North East business support that works for you.

We’ve helped thousands of businesses to start, grow and achieve sustainable business success in the years.


Ambition to start a business?

Helping you start and develop your business in County Durham and the North East. Read more…

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Inspiring Little Wood Walkers

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We passionately believe in the importance of building businesses on solid foundations. This is achieved through the support of experienced and knowledgeable advisors.

Our Services


At TEDCO we successfully deliver a range of start-up support programmes. Designed to take ideas and turn them into successful enterprises and business start-ups in the region.

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A key objective of TEDCO’s  is to provide individuals and businesses with the ambition to expand. Along with the advice and necessary tools to scale-up and grow their business.

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We are the key delivery partner for Virgin StartUp in the North East. We have helped over 3600 new businesses access £4.2 million in low cost business loans in the past five years.

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Reaching across the region

TEDCO’s mission is simple: to help businesses start, grow and succeed. To achieve this we believe in working with the region’s business community to develop closer ties between enterprises and grow a robust network.

Success Stories

“Mark Johnston was a great support in helping us look at the intricacies of setting up a business in a non-traditional sector.  I consider our work to be specialist crafting and skill-building and Mark was able to guide us in the right direction to help launch on a firm footing.  It has supported a seamless growth strategy to move into retail and workshops in quite a short space of time.”

Alan Teather, Alan Teather Quilting

“TEDCO helped me strengthen and tighten up my ideas into a robust business plan. They remained a positive voice throughout. Their support gave me the confidence that I needed to push on, secure the vital funding through Virgin StartUp and turn my dreams into reality.”

Simon Laing - Cullercoats Bike & Kayak, Entrepreneur

In the last 2 years we’ve supported…

Over 550 new enterprises
Over 1,200 businesses through Covid Helpline
Over 3,000 workshop attendees
and travelled 102,000 less physical miles, yet we’ve gone further than ever before

New Enterprises

Workshop attendees

Businesses through Covid Helpline

TEDCO 2020/21 Impact Report

Encouraging spark, start and sustainable success

“TEDCO are one of Virgin StartUp’s leading Partners, delivering Virgin-Class support to entrepreneurs in The North-East.  We couldn’t do what we do without them, they have been trusted Partners since Virgin StartUp began back in 2013”

Andy Fishburn, Managing Director of Virgin StartUp

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