Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Starting out or Moving Up, You've Got a Friend Here; in Association with One

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Starting out or Moving Up, You've Got a Friend Here; in Association with One

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GROWING businesses in Tyne and Wear can call on the support of the region's premier business development agency to help them with their expansion plans.

Young and ambitious companies such as HB Innovations, Broadband Computer Company and n-psl are among a host of start-ups that have benefited from the expertise of Tyne and Wear Development Company to achieve success.

The agency, which has more than 20 years' experience, has the expertise, contacts and resources to provide support on all aspects of investment, expansion and relocation. For growing businesses this is ideal, as it gives them a single and dedicated source of support for all their business needs.

Advice is provided on a free and confidential basis and can include guidance on the availability of office and industrial sites, where to go for grants and financial assistance, background information on Tyne and Wear and information on recruitment and training.

The company's team of officers work to help businesses find their perfect property, matching premises to their needs. Having identified potential premises, they will also conduct site visits as part of the service.

Bioscience company HB Innovations used these services to expand its business. Specialising in in-vitro diagnostics, it was set up by local graduate David Snell to sell its research and development expertise around the world from its base at Newcastle University Medical School The site was identified with support from Tyne and Wear Development Company, which was able to assist the early development of the business using its network of contacts to identify sources of funding and potential facilities.

David Snell said: "Tyne and Wear Development Company were a massive help, helping to turn our business plan into a reality with sensible advice and by putting us in touch with the right people. …

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