Entrepreneurship News

Jack Hunter with Hartlepool College of Further Education tutors Kevin Dove and Nick Lewis.
Apprentice turned restaurateur creates 15 jobs with new Hartlepool eatery

Jamie Hardesty

Former Hartlepool College apprentice Jack Hunter has become one of the UK’s youngest restaurant owners, opening Hunter’s Restaurant on Hartlepool Marina’s Navigation Point. The 20-year-old Hartlepool lad, who has created 15…

Big Nasty (from left) - Josh Bamforth, Adam Davies and Jack Fletcher
Teesside games development startup hails ‘fantastic’ first few months

Jamie Hardesty

Teesside-based games development startup Big Nasty Studios is enjoying a bright start to life, winning a number of contracts in its first 6 months in business. Set up by three Teesside…

L-R: Nick Patrick (SYITC), Joe Hepworth (UAE), Melanie Rippon (SYITC), Freddie Blackman (Saudi Arabi
Sheffield businesses explore Middle East growth opportunities

Richard Bell

Over 30 businesses from the Sheffield City Region met representatives from the Middle East recently to find out more about the growth opportunities offered by international markets. Global Business Network (GBN)…

David Nichols (left) with Steve Wilde
Cheadle Hulme’s The Translation People records £4.5m turnover with rising European demand

Richard Bell

Translation and language services provider The Translation People has achieved record annual revenues due to a surging demand in Europe. The Cheadle Hulme-headquartered company increased its turnover from £3.9m to £4.5m…

Lucie Cowie-  & Tom Webb, Estate Tea Co.
Newcastle tea startup Easy Teasy branches out with new brand

Jamie Hardesty

The young entrepreneurs behind Loose leaf tea startup Easy Teasy are embarking on the next stage in their impressive growth journey, with the launch of a sister brand Estate Tea Co. What…

Jay Calvert and Liam Hanlon
Profit growth allows Liverpool restoration firm Forshaw Group to settle £500k investment

Richard Bell

Soaring profits have allowed property restoration firm Forshaw Group to repay a six-figure investment provided by Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF) three years ahead of schedule. Liverpool-headquartered Forshaw received backing to…

L-R: Matthew Pomroy, Clubhouse Golf directors Ben and Sam Reeves, and Richard Styles
Greater Manchester retailer Clubhouse Golf drives growth with £4m investment

Richard Bell

Golf retailer Clubhouse Golf Limited has secured a seven-figure investment from private equity firm Foresight Group. The Greater Manchester-based company will use the £4m boost to strengthen key brand relationships and…

Bill Morrow, Founder at Angels Den.
London investment platform Angels Den targets North East startups and entrepreneurs

Jamie Hardesty

London-based online investment platform Angels Den is hoping to make a name for itself in the North East and has appointed Rivers Capital Partners to help spread its message. As the…

Ash Richardson with Gary Cheetham
Oldham motorbike business creates 20 jobs with £100k NatWest funding

Richard Bell

Used motorcycle dealer Carbay Limited is creating jobs in Oldham with the launch of its new bike workshop. Carbay, which owns webuyanybike.co.uk and somanybikes.com, has doubled its trading capacity and plans…

The City from the Shard
The view from Europe: Continental entrepreneurs cool on London following Brexit

Billy Wood

New figures released by growth acceleration programme NUMA Barcelona has found that the growing cost of Brexit is causing continental entrepreneurs to think twice about setting up businesses in the…

This week’s North East appointments

Jamie Hardesty

Your weekly roundup of the latest appointments from across the North East. John Kenny, Grainger PLC Newcastle-based property developer Grainger plc has appointed John Kenny as Chief Operating Officer (COO) to support…

Mark Sugden, who is Managing Director at Keighley’s John W Laycock Ltd.
Keighley steel director hailed as one of UK’s ‘face of family business’

Billy Wood

Mark Sugden, who is Managing Director at John W Laycock Ltd, has been selected along with ten other UK business leaders to take part in a project celebrating Britain's family…