Call 0191 605 3110 | info@businessfactorynt.co.uk

Meet the Team

Our team are all experienced in various areas of business support. The TEDCO business advisors are all experienced in running their own businesses or have a strong track record in supporting clients to start up.

With a wealth of knowledge, the team will know what you need to do to help you get started or support you through growing your business. As well as providing support to businesses themselves, the team will recommend experts across the region to support you with technical issues.  Our Administration team will deal with your enquiry promptly, explain the services we offer and make sure you are working with a business adviser as quickly as possible.

All of our free support is designed to help you get started at a pace which is right for you. You can have as many appointments as you need to get you started and we will continue to support you throughout your journey.

To request an appointment or to find out more, please call the Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, email info@businessfactorynt.co.uk

Karen Westgate

Karen Westgate

ERDF Project Officer, North Tyneside Council

Karen currently manages the delivery and management of all the Business Start-up programmes aimed at helping the population of North Tyneside into self-employment.

0191 643 6922

Karen.Westgate@northtyneside.gov.uk

Nick Turner

Nick Turner

Start-up Business Advisor, TEDCO

“Prior to becoming a business advisor, I had worked for myself for over 17 years – starting and running 3 separate businesses. I can offer practical, real-world advice, because I know what it’s like to be out there doing it.”

Gillian Chapman

Gillian Chapman

Contract Monitoring and Administration Officer, TEDCO

Gill has been working with people who look to start a business since 2002 and deals with clients through all manners of communications, guiding them to the right support.

Vanessa Murphy

Vanessa Murphy

Business Development Officer, North Tyneside Council

If you are looking to expand or need advice on how to grow, Vanessa can help you achieve your objectives. She will listen to you and offer advice on issues such as how to access finance, employment issues and marketing.

0191 643 6401

Vanessa.Murphy@northtyneside.gov.uk

Janice Ross

Janice Ross

Start-up Business Advisor, TEDCO

“I love helping people to develop themselves and build their business confidence. I’m over the moon to bring this support to North Tyneside.”

Tracy Clarkson

Tracy Clarkson

Business Advisor (High Growth), TEDCO

“My aim is to help ambitious entrepreneurs achieve their goals by providing bespoke advice and guidance gained from starting and running my own enterprise, managing small to very corporate businesses sectors and developing business in local, national and international markets”.

Amy Farrell

Amy Farrell

ERDF Project Support Officer (Business Forum), North Tyneside Council

Starting as an Apprentice in Sept 2014, Amy has been involved in many projects including The Business Factory and Invest North Tyneside. Amy now looks after the events and communications for the North Tyneside Business Forum.

0191 643 6410

Amy.Farrell@northtyneside.gov.uk

Ross Laffey

Ross Laffey

Start-Up Business Advisor, TEDCO

Some personal achievements include a property portfolio, a successful online trading business and a community interest company which works with 3rd sector organisations helping them be more self sufficient and less reliant on grant funding.

Toni Clark

Social Enterprise Business Advisor, SES

“Name a type of Social Enterprise and I’ve probably advised, set up, mentored or trained.   I’ve  delivered one to one support to hundreds of social enterprises and community businesses at different stages of their development  and I’m looking forward to supporting many more through the Business Factory”.

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