Who We Are

Who We Are

At TEDCO, we are a team of experienced, passionate and driven business support experts with a clear mission – to help enterprising individuals start and grow companies.

From chief executive to office angel, we understand the challenges that face new businesses in the region and we are equipped to help you achieve your business goals.

Having helped more than 2,000 businesses to start up in the last three years, we have a proven track record for delivering outstanding business support. Our commitment to delivering one-to-one support sets us apart from other enterprise agencies.

Through Start & Grow we are able to deliver flexible, intensive support for up to three years. As part of your ‘Start Up Team’ our business advisors can be a valuable resource. In this way we can help you build stronger foundations for business success, enabling you to aim higher and achieve more.




Carole White

Chief Executive


Mark Johnston

Business Advisor


Bill Hartshorne

Business Advisor



Gordon Hanna

Business Liaison Manager

Tracy Clarkson

Business Advisor


Nicky Gray

Business Advisor



Judith Wheatley

Business Advisor

Allison Cowen

Business Advisor

James Petherbridge

Administration Assistant


Janice Ross - Business Advisor

Janice Ross

Business Advisor

Nick Turner - Business Advisor

Nick Turner

Business Advisor

Ross Laffey - Business Advisor

Ross Laffey

Business Advisor



Kevin Hayes

Quality & Audit Lead

Claire Garner

Claire Garner

Claims and Finance Manager

Gillian Chapman - Contract Monitoring & Administration Officer’

Gillian Chapman

Contract Monitoring & Administration Officer

Laura-Kate Parkin

Administration Assistant

Helen Eddy

Helen Eddy

Claims Co-ordinator



How We Work

From our headquarters at Sunderland’s Business Innovation Centre we now deliver programmes across the North East of England.





TEDCO is a member of the Cavendish Consortium – a group made up of six of England’s largest and most successful enterprise agencies, together with the National Enterprise Network.

Each member organization represents the very finest the business support community has to offer, with a reputation for working closely with organisations from all manner of industries and sectors to achieve excellent results in business enterprise.

As Cavendish North East we currently deliver Start & Grow, an initiative funded by the Regional Growth Fund money and aimed at helping entrepreneurs to build successful and sustainable businesses.

Previously Cavendish Consortium members have delivered the Ready for Business programme, helping thousands of businesses across the region. Our new initiative, Start & Grow, runs until 2018.

At TEDCO, we are also proud to be delivery partners with Virgin Start Up, providing low-interest loans, advice, resources and support every step of the way of the pre and post start phase of an entrepreneur’s journey.