled Stationery DistributorProviding stationary products made from recycled materials, and other environmentally friendly materials.Stationary, Recycled, Environmentally friendly, B2BThe UK stationary market is a mature sector, but according to Keynote research, there is a growing uptake amongst consumers for stationary products made from recycled materials, and other environmentally friendly materials. Something that a lot of companies are looking at in an effort to become more ‘green’. The market size of Stationary Distribution in the UK, calculated in 2007, is approximately £2.5bn (retailers selling price), and according to Keynote £1.9bn (manufacturers selling price).
Recycling ConsultantsHelping companies become more 'Green', and looking at ways of helping companies becoming more efficient in the process.
Recycling, consultancy, greenAdvising commercial clients on how to improve processes regarding recycling and waste disposal. Assessing current waste processes and recommending improvements.

Legislative changes such as the WEEE directive etc can provide opportunities guiding small businesses about their environmental responsibilities.

A lot of information currently in the news regarding CSR of companies, and looking to be more green, plus the introduction of accreditations, etc.
Redundancy Support ServicesRange of redundancy support Ssrvices to SME's.Support, Redundancy, SME'sThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Offering a range of support to SME's who are possibly looking to make staff redundant.

This can include things such as working with recruitment agencies to find job opportunities that match skill sets, CV support for employees; provide legal support and guidance to companies to help companies support affected employees. These services can be offered within North Tyneside and North East or further afield should there be sufficient demand and flexibility.

These services could target these companies who may be interested in offering them to their employees during the consultation period of redundancies to help both the employees with any stress they are having, but also from the companies’ point of view to help staff focussed on their current job and help remain productive.

Why is this an opportunity?
Many businesses are going through redundancy at the moment so there could be an opportunity to target these companies to offer services.

Positives
Help employees stay positive and strong through redundancy process. Having these sort of services can benefit both parties, employees feel more supported and can help focus, and companies are in the knowledge they are helping their employees are receiving professional support and this can help employees remain productive whilst they are still in their current job roles.

Negatives
Cost implications for providing support to businesses already looking to make cuts.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who have previously been involved in/or interested in HR/recruitment and business development etc. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:
•Communicating Effectively – this is a key aspect of the support. Understanding and having clear ideas about what is required from both the companies themselves and the employees is important to help deliver the most effective support possible.
•Management and Leadership – Being able to manage and give advice and direction is very important.
•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and develop a custom-made solution that can be flexible to help suit the companies themselves.
•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.
•Motivating People – helping encourage and support people during this stressful time can be very important.
•Organising - being able to organise a bespoke support package around a companies need, and delivery take a lot of organisation.
•Research Skills – being aware of any changes the legislation that impact upon the service, research might be needed to find customers in some cases. Finding the right delivery partners is also important if some services cannot be supported in-house.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Reflexology ServicesHolistic Reflexology Services
Alternative Therapy, Health CareConsultancy services of reflexology to private clients, can be based either out of a retail location, or on a mobile basis.

Also possible opportunity to teach reflexology, e.g to local colleges, etc.

For Further information about reflexology and recommended training refer to The Association of Reflexologists - http://www.aor.org.uk/
Reiki TherapyReiki therapy practitioner.
Reiki, Alternative TherapiesCan be based within a fixed location and/or mobile.

Clients can be both private and referrals from GP's, etc.

There is no formal qualifications to become trained in reiki, but to build reputation, becoming a member of a trade association such as UK Reiki Federation (UKRF), competencies must be proved before joining.
Removal CompanyHome and Office removal services
Removals, TransportingTransporting domestic and office furniture materials between two or more fixed addressed.

Within the commercial sector, some companies are downsizing into cheaper more affordable premises, this could present removal opportunities.

For more information please refer to BAR (The British Association of Removers) www.bar.co.uk, or
GUILD - The National Guild of Removers and Storers www.ngrs.co.uk
Reptile Pet ShopPet shop that specialise in reptiles.Pets, Reptiles, Retail, AccessoriesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at reptile pet retail. This is a pet shop that specialise in reptiles and any accessories that are required specifically for reptiles.

This shop will cater for all reptile needs, both for beginners and experienced reptile hobbyists.

The key to these types of businesses is the personal service provided, with excellent customer care, and experienced.

As well as providing the reptiles themselves, a wide range of equipment can be supplied as many exotic pets have very specific needs in terms of temperature and housing. Demands which are not easily met by first time owners. Accessories can also be sold online.

Why is this an opportunity?
Providing animals and accessories specifically for reptiles.

Positives
Many pet owners choose reptiles as they are less demanding pets than cats, dogs etc.

Negatives
Can be a niche market to have a retail location within North Tyneside.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Domestic Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in animals and pets. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Reseller - clothingReseller of clothing - from casual and sports to work wearReseller, clothing, fashion, sales, business development, new businessSingle Source Supply are currently in the process of rolling out a resellers option which incorporates their clothing business, whereby ambitious individuals can start their own individual clothing businesses and Single Source Supply will become their principal supplier.

All ‘resellers’ will also have access to all of their products/garments within the website www.singlesourceonline.co.uk so therefore, if resellers have for example an enquiry for a specific company wanting work-wear of say fleeces, polo shirts, uniforms etc, they can also speak to Single Source Supply directly for an additional quotation based on their enquiry.

Effectively the reseller can build their own business at their own pace, controlling what stock to buy, control their own margins and also if required can also link up with embroiderers or printers in North Tyneside to add further value to their own business services.
Restaurant Delivery ServiceProvide a delivery service for restaurants within North Tyneside and beyond depending on demand.Driving, Restaurant, Delivery, FoodThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This service is the 3rd party delivery of a number of restaurants who are looking to expand their customer based to takeaway/delivery within the North Tyneside area, and provide a delivery service for these businesses to take away the initial costs of vehicles etc if they were to do this in-house.

Drivers could be exclusive to certain restaurants, or can be on a round delivering from a range of restaurants, this will dependant on the demand.

Delivery could be demanded from a website taking online orders, with details being taken to centralise orders and delivery requests. Online takeaway delivery is fast becoming the preferred choice when it comes to getting fast food service in the UK. This is because you get a greater choice, all from the convenience of a customer’s home.

Why is this an opportunity?
A lot of companies maybe don’t have the capacity to have a delivery service which could attract more customers. Working as a 3rd party deliver service, taking orders and payment on behalf of restaurants for an agreed amount.

Positives
Helping the environment in more than one way. Popular with environmentally friendly people

Negatives
Cost implications for delivery vehicles which could be expensive.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•E-commerce/online
•Food & Drink

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Food & Drink. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having an ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, UK wide, or even worldwide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Having access to a vehicle, and a valid driving license is essential.

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Retail ConsultantRetail Consultant offering services on a freelance basis offering advice on a number of different retail issues.Retail, Consultancy, Support, AdviceRetail Consultant offering services on a freelance basis offering advice on a number of different retail issues.

Services include planning and strategy, shop fitting and layout, merchandise range, product sourcing, stock management control, recruitment of staff, staff/management training plans, visual merchandise display/layout
RickshawTaxi-style service
Transport, Taxi, Green TravelDuring summer months a potential opportunity could be operating on a rickshaw service, specifically in Whitley Bay and Tynemouth, doing tours of coastline, or short “taxi style” service to nearby pubs and restaurants.

This may also be popular as there is a constant drive to becoming more “green” with transport a large target of these campaigns
Roofing MaintenanceRoof repair & replacement services
Roofing, Home Improvement, Building Servicesmaintainenance and replacement of a range of different types of roofs to both the domestic and commercial market.

Possible public tender opportunities in this sector, and opportunities in the installation of solar panels, etc.
Safety EquipmentTo provide specialised safety equipment to local businesses (For example - Port of Tyne.)
Safety EquipmentThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

To provide specialised safety equipment to local businesses.

This includes a range of individual person safety equipment such as clothing, footwear, gloves, personal protection such as eye, head and face protection, head protection, hearing protection and breathing apparatus and other safety equipment.

In terms of safety equipment for business premises use this can include fire alarms, exits, extinguishers, security alarms, signage, and health & safety training.

The supply of these materials can be direct to the businesses on a mail order basis or supplies can be retailed out of a unit within North Tyneside and/or online to widen target market.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is an opportunity that has been highlighted by a local SME who feel there could possibly be a gap ion the market to provide health & safety equipment in North Tyneside.

Positives
There are a wide variety of sectors that may require safety equipment as per their health and safety policies so the target market could potentially be large.

Negatives
Well established competitors.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in retail, and health & safety. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Retail:
This opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations. Helping make recommendations on what safety equipment is needed may also be useful.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Salsa Dance ClassesThis opportunity takes a look at delivering salsa dance classes from a community venue within North Tyneside.Salsa, Dance, Fitness, InstructorThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Salsa dancing is a popular from a dance and exercise that can be taught ether one-on-one or in a group.

The service can target interested people off all capabilities and ages from beginner to advanced. In recent time salsa has been encouraged as a fun way of learning a new skill and losing weight in the process as it involved a lot of physical exercise to help people get in shape. Health benefits include:
• Endurance
• Strength
• Flexibility

As a Salsa Dance Class instructor, you would lead and organise group and individual exercise programmes using various music to help people to improve their health and fitness.
There are no formal qualifications required to start this type of class, though being outgoing and good at motivating are skills that can help people. Being based out of public venues allows start up costs to be kept low.

Why is this an opportunity?
Researchers have reported that social dancing helps to reduce stress, Increase energy, Improve strength and Increase muscle tone and coordination. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) say that dancing can:
• Lower your risk of coronary heart disease
• Decrease blood pressure
• Help you manage your weight
• Strengthen the bones of your legs and hips

Positives
Salsa is very popular, and teaching this kind of dance allows people to be business doing something they love. Can be flexible to fit around other commitments.

Negatives
Teaching people can take a lot of personal time, and a lot of evening and weekend work.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Healthcare/social care

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fitness/Health. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure pupils are satisfied.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Sandwich DeliveryPreparation and Delivery of Sandwiches and other snacks, targeting North Tyneside businesses.Food & Drink, Sandwich, DeliveryThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

A service that provides a delivery service of sandwiches mainly targeting local SME's within the North Tyneside area.

Offering high quality and sandwiches & delivery service in North Tyneside and surrounding areas. This service will target mainly businesses that have limited catering options around them, where orders are in bulk.

Supplies can be sandwiches or other lunch time meals.

This was an opportunity that was highlighted by local North Tyneside SME who felt that the lunch options were limited and they themselves would use this type of service.

There are no formal qualifications required to supply food, but there are courses such as Food Preparation, Level 1 that TyneMet college run that could be of use, or courses around food manufacture and preparation delivered by City & Guilds.

In order to supply food, it is required that you register with the Environmental Health department of North Tyneside Council.

Why is this an opportunity?
Within the North Tyneside area there are lots of SME’s and large organisations. For staff who cannot get out of the office this would be a great service.

Positives
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider using this service if became available.

Convenient for office workers without transport.

Negatives
Costs could be high if needing to buy a vehicle, other costs regarding food can be low. Work may be seasonal at times, especially during times such as factory holiday shut downs etc

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Food & Drink. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:
• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure customers are satisfied.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Scaffolding ContractorSupply of scaffolding services to the construction industry.Scaffolding, Sub-Contract, Construction, BuildingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at scaffolding contractor services. This is the supply of scaffolding services to the construction industry. This allows work to be carried out to high buildings in a safer way.

Services could be offered construction industry, trades and private individuals providing high quality scaffolds, access and hoist solutions. This could include things such as, Scaffold Design & Calculations, the Hire & Erection of all scaffolding, High rise scaffolds, or Temporary Roofs etc. Size of services offered will depend on scaffolding tube & fitting stock.

People looking to provide these services will probably be experienced in these services, though there is training available. The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) has been the nationally recognised scaffolding training scheme.

There are very stringent health & safety regulations within the scaffolding industry, with things such as Health and Safety at Work legislation and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) giving guidelines on what is essential.

Trade associations such as The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) are good sources of information.

The Contractors Health and Safety (CHAS) Assessment Scheme give accreditation which highlights a companies competencies regarding their work. With a lot of scaffolding work being on a sub-contract basis these type of accreditations may help secure work.

Things such as public liability insurance also needs to be considered.

Why is this an opportunity?
Construction companies require these businesses to carry out their services, but a lot of companies will sub contract this out due the cost involved on purchasing and storing scaffolding equipment as opposed to rental.

Positives
According to Yell.com there are approximately 700+ companies in Tyne and wear that are involved in building services such Building maintenance & repair, loft conversions, and roofing services that may require scaffolding contractors.

Negatives
In a lot of cases you are relying on subcontract work being available. In there is an affect in the construction industry there are direct impacts upon this sector.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Domestic Services
•Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in construction. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
School Drop Off and Pick upOffering a school drop off and pick up service within North Tyneside.Drop off, Pick up, School, TransportPeople may use this service if they work full time/and or day time hours, so they are unable to do this due to work commitments or they may not have their own transport.

According to latest figures there are approx 36,000 children within North Tyneside, which can be targeted.
School Uniform ShopSpecialist retail of children school clothing.Clothing, Children, SchoolwearThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Retail of children’s clothing, specialising in the supply of school uniforms and accessories.

Typical clothing retailed can include polo shirts, sweatshirts and knitwear, trousers, blazers and jackets, sports kits. Along with blouses, skirts and pinafores for girls and shirts, trousers for boys.

Additional supplies could be stationery for school including pencil cases, pens and pencils, felt tip pens and highlighters, notepads, folders, rulers and maths sets.

This can be based out of a retail unit within North Tyneside, where close proximity to local schools and transport routes may be a help for foot fall. Products can also be sold online for convenience to some customers.

Why is this an opportunity?
This opportunity has been highlighted by a local North Tyneside SME who feel there is a potential gap in the market particularly within Wallsend

Positives
School uniforms are a bargain. They are becoming far less expensive than many other clothes

Negatives
Chain stores such as ASDA are popular for school uniforms and accessories along with various online competitors.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are retail.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in fashion & clothing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:
•Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.


Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Scrap Metal CollectionScrap Metal pick up serviceWaste, Scrap Metal, Collection, RecyclingThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Offering a service where customers have an opportunity to have their scrap metal gathered to be sold on or recycled.

This service will offer a free scrap metal collection & recycling service, eco friendly scrap metal clearances and collections, to both industrial commercial and private customers.

The service includes cash on collection of scrap metal but may also include services such as complete factory clearance, including removing all waste.
Typical metals collected include Aluminium, Steel, Copper, Lead etc.
To set up this business you must ensure you are a licensed waste carrier.

Why is this an opportunity?
The metals sector has traditionally been one of the most profitable recycling industries, with an estimated turnover of between £4 billion and £5 billion a year. The sector's trade organisation, the British Metals Recycling Association (BMRA), estimates that, in 2006, it recovered 15 million tonnes of material, and metal recovered in the UK is used as a raw material both domestically and overseas.

Positives
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Because of the amounts involved can be competitive and people in various trades who may work with these materials are aware of the value of scrap metal.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
•Business Services
•Health, safety & environmental

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in recycyling. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Seafront Cycle Hire and Segway Hirehire of equipmentsegway, cycleThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This will be a business which provides tourists and people living in the area a bicycle and segway rental service to enjoy the heart of the North East.

Another service that can potentially be offered once the business is up and running is offering a tour of the area for groups of people, and also looking into stag and hen parties as well as corporate events.

Why is this an opportunity?
This business would be promoting eco friendly travel and will help the environment

Positives
Riding a segway is an entirely new experience; they increase self confidence and create a sense of achievement for all. The machines are emission free and are virtually silent compared to anything else making them an extremely environmentally friendly.

Negatives
Purchasing the initial bikes and segways for the business could be costly

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fitness and Health. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.


If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Security ConsultantAssesing security standards of both domestic and commercial property.Security, Safety, Theft PreventionOffering consultancy services to assess the security of both domestic and industrial premises, and recommending/brokering possible imporvements and suppliers of these services.
Security ServicesPublic House/Nightclub Security, Public Events Security
Security, Bouncer, Door Staff Providing security services to licensed premises or at public events.

Services include ensuring safety of customers both entering and during their stay on the premises, and a safe exit in a Public house etc.

Also part of this service is ensuring Licensed premises customers are of legal age to drink alcohol or be on the premesises or providing security at public events etc
Security services - Commercial servicescommercial securry services for businesses.security, B2BThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This business has had security problems on this trading estate, and they used to get cover from first the council then a private firm, they have expressed an idea of a company who could look after the estate and even to the point of a mobile phone response that they could pay monthly and be notified of anything untoward.

This could range from CCTV or onsite security.

Why is this an opportunity?
Premises that have good security features will attract businesses to an area, and a business themselves having security can help protect themselves of vandals and theft of products/supplies. If businesses don’t operate smoothly then it can potentially cost them a lot of money by them potentially not being able to fulfil customer demands and could harm both the short and long term success of a business.

Positives
Businesses can be protected against theft and vandalism.

Negatives
Some industrial estates already have established suppliers of these services and if they don’t it is usually because they cant afford it which means the price of the services will be very important and requires research.


Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services


Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in security services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Self catering accommodationproviding short tern self atering accommodationhotel, accommodationThis opportunity is something that has been highlighted by a NT resident as something they feel is lacking in the area. This could provide both something for people of NT as well as attract visitors to the area.

There could be an opportunity to provide furnished apartments providing short term accommodation.

These can be advertised and booked online or by a booking company to provide short time accommodation to visitors. Based within North Tyneside.

Hotels & accommodations are suited to areas where demand could not support a hotel and due to North Tyneside being close to Newcastle City Centre this could be ideal. Pricing can depend on the number of room’s available, location, type of market being targeted and standard of rooms taking into account near by competition.

Due to nature and demand this opportunity requires a lot of research in the idea as location, price and quality is crucial to the success of the service. There is planned regeneration of certain services and areas within North Tyneside so if this bring in more inward investment and increases tourism, this in turn could increase the demand of such a service.

Why is this an opportunity
This is something that has been highlighted by a NT resident as something they feel is lacking in the area. This could provide both something for people of NT as well as attract visitors to the area.

Positives
Not currently a huge choice in Wallsend and throughout NT for B&B’s & hotels, there is a gap in the market potentially, though thorough research is needed.

Negatives
There are also a few chain-hotels that are near by as competition.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in hospitality services. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

- Communicating Effectively - this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

- Organising - being able to organise guests bookings, and cleaning of rooms, preparation of meals etc.

- Customer service skills - offering guests high customer service are a massive part of running a hotel. though facilities are important, it is the personal service that people receive that can help attract regular customers and word of mouth advertising.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Self employed Sales AgentsCommision based freelance Sales agent.Sales, self-employed, comission-basedAs more companies are looking to tighten their belts in and make a lot of redundancies but continue to want to grow it may present an opportunity for self employees sales agents to possible work on a commission basis.
Senior Make Over ServiceThis opportunity is based within the senior sector to offer make over services such as hair, make-up etc on a mobile basis.Beauty, Fashion, Make-overThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity is based within the senior sector to offer make over services such as hair, make-up etc on a mobile basis.

Statistics are showing that people are now living longer. Currently (2011) 17.6% of the population in North Tyneside are ages over 65 and 2.4% aged 85+. In the next 5 years this is expected to change to 18.9% 65+ and 2.7% 85+ to get an idea of the potential target customers. These figures are given by National Statistics.

There could be an opportunity to target these services within care homes, to offer these services to residents There are 131 care homes located in Tyne and Wear that could potentially be targeted, with 22 of these located in North Tyneside.

Why is this an opportunity?
This is a service that is coming more popular and will target elderly people who are unable to leave their home, or may welcome this type of service within their care home. Could be an asset to care homes and could attract new residents when promoting these services.

Positives
Service which ensure elderly people don't have to leave the house, and convenient and in the comfort of your own home.

Negatives
Research is important to ensure that the visit to each care home is cost effective in the number of clients that require services.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Domestic Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Hair & Beauty. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Senior Photography ServicesThis opportunity is based within care homes to offer photography services to residents.Senior, PhotographyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity is based within care homes to offer photography services to residents. This could fit in with additional services offered to care homes such as make over services, hairdressing etc on a mobile basis.

Statistics are showing that people are now living longer. Currently (2011) 17.6% of the population in North Tyneside are ages over 65 and 2.4% aged 85+. In the next 5 years this is expected to change to 18.9% 65+ and 2.7% 85+ to get an idea of the potential target customers. These figures are given by National Statistics.

There could be an opportunity to target these services within care homes, to offer these services to residents There are 131 care homes located in Tyne and Wear that could potentially be targeted, with 22 of these located in North Tyneside

Why is this an opportunity?
This is a service that is coming more popular and will target elderly people who are unable to leave their home. This will be good for family portraits and for special occasions.

Positives
Services within the homes so no need to leave and can be great presents for family members.

Negatives
Expense for residents who will not have a monthly income. Research is important to ensure that the visit to each care home is cost effective in the number of clients that require services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in photography. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Senior Social Care EquipmentSupplying equipment for senior social care, e.g fall detectors or panic buttons.
Senior Care, Health & Safety, EquipmentThe Audit Commission said the £9bn a year social care bill will double by 2026 if current practices continue, as care at home is high cost, this sector could be a opportunity due to the increasing ageing population both in the North East, and in the UK

Possible opportunities with Public Tendering within this sector
Senior Training SpecialistRunning specific training programmes aimed at older members of the community to help develop there personal skills, gain qualifications and boost confidence levels.
Training, Up-skill, SeniorRunning specific training programmes aimed at older members of the community to help develop there personal skills, gain qualifications and boost confidence levels.

Targeting 60+ people who maybe of retirement age but still wish to up-skill themselves, and help find the older working population suitable jobs etc.

This may also be more desirable amongst companies who are downsizing as senior employees may be happier working part time hours etc.
Senior/Disablilty Baths & EquipmentInstalling easy access baths
Senior Care, Health Care AccessoriesSpecialist baths that are designed for the domestic use of senior client and/or those who may have disabilities or difficulties accessing normal bath tubs.
SEO SpecialistSearch Engine Optimisation consultancyOnline Marketing, Advice, WebsiteLinking in with local web designers and offering the service freelance to improve the traffic to websites, or quality of traffic to websites using a range of techniques in a Internet marketing strategy to run alongside websites.

Also provide direct advice to SMEs on how to improve and utilise online marketing
Sheet Metal SuppliesProviding sheet metal suppliesSheet Metal, Manufacturing, SuppliesThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

This opportunity looks at providing sheet metal supplies. This potential service has been highlighted by a North Tyneside business already set up in the area, however they currently buy out of area due to costs, and would buy locally if there was a choice.

Supplies could be a range of sheet metal supplies in a range of different materials. This could include supply stainless steel, aluminium & brass etc.

Sheet metal has applications in car bodies, airplane wings, medical tables, roofs for buildings and many other things. Sheet metal of iron and other materials with high magnetic permeability, also known as laminated steel cores, has applications in transformers and electric machines. Historically, an important use of sheet metal was in plate armor worn by cavalry, and sheet metal continues to have many decorative uses, including in horse tack, so is very popular in the market.

Due to the niche nature of this type of product, thorough research into demand and pricing is essential.

Why is this an opportunity?
Identified by a local sme as a service/product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Positives
These types of materials are required in a number of different industries.

Negatives
Can be a niche market. Start up costs may be quite high.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested or have experience in sheet metal. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Shiatsu ServicesShiatsu practitioner. Can be based within a fixed location and/or mobile. Clients can be both private and refferals from GP's, etc.
Shiatsu, Alternative TherapyBecoming members of recognised trade associations such as - Members on the Register of Professional Practitioners of the Shiatsu Society (MRSS) will help build reputation.

Only practitioners who have successfully completed an assessment for professionalism and clinical expertise by a panel by the Society’s independent panel of practitioners and teachers of Shiatsu can carry ‘MRSS’ after their name.
Shoe Repair ServiceThis opportunity takes a look at setting up a shoe repair service within North Tyneside.footwear, repairThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This service is to repair a range of different footwear, but may also repair other accessories such as belts and bags. Typical services include:
• Re-healing shoes or boots
• Rebuilding a shoe/boot
• Clean or polish shoes

The service would usually be based in a high street location, or based near shopping centre’s where there may be a lot of footfall. There may also be opportunities to provide other services such as key cutting etc or there may be the possibility of partnering with these types of services to share premises costs.

The service could be having general repair, or could specialise in repair and adjusting shoes for specific reasons such as orthopedic footwear.

In order to operate as a shoe repairer you don’t need any specific qualifications, but you will need to have experience of this type of service of take a course to learn these skills. Word of mouth marketing will be important to these types of services so having happy customers is important.

Why is this an opportunity?
This have been a opportunity that has been highlighted as a potential service that they feel is missing in certain parts of North Tyneside.

Positives
Providing shoe repair services can be a cost effective way of maintaining footwear instead of having to buy new which will appeal to some people.

Negatives
Cheaper footwear being provided by budget stores can be competition.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in footwear. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Retail:
this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products/services and personal workload to make sure customers are satisfied.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Shop FitterShop Fitting ServicesShop Fitting, Design, InstallationsTurnkey services from design to fit out.

Services include Shop Fitting, Office Furniture, Reception Counters, Suspended Ceilings, and Display Fittings.

Possible opportunities could exist in both retail and commercial office sector.
Sign Language InterpreterTo provide Sign Language Interpretation services on a free lance basis.Sign language, Commmunication.This opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

To provide Sign Language Interpretation services on a free lance basis.

British Sign language (BLS) interpreters help with communication between people who can only communicate through verbal communication with people who use sign language. BLS is the most common form of Sign Language within Britain.

Demand for sign language interpreter services can be from various potential areas such as business support agencies or general business services during events/exhibitions, local councils, in cases of medical assistance such as hospitals/doctors, schools and other education situations or other times when communication is essential.
‘The Organisation and Provision of British Sign Language/English Interpreters in England, Scotland and Wales’ report it is estimated that there are between 28,000 and 70,000 Deaf people who use British Sign Language as their first or preferred language.

For further information trade associations are a good source of industry information. These include Signature - www.signature.org.uk (formerly The Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People CACDP), The Association of Sign Language Interpreters – http://www.asli.org.uk, and British Deaf Association (BDA) - www.bda.org.uk.
In order to deliver services, it will be important to register with relevant ‘supplier registers’ to make these organisations aware of the services available to them.

Qualifications are required to operate as a freelance British Sign language (BLS) interpreter. Signature (are a charity which promotes excellence in communication with deaf people) deliver these qualifications from level 1 to level 6. more information is available on their website: http://www.signature.org.uk/page.php?content=10

Why is this an opportunity?
There are a number of people who require these services, with research showing the amount of people who use BSL as their communication method being between 50,000 – 70,000.

Positives
There is a demand for these types of services.

Negatives
Difficult to judge the demand for services due to the nature of the sector, very much a niched service. needs thorough research to look into the demand within North Tyneside.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are trained to deliver in sign language communication or interested in this. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – communication is crucial, and being trained to deliver these services.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research may also be useful to help target potential customers and users of the services.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Signage Design and PrintDesign and Print of signage.Signs, Design, PrintThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To design and print of signage for businesses, including retail shop frontage, and in store signage.

Design can be on behalf of public and private sector organisations looking to have their signage changed or produced. this will include retail shop frontage, and in store signage. This can be a range of different types such as 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional signage, illuminating, window signage.

This can be on a subcontract basis for printers/designers and marketing departments.

Why this is an opportunity
Signage if very important to attract footfall in retail and the pub/restaurant trade. Branding is an important part of marketing and advertising, so there is regularly the need for signage to be considered and reviewed.

Positives
Vast array of retail businesses to target, and link in with design agencies and printers.

Negatives
Important to make the right contacts as work may come on a subcontract basis some of the time. In order to maintain a busy workload, may have to work out of area.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in marketing and are creative. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials. Important to fully understand what is required by the customer.

•Working to deadlines – services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the service where there may be times where more work comes in at the same time, to manage this process and bring in partner organisations on a subcontract basis if necessary.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Singing TeacherThis opportunity takes a look at operating a singing tuition service within North Tyneside.Singing, Music, Teacher, TuitionThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This service can either be in group sessions in a community venue, or on a one-to-one mobile basis, dependant on the requirements of the client.

A singing tuition service will be delivered in group format on individually and will usually cover the following:
• Vocal coaching
• Singing & breathing techniques
• Tuition in a range of different styles
• Musical theory
• Intensive mentoring

This service can be based from home for administrative tasks to help keep costs low, though if the service is on a mobile basis there will need to be access to some kind of transport, and the costs involved considered.

In order to operate as a self employed singing tutor, though for private work there may not be the need to be fully qualified, in order to offer services to places such as local schools/colleges there will be a need to demonstrate skills, usually in the form of having a degree in teaching or performing arts/music related.

Why is this an opportunity?
Singing tuition can cover a vast range of different styles and there may be the option of linking in with schools, colleges, theatre productions etc.

Positives
This role can be flexible and fit around other work or family commitments.

Negatives
Due to the nature of the service, business may be sporadic.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Tuition.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in singing and music. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Ski Wear RetailOnline retail of specialist ski wear
Ski, Online, RetailOpportunities to link in with schools doing regular ski holidays abroab, in addition to local ‘dry slopes’ and the development of new indoor slope in North East.

Online Retail means potential target market is uk wide or more
Skin Care RetailOnline retail of skin care products
Skincare, Beauty ProductsOnline retail of specialist skin care products, with a wide range of products specific to different needs such as sensitive skin etc.

Products include tanning lotion and after sun care specific to summer, in addition to a range of skin cream throughout the year.
Slimming ClubOffering nutritional & slimming advice could be an opportunity in North Tyneside and the surrounding areas.
Weight, Health, Diet, Fitness, Slimming
A lot of emphasis is put on diet and health. Research shows that men are now as image conscious as women so this could be a growth area.

Offering services such as diet plans to aid slimming, and have regular classes to monitor how clients are feeling.
SME Skill Assesment & Training PlansDeveloping a programme to help assess and develop employees Skills and competancies.Training, Skills, Asessment, Continuous ImprovementDeveloping a programme to help assess and develop employees Skills and competencies.

Targeting SME's to offer development plans for employees, and to assess how training employees need to perform efficiently in their roles to get the best performance.

A lot of companies are committed to the continuous development of their employees.

Targeting companies that have the investor in People accreditation may be an opportunity as these companies are demonstrating the commitment to their staff.
Social Enterprise Specific Specialist Supportspecialist social enterprise supportsocial enterprise, CICThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Offering a specialist social enterprise support service that will help people research, test and set up their social enterprise. Though services can be delivered throughout the north east it is worth seeing what support is available in particular places as some services are offering free support with social enterprises. For example, The Business Factory can offer a social enterprise support package free of charge but this is exclusive to North Tyneside so there will be areas where there may not be this kind of support.

Why is this an opportunity?
This type of business model is increasing in popularity given the opportunity to attract funding etc.

Positives
Social enterprise is expected to be a growth area, given the business model.

Negatives
More and more business support services seeing social enterprises as a potential growth area so some of their focus regarding their support offer is reflecting this.


Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in and have knowledge of setting up and running a social enterprise. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Low Cost start up:
Initial start up costs of this opportunity can be potentially quite low, allowing financial barriers to entry to be low, and possibly make return on investment easier to achieve.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Social Marketing Media ConsultancyTo provide a consultancy working on social network and marketing techniques.Social Network, MarketingTo provide a consultancy working on social network and marketing techniques.

Social Networking and marketing is becoming ever popular and can be a very cost effective way of marketing a business, and a way of cutting costs of more traditional marketing methods such as costly advertising etc.

Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are free for businesses to use and can reach huge amounts of people, but they do need time and effort put into them for them to reap the benefits.

Offering to operate these on behalf of companies may be a opportunity as it allows companies to have a expert keeping up their online presence, but doesn't require such time to be spent within the company.

Time could be block booked out and used on a monthly basis dependant on usage. Offering this freelance basis allows there to be a number of companies outsourcing their social marketing at the same time.
Software DeveloperThis opportunity takes a look at operating as a freelance software developer.Software, developer, web designThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

This type of service will be working on a freelance basis to design, build and develop computer programmes that enable a company and its systems work more efficiently. This can either be on a private customer basis, or can be on a subcontract basis from other agencies e.g carrying out work on a sub-contract basis for web design/marketing, business development agencies who may offer a range of services but don’t have software development capabilities in-house.

The process involved in developing software includes:
• Meet with client to discuss need, or receive brief
• Build software to brief
• Test software for bugs
• Install software into organisation
• Ongoing support

In order to operate as a software developer you will usually have degree qualifications in software development to show capabilities. Portfolios and testimonials also help demonstrate this.

Why is this an opportunity?
Companies are increasingly looking towards computer and software systems to help develop their systems to make them more effective and efficient.

Positives
Many sectors to target.

Negatives
Can be competitive

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Computing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Solar Energy CanopiesThis opportunity looks at solar-powered canopies.Solar, Canopy, EnergyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

In recent years the smoking ban has forced a lot of pubs etc. into providing external shelter for customers in the form of canopies, or 'smokers sheds'.

Some companies in the canopy sector are developing their products to fit in with renewable energy opportunities and this could be something that could be provided in NT, through the form of PV canopies to be used as a power source.

Photovoltaic cells are something that has become increasingly more popular due to the government looking at renewable energy options. Photovoltaic’s (PV) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect.

Given government schemes such as green deal and feed in tariffs etc, a lot of home owners and businesses are looking into the possible benefits of using PV systems as there is the potential to earn an income by feeling into the National Grid. In order for customers to benefit from feed-in tariff scheme their work must be carried out by a MCS accredited installer. For further information on this please see www.microgenerationcertification.org.

A good place for further information regarding sector news is The Renewable Energy Association (REA) - www.r-e-a.net

If the panels weren’t to be manufactured in-house due to high start up costs, a reliable supplier will need to be sourced to provide bespoke solutions for customers.

Why is this an opportunity?
Potential sectors to target with these products include pubs, restaurants, hotels and bingo halls as these places have been affected by smoking bans resulting in their customers having to smoke off-site. In addition to this research has shown that as a result of the smoking ban, in addition to an increased demand/usage for outdoor heating and lighting since the ban, there is also a greater need for ventilation systems – which means that these businesses are also using more electricity/energy.

This could help provide energy for the building and/or any lighting or heating that these canopies etc use.

Positives
Potential earnings from feed-in tariffs etc, though to qualify for feed-in tariffs the installation must be MCS accredited.

Negatives
PV systems are still quite expensive to purchase both from suppliers, and these costs need to be passed onto customers.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in renewable energy systems/solutions. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Specialist knowledge – as PV is a very specialised sector, having expertise, knowledge and experience is very important.

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Sound & Noise ConsultancyProviding noise, vibration and acoustic consultancy services
Building Regulations, Noise Pollution, ConsultancyServices include carrying out noise surveys, which can be targeted industrial and retail customers.

Industrial services can include Building Regulations Approved Document E Sound Insulation Testing, Pre Completion Acoustic Testing and Noise Testing.

A lot of bars come under local opposition from local residents due to fears of noise pollution amongst other things, sound proofing is essential for bars to be able to trade within town centres with residents near by.

Planning Policy Guidance 24: Planning and Noise guides local authorities in England on how to help minimise impact of noise.

For more information regarding noise at work please refer to Health & Safety Executive - www.hse.gov.uk/noise/ or Communities & Local Government website for guidelines for local authorities on noise reduction www.communities.gov.uk
Sound Insulation ServicesSound Insulation Services.Installation, Sound Insulation.This opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside


To provide sound insulation services to buildings in the North East area.

Services include acoustic testing and consultancy services for soundproofing of buildings including noise surveys and assessment, sound insulation testing, sound test and pre-completion sound tests for building regulations, part E.

Part E of the Building Regulations, deals with sound insulation within buildings, prevention of the passage of sound from within dwelling houses and to adjoining buildings as well as the acoustic conditions within school buildings:
E1 – Protection against sound from other parts of the building and adjoining buildings
E2 – Protection against sound within a dwelling house
E3 – Reverberation in common internal parts of a residential building
E4 – Acoustic Conditions in Schools

Potential markets
Businesses such as office fit outs, new build homes, pubs and clubs throughout the North East area. There is also the potential to carry out work for noise control within buildings which may be necessary in schools and colleges who have music departments for example.

Why this is an opportunity
Soundproofing of buildings reduce noise pollution which is a legal requirement of buildings, particular in building sector.

Positives
In addition to the actual carrying out of sound proofing, additional services can be carried out around the noise testing and consultancy. According to Yell.com there are 10 Noise & Vibration Consultants in Tyne & Wear.

Negatives
Part of the services offered maybe affected by other industry changes, e.g construction industry

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are experienced in building industry and insulation. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations. With sound consultancy advising on solutions is essential.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Specialist Cake makingSpecialist cake making for weddings, christenings or personalised cakes for Birthdays and other special occasions.Cake, baking, wedding cakeSpecialist cake making for weddings, christenings or personalised cakes for Birthdays and other special occasions.
Specialist CateringSpecialising in a range of different types of catering to suit customersFood, Catering, EventsExamples include an authentic Chinese buffet, or having a range of vegan foods on offer for events or functions that may be taking place. Targeting Business centres or venues with conferencing facilities.

Catering businesses are required to register with Environmental Health Services, apply for a food registration with the local council, and have eligible food handling and hygiene training.

For further information please see Food Standards Agency; http://www.food.gov.uk/
Specialist Clothing Design/ manufactureDesigning and manufacturing a range of niche market clothing such as baby and maternity ranges this can then be sold in own retail outlet of online or try to get other retailers to stock.Clothing, designOther services could be a bespoke “to order” service from customer designs.
Specialist Musical Instrument ShopRetail Outlet providing musical instruments and maintenance.Musical Instruments, Online, RepairA retail outlet selling a range of instruments or specialised specific instrument depending on choice/demand.

A popular instrument that is sold within specialist music stores on the high street is Guitars and accessories. This can include electric, acoustic, and bass guitars and can vary between new, used and vintage guitars.

Instrument tuning, and repair for customers can also be provided within the shop.

Things such as sheet music and song books of recent artists could be retailed. There could also be educational supplies such as music books aimed at GCSE’s etc, or tuition Cd’s/DVD’s for beginners.

Musical software could also be sold in store or online. This includes things such as production software, virtual instruments & plug-ins etc.

There are currently 3 specialist music shops advertised within North Tyneside – 2 in Whitley Bay, 1 in North Shields so there may be opportunities in other areas of the borough.

There is also the opportunity to have an Ebay store which could extend client base nationally.
Specialist Travel and HospitalityArranging specialist travel and hospitality. This could be arranging away day tickets, transport and hotels for sporting events such as football, rugby. Travel, hospitality, hotelFootball in particular being very well supported from local teams with large followings. Other options could be for other sporting events such as the World cup or Olympic.
Speech TherapistSpeech and language therapist.Speech, Therapy, SupportPrivate speech and language services assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability.

Therapy and advise can be offered for a number of difficulties such as Autism, Asperger’s syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech delay, language delay, brain injury, learning disability, Down’s syndrome, voice problems, dysphasia, stuttering, stammering.

Services can be offered in North Tyneside and throughout the North East. According to Yell.com there are only 1 other speech therapist actively marketing themselves.

Joining trade associations such as The Association of Speech and Language Therapists can build reputation and allows for your services to be listed within their website for people looking for local speech therapists – see www.helpwithtalking.com for further information.
Sport and Exercise PsychologistThis opportunity looks into operating a sport & psychology service based within North Tyneside.Psychology, Sports, InjuryThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Sport and exercise psychologists study the mental and emotional effects of taking part in sport and exercise working with clients both in groups but usually on a one-to-one basis and help with a range of things such as confidence, helping alleviate nerves, approve concentration and motivation or help with maybe anxiety after an injury.

Clients can come from a range of different backgrounds and be interested in a range of different sports. The service can also range from supporting professional athletes, to amateur level helping clients both prepare, train and perform better.

A lot of the work that is carried out with clients is helping with the psychological side of competing, helping manage confidence and motivation, and helps with out client-specific plans and goals to help move forward.
In order to be qualified as a sports psychologist, you will need to complete a degree, post graduate qualification in addition to gaining experience under supervision. For further details on this please see British Psychological Society (BPS) - www.bps.org.uk and British Association of Sports and Exercise Scientists BASES) - www.bases.org.uk for further information.

Why is this an opportunity?
The concept of sports psychology is becoming increasingly noticed and recognised in sport.

Positives
Diverse client group to potentially target.

Negatives
Can take a long time to become qualified. A lot of information, although not bespoke to client, is available online. Very much a niche market so experience and good contacts is very important.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in sports science and psychology. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Sports PhysiotherapistThis opportunity looks at operating a professional Sports physiotherapy service within North Tyneside.Physio, Sport, injury, rehabThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

The service is aimed at helping sportsmen and sportswomen return to full fitness following an injury and to work with the client for injury prevention. It may also be required to advise on certain injuries and draw up bespoke fitness plans.


Sports physiotherapists can work with a range of different people ranging from professional athletes to amateur sportspeople, across a range of sports. Typical work would include:

• Examine clients & accurately diagnose an injury
• Agree a rehabilitation programme with client, which can be bespoke to particular sport.
• Regularly assess progress, and vary treatment such as hydrotherapy, gym work, massage, electrotherapy etc.
• Post recovery there may be regular treatments for injury prevention and monitoring, dependant on the injury.

It may help to specialise in one area, where it be by type of sport, or by time of injury to differentiate from other Physiotherapy services, though this could limit some clients so research is needed.

In order to operate as a professional sports physiotherapist, you need to become qualified as a chartered physiotherapist, this is achieved by completing a physiotherapy degree approved by the Health Professions Council (HPC). When you have completed the degree, you will be eligible for state registration and membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Why is this an opportunity?
Sports is increasingly encouraged as part of being fit and healthy, but with sports there are injuries. With things such as the Olympics approaching there may be an increased level of sports. There may be the opportunity to operate for referrals from GP’s and NHS, though this would require research.

Positives
You could combine working in sports physiotherapy with other general physiotherapy work, or train in additional therapies, such as acupuncture.

Negatives
Can be competitive with the NHS offering Physio therapy services. Can take time and money to become trained if not already.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Healthcare/social care. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Sports Retail OutletBased out of a retail location within North Tyneside selling sports clothing and equipment.Sports, Clothing, RetailThis opportunity was a need identified by a local SME. Part of what The Business Factory is aiming to do is engage with North Tyneside Businesses to provide current ‘live’ opportunities for people looking to go self employed. These engagements are aimed at highlighting the needs of the North Tyneside Business Community and helping spot and potentially fill gaps in the local supply chain etc.

Based out if a retail location within North Tyneside selling sports clothing and equipment.

This includes retail of general sportswear and accessories, sports fashion clothing, as well as specialist sports equipment including football, cricket accessories etc. Whilst engaging with local businesses and North Tyneside residents, the need for another sports retail outlet in something that has been highlighted.

In addition to the retail outlet, clothing and equipment can be sold online to widen the target market to potentially reach more customers and have a larger customer base.

Why is this an opportunity?
This opportunity has been highlighted by local North Tyneside consumers who feels North shields has a gap for a quality sports retail shop. There are a number of gyms and places where exercise is encouraged in North Tyneside so there is a need for sports clothing in the practical sense as well as fashion purposes.

Positives
Identified by a local SME as a product they feel is lacking in North Tyneside and would consider purchasing locally if this was to become available.

Negatives
Competition from bigger sports chains that are currently based at the Silver link shopping complex in North Shields.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in sports, clothing and accessories. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

•Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

•Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having an ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.

•Organising - being able to organise both the delivery of the products when selling online, or managing stock levels in a retail outlet.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research into best supply of products can also be useful to help keep costs as low as possible; in addition to research into fashion trends may also be beneficial in this type of business.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Spray Tanning SalonOperating a Spray Tanning Service, based out of a retail unit
Tanning, Beauty ProductsAs the government become stricter on the use of sun beds, with a move to ban under 18's from using sunbeds moving closer, and mass media covering the damage to the skin sun beds present, this will present opportunities for spray tanning as a healthier alternative.
Stained Glass ServicesBespoke hand made stained glass work.Glass Work, Glazing, ConstructionBespoke hand made stained glass work.

Work can be commissioned on behalf of both private and public clients. This type of work is common in building such as churches and some public buildings, but can also be a niche market in the private home owner and conservation work. Making local property developers and architects aware of services may bring work in.

There are no formal qualifications required to operate in this sector, but experience and competencies in this area will need to be demonstrated to interested parties. People usually operating within this sector have received training in glass work of some sort.

For more information please see The British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP) www.bsmgp.org.uk
Starting A BlogRunning a blog specific to a specialist area.
Blog, OnlineOnline blogging can be based from home, and is very flexible in terms of working hours, etc.

Using free blogging sites or used on a professional purchased domain, as well as using online advertising techniques which can help drive traffic to the blog.

This is a very important area for people who are passionate about certain topics they are blogging about, and making money from this might only happen with a continued effort.
Stationery SupplierSupplying stationary to local SME'S in North Tyneside.
Stationary, SME'SSupplying stationary to local SME'S in North Tyneside.

According to companies house there are 6000+ businesses that can be targeted, with even more in nearby Newcastle and throughout Tyne and Wear.

The Stationary sector is a mature sector with a turnover of £1.9bn (at manufacturers selling price) in 2007.

At a recent North Tyneside Business Forum networking event (November 2010) alot of the businesses present commented on the fact they felt that stationery supplies were an opportunity within North Tyneside.
Stationery Vending MachinesTo provide stationery products from vending machines in various locations.Stationery, Vending, SupplyThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

To provide stationery products from vending machines in various locations.

There is the potential to target schools, colleges and universities. These will be equipped with all the necessary stationery that is needed whilst in a place of study. These vending machines will be based in colleges, schools and universities throughout North Tyneside and North East if demand is great enough. Another area that could prove an opportunity is to have these kinds of vending machines targeted private companies.

Why this is an opportunity?
A regular need that local SME’s within North Tyneside feel there could be a gap in the market is the supply of stationery. Although there are stationery suppliers around, a lot of businesses feel that the convenience of purchasing stationery could be more suitable. Vending machines could potentially target business centres, workspaces, areas near business trading estates in locations that local supply is not convenient to the business.

Positives
A lot of businesses have commented that the purchasing of their stationery isn’t convenient and they would benefit from having other methods available for convenience or impulsive purchasing of small products.

Negatives
Initial start up costs could be costly.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are retail.

Retail: this opportunity is involved in the sale of products or services from a retail location. It is important to research to get the retail location that has the most footfall or the right facilities (parking etc), understand your customers and where they can be reached to make sure it is the right business to suit the business type. Increasingly either solely or as an addition to a retail location is the online retail of goods through platforms such as websites or eBay etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector.

For this opportunity core competencies include:
Organising - being able to organise and maintain stock levels at the various locations of vending machines.

Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills. If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Stock Digital Image SupplyOnline Retail f images for personal and professional use.Images, Photography, OnlineThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity looks at Digital Image Supply.

This type of business will generally be based online, exhibiting a number of different images that are for general sale. The images displayed may be the property of one/or more artists who list their images on the site and will enter into an agreement to distinguish what percentage of the sale each party will receive. It is important to have a stock of images to help attract customers to the site with a lot of choice.

Customers may be general enthusiasts or commercial clients will require professional images for marketing purposes.

According to the Forum of Private Business’ (FPB), the number of small businesses that are facing copyright claims are rising as there are a number of companies that are using images on their websites that they are not licensed to use, and are being urged to check their images.

This may present an opportunity to provide companies with images that they are licensed to use and avoid incurring any copyright fines etc.

Dealing with SME's to provide licensed images for digital use.

Why is this an opportunity?
Websites and digital media in general are increasingly becoming popular methods of marketing. Having licensed images is important to businesses as they will have the authority to use these images and won't have any legal issues.

Positives
There are a rising number of companies who are concerned or who have been penalised for using unlicensed images on their websites.

Negatives
Can be a competitive market as images can be sold and downloaded worldwide. Some images are also available under the Creative Commons licence scheme, but these are not always suitable and the choice is limited.

Start up costs may be high as a high quality website will be required to both attract customers and artists.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in photography and art. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Tags:
• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Stock PhotographyHaving a catalogue of images that can be exhibited locally or sold via local markets within North Tyneside and Tyne and Wear.Images, Photography, Image LibraryHaving a catalogue of images that can be exhibited locally or sold via local markets within North Tyneside and Tyne and Wear.

In addition to this work can also be shown and sold online.

This is a business opportunity that can be ran in spare time and maybe suited to someone who is interested in photography as a hobby and is interested in selling some of their work.
Stonemason ServicesOffering Stonemason Services in the North East areaStonemasonry, ConstructionThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Stonemason Services in the North Tyneside and North East Area.

A stonemason will carve stonework with things such as lettering or decoration typically for home or commercial construction work. It is common for stonemason’s to become involved in home restoration for older properties and is involved in the fitting of stonework in a property, this can be both interior and exterior work.

As the work is very skilled, work can be both on a sub-contract basis for companies in the building sector who will buy in this expertise or direct to private customers who may want these types of services for private renovation etc.

Other stonemasonry work that could also be carried out is for things such as engraving of headstones, so services could be offered to these types of companies too.

For sector research, trade associations are good places for information. Stone Federation is the official trade association for the natural stone industry - www.stone-federationgb.org.uk

According to Yell.com there are 7 Stonemasons that are based within Tyne and wear.

Why is this an opportunity?
Stonemasonry services within the North Eat, this can be commercial sub-contracting or for private customers.

Positives
Can be a varied target group that could use services.

Negatives
Thorough research is needed to look into areas of where the services will be needed. There may be the need to take on work out of area due to workload and this may not suit all people.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are quite artistic and enjoy manual work. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Online:
This opportunity can be ran online via e-commerce platforms such as eBay etc. by businesses operating online, the running costs and fixed costs such as premises can be low due to the fact that in most cases all that is needed is a internet connection and a suitable computer.

Having a ecommerce platform for the business allows there potential target market to be opened up to region wide, uk wide, or even world wide depending on demand and how easy transportation can be.

For further information our eBay workshops ran The Business Factory, and the FREE GBBO website that can be provided, please contact The Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

•Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of the service.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Structural Engineering ServicesThis opportunity looks at offering structural engineering service, being based in North Tyneside.Structure, Engineering, BuildingThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Structural engineers design a variety of structures for domestic and commercial buildings and structures. These can range from houses and office blocks to bridges and tunnels.

A key part of the services is designing a framework that holds a building or structure together, to make strong enough to allow for things such as slight movement over time etc. As well as designing new buildings, they also make sure that old buildings remain safe by strengthening the current structure, or helping transform a current building through renovation and working with builders to ensure any new structure is strong enough.

As a structural engineer your work would involve:

• working closely with clients, architects, contractors and other professionals on construction plans and builds.
• developing planned design ideas, using computer aided design (CAD)
• advising on most suitable materials to be used in a job
• working out the loads and stresses on different parts of a structure like the foundations, beams, arches and walls to support the weights of a building
• inspecting unsafe buildings and recommending options for repairs or demolition
• making sure projects meet legal guidelines, environmental directives, and health and safety requirements

In addition to carrying out structural engineering projects, there may be opportunities to offer services to building insurance companies through consultancy services.

In order to operate as a structural engineer there will be a need to hold a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree or four-year Masters (MEng) degree in structural engineering or civil engineering.

For further information on structural engineering, please see the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) - www.istructe.org and ConstructionSkills - www.cskills.org

Why is this an opportunity?
Structural engineering is a very important aspect of building, as time and money can be wasted doing work that doesn’t pass building inspections but having the structures sound in the planning and design is crucial.

Positives
Possibilities to offer these services during the plans and designs of constructions as well as consultancy services to building insurance companies.

Negatives
Is a highly skilled service, can take time and money to become trained and qualified in this sector.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are business services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in or experienced in structural engineering. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Structural SteelworkThis opportunity takes a look at operating a structural erector service. This service is usually working with steel, delivering services to the construction and engineering industries.Structural, Steelwork, Steel fixerThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

The service is the fixing together of steel girders and beams to form a structure to help the building and working on of structures of all kinds from small or large residential buildings, factory units or large office blocks depending on the equipment the company has.

These structures can be either sold and erected or hired.

The service will include:
• Working out what is needed
• Fitting together steel work & bolting into place
• Laying out any safety features such as netting etc
• Ensuring structure is safe throughout rental period (if hired)
• You may also fix or amend other structures

In order to carry out the work you would usually work in a team, it is very important to be following health and safety practices. There are no qualifications formally required to operate in this sector, though experience of the construction industry would be recommended.

Why is this an opportunity?
These type of structures are needed throughout varies construction and engineering projects.

Positives
Safety requirements for a lot of projects both small and large.

Negatives
Work is dependant on sub-contract of other companies a lot of the time. Physically demanding job so any injuries or sickness would result in income potentially stopping.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in construction. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Supply of Halal ProductsSuppliers of halal ingrediants to restaurants.
Halal, Food, SuppliesThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

To supply a range of Halal products to a number of restaurants/food retailers.

Halal butchers – this can be based out of a retail location for general sale, or direct supply to restaurants and food retailers. In order to trade it may be important to gain Halal certification. This is an assurance that a product has been thoroughly vetted and found to conform to Islamic Dietary Laws. Specialising in supplying fresh and frozen halal products, assuring transparency and traceability.

According to research carried out by Mintel Intelligence, the current Muslim population in the UK is estimated at 1.9 million and growing, making it the third-largest religion in Western Europe and representing 3.2% of the UK population. Mintel forecast that Muslims have an estimated spending power of £20.5 billion. Mintel puts the overall halal market in the UK - for both in- and out-of-home consumption - at around £700 million, with extensive market potential.

According to the last census figures available there are 1,016 Muslims resident in North Tyneside.

Regulatory bodies in the UK are the Halal Food Authority (HFA), The Muslim Food Board (UK)
and the Halal Monitoring Committee.


Why is this an opportunity?
Mintel research has previously stated that halal foods have extensive market potential.

Positives
The halal market has grown from very much a niche sector to supply to wider networks, with a lot more consumer awareness nowadays.

Negatives
Thorough research is needed to look demand and competition of similar products.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in working in the food & drink sector. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

•Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

•Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place. Research skills maybe required to help target potential customers.

If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Sustainable Energy ConsultantSupport and advice as a Sustainable Energy Consultant on a freelance basis
Energy, Green InitiativeDesign and installation of a major renewable energy systems, or energy consultancy services to assess North Tyneside and possibly North East organisation's energy saving potential.

There are 6000+ businesses within North Tyneside, and 131,000+ in Tyne and Wear registered with Companies House that could be the potential target market
Swedish MassageBased from a salon, or mobile services of alternative therapies.
Massage, Spa Treatment, Alternative TherapyHolistic Swedish Massage Services - can be based within a fixed location and/or mobile.

Clients can be both commercial and private bookings - Commercial clients could include targeting sports clubs, and Hotels/Spa’s who may bring in consultants as part of offering to their clients. Other clients can include private bookings both within a salon or mobile treatment.

For more information on Swedish Massage and requirements see The Complementary Therapists Association (CThA) - http://www.ctha.com/
Swimming Tuition ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at providing swimming tuition services. This service can be aimed at a range of capabilities, but targeting mainly children.Tuition, Teaching, SportsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at providing swimming tuition services. This service can be aimed at a range of capabilities, but targeting mainly children.

These lessons can be to people of all ages and capabilities from beginner to advanced, to help develop technique for competitive swimmers.

The services may include:
• Provide demonstration
• group tuition
• one-to-one
• split group by capabilities
• draw up a tuition plan, with goals to track progress
• make students aware of health and safety

In order to operate as a swimming tutor with must complete a qualification run by the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) - www.sta.co.uk.

In this sector, public liability insurance is very important to consider. To work with children or other vulnerable people you will need clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB).

Why is this an opportunity?
Swimming is encouraged from an early age due to health and safety, and is a good form of exercise.

Positives
Start up costs can be relatively low, as the pool used will usually be a public building which can be rented for an hourly rate. can be a flexible service to fit around other commitments.

Negatives
Can be competitive, a lot of schools already have these kinds of services.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in Fitness/Health. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self-employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Motivating People – in some roles customer service is very important, particularly in the service sector so the ability to both motivate yourself and people that you may work with can be crucial to help build customer loyalty.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Systems Support ServicesThis opportunity takes a look at operating a consultancy service towards SME’s within the North East from a base within North Tyneside.Systems, Consultant, FreelanceThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This service would be operating on a freelance basis going into companies and assessing the current processes in place, and drawing up a plan that management can consider to help different departments run smoothly. There can also be the service of helping put these into practice with both training and ongoing consultancy.

The consultancy service can help review/set up things such as:
• Purchasing/order management systems
• IT systems
• Recruitment
• Finance review
• improving productivity and processes

The processes involved would depend on the type of business looking for help, and it may be useful to operate within certain industries for specialist services. A typical project would include:
• Carry out a Diagnostic including:
o meeting company and discussing how they operate
o highlight any problems
o look through information provided for analysis
o look through current procedures
• Produce recommendations and present to management
• Agree on course of action e.g. end of consultancy? Implementation – training etc

Being part of recognised associations can help with things such as networking and show competence to prospective customers. Organisations such as the Institute of Business Consulting (IBC) provide information on these types of services and being members will help the brand of the service.

Why is this an opportunity?
A lot of smaller SME’s don’t necessarily have the skills in-house to be able to deliver these types of services.

Positives
Specialist skills and knowledge which companies may require to operate more efficiently.

Negatives
Competitive market place. Some work may have to be out of area.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in business processes. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

• Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self employed to operate around the demands of a factors such as family, or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

• Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Management and Leadership – some businesses may require staff to be employed or certain parts of work to be sub-contracted out. In these situations being able to manage and give directions on these processes could be needed so these skills if already developed can be beneficial.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.

• Working to deadlines – some products and/or services will be expected to be carried out within an agreed period of time and it is important to be able to estimate times and work to deadlines.

• Making Decisions – in certain situations clients may need guidance and advice on certain things so decision making can be important in these situations.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
TailorThis opportunity takes a look at potentially offering a Tailor service, operating from a retail location within North Tyneside.Tailor, Clothing, FashionThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

This opportunity takes a look at potentially offering a Tailor service, operating from a retail location within North Tyneside.

Tailors produce custom-made suits, jackets and coats for men and women that are made to measure specifically for each client. Typical service customers will receive includes:
- discuss & agree design
- measure customer
- make clothing
- fit & make final alterations

As the tailoring profession has evolved, so too have the methods of tailoring. There are a number of distinctive business models which modern tailors may practice. While some may practice many, there are others who will practice only one or two.

Local Tailoring – usually customers will meet locally and the garment is produced locally. This method enables the tailor to take professional measurements, and make modifications to the garment to suit a customer’s body shape etc.

Distance Tailoring – Distance tailoring involves ordering garments from an out-of-town tailor enabling cheaper labour to be used. This can now be done on a global scale via e-commerce websites where production is done in other countries then shipped across.

In order to trade as a tailor, there are no formal qualifications required. However, custoemrs will want to know capabilities and have knowledge as the most important thing is the service provided.

Why is this an opportunity?
It is still custom to have suits tailored for events such as weddings and other special occasions.

Positives
Working hours can be flexible.

Negatives
A lot of suits are being sold cheaply by supermarkets/chain stores.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are:
• Domestic Services
• Business Services

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in fashion and clothing. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Flexible Working:
With this opportunity there can be a flexible approach to the delivery of this service. This allows being self-employed to operate around the demands of factors such as family or to possibly be ran as an additional income due the flexibility to fit around other commitments.

Working from home:
This opportunity can be operated from home which gives people looking to go self employed in this the chance to keep potential start up costs low by not having to have the costs of business premises etc.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies include:

• Customer service skills – being able to adapt and offer a good service to customers is important and encourages repeat purchase.

• Communicating Effectively – this can be clear communication in customer facing situations, or over the telephone, email etc to deal with enquiries, effective communication through website and all other marketing materials.

• Research Skills – in some sectors client needs may change or businesses affected by changes in legislation then research of trends or changes can be important to stay ahead of competition and meet customer demands better, or in the case of legislation to adapt to changes in the market place.

• Problem Solving skills help when being able to diagnose customer’s problems and find resolutions in the form of a product or service.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an adviser at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills.

If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Tattoo ArtistTattooing Services based out of a retail shop/outlet
Tattoo, Artist, RetailTattoos are becoming increasingly popular due to fashion trends and mass media exposure from celebrities having tattoos and it being a familiar part of the UK culture.
Taxi DriverPrivate hire;can be pre- booked or based from a taxi rank. Customers can be domestic or targeting disabled access.taxi, travel, transport
Public perception of high costs of public transport and transport links are still not being accessible for everyone. This may be an opportunity in this sector according to Keynote
Team Building BusinessTo set up and arrange Team Building events in North Tyneside and possibly North East.Team Building, EventsThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside

Team building events in North Tyneside, helping local companies and employees. These can be bespoke activities and exercises organised and delivered onsite within the companies place of work for convenience, as well as the organisation of activities of places off site, such as away days etc.

Team building can be very important to businesses to help employees work more efficiently with each other, and help improve communications.

The different range of possible event can be very wide and be adapted to suit most companies whatever the sector they operate in.

The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Pros: a lot of businesses see team building as a positive activity to do with employees and it helps boost morale, is it particularly popular with companies who have larger numbers of employees. Usually these services are not in house and therefore sub-contracted in.

Cons: some companies are going through transitional periods due to redundancies etc so there may not be the focus at the moment to use these services, but as things pick up these activities may be in demand to help build morale again.

Who would this suit?

This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in adventure/sports if activity days, networking, meeting new people, helping motivate people. In a lot of cases it is beneficial to search for business ideas (when possible) that fit in with the interests and hobbies of clients to make going self employed more interesting.

Skills/requirements:
Different opportunities require different skills and qualifications to be able to operate in this specific sector. For this opportunity core competencies may include:

Communicating Effectively – communication is very important to help involve people in activities due to the nature of the service.

Problem Solving – helping design and deliver activities that can help improve team work. This can be as a result of potential problems and helping find solutions to this may be the reason for the companies taking part in these exercises.

Motivating People – motivating people to take part and buy into the benefits of team building activities.

Organising – activities to be bespoke and delivered onsite as well as arranging off site activity days etc.


If you feel that you haven’t quite developed any of these skills yet, or would like to chat about any of these it may be worth talking to an advisor at The Business Factory to discuss what workshops are being run to help develop these skills. If you would like to talk through this opportunity with one of our advisers please contact us on 0191 605 3110, info@businessfactorynt.co.uk or call into The Business Factory based on 86 High Street West, Wallsend.
Technical SurveyorThis opportunity takes a look at operating as a Technical surveyor within North Tyneside.Surveyor, Technical surveyor, freelance, contractorThis opportunity was identified by The Business Factory to potentially be set up in North Tyneside.

Services that are offered include a wide range of tasks to support chartered surveyors, architects and engineers.

The services that are offered will vast across all areas of surveying including building, land and planning looking into a range of different things such as :
• Project costs and time
• Investigate plans and reports
• Surveying buildings or land
• Drafting plans
• Supervising onsite during build

These services may be carried out in support with architects and builders on a freelance basis, or work may be carried out by bidding for public tenders.

In order to operate as a technical surveyor you will usually have experience of the industry. There are some courses being run including BTEC National Certificate/Diploma in Construction and the National Certificate/Diploma in Civil Engineering as well as degree level qualifications in surveying, construction or civil engineering.

For further information please see Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) - www.rics.org.

Why is this an opportunity?
There may be opportunities to work on a consultancy basis with local construction companies and surveying companies who may sub-contract these special services in.

Positives
Specialist services that may be sub-contracted in. As these types of industries grow again then the need for linked services will grow as well, especially as cuts within this sector may see companies look to sub-contract more as opposed to having a full time workforce.

Negatives
May have to travel and work out of area to gain regular work. Construction industry has struggled due to the recession with forecasts saying this sector may not see any significant growth until 2014.

Sectors:
The sectors that this opportunity will be mainly operating in are Business Services.

Who would this suit?
This opportunity maybe a good fit for people who are interested in surveying