A BUSINESS support scheme based in South Tyneside has helped create more than 220 jobs in the North East.
Ready For Business is a national business start-up programme, delivered locally by borough enterprise agency Tedco, which has bases in Jarrow and South Shields.
The programme has helped create 1,500 new jobs since its launch a year ago, including 227 in the North East.
The Ready For Business start-up programme was launched following support from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Barclays to create 6,000 new businesses and 10,000 jobs across the country.
It is helping new ventures, and entrepreneurs have so far received more than £310,000 in financial support.
Tedco Business Support is responsible for Ready For Business in the North East.
New business Fastglass, based in Washington, is just one of the new firms to benefit from the scheme, creating six new jobs in the manufacture of double glazing units since the company was launched at the end of 2012.
Emma Mitchell, Tedco business support adviser, said: “Fastglass is already a real success story, with an impressive order book and team expansion very early on, and is exactly the type of enterprise that Ready For Business was created to help.
“The programme is aimed at supporting individuals who have a clear commercial idea of how they want their business to grow in the future, and is ideally placed to help them focus upon these objectives and take the necessary steps to achieve success.
“One of the key areas of support is around the business’s ability to increase employment opportunities in their area, and the fact that so many enterprises have been able to create new jobs so soon after being established illustrates the particular need for such a programme.”
Anyone who wants more details about Ready For Business can visit www.tedco.org.