Want to know who’ll support your ideas?

Meet Team TEDCO! You’ll find they each have their own business experience; they’ve learned what works (and what doesn’t!) and that knowledge is shared most generously with those who want to start or grow their business.

Meet The Team

Carole White

Carole White

Chief Executive

Carole leads the team using her skills and experience in designing and delivering business support programmes, raising millions of pounds of investment to help businesses to start up and grow. 

Janice Ross MBE

Janice Ross MBE

Marketing Manager

Janice’s special skill is reflecting people’s talents back at them; building confidence and gently encouraging folk to take their next step in life. She weaves that ethos into her marketing projects.

James Craft

James Craft

Enterprise Development Manager

James has a spectacular ability to absorb business knowledge. He knows how to use it to not only launch successful businesses, but to scale them too. He manages a team of advisors and develops opportunities.

Mark Johnston

Mark Johnston

Business Advisor

With a banking background, and experience of running his own business too, Mark helps businesses prosper from start-up through to maturity. He’s patient and has a warm sense of humour which keeps things real for entrepreneurs.

Ross Laffey

Ross Laffey

Business Support Manager

Ross is an engaging business coach and uses his own stories of running successful enterprises to inspire others to do the same. He manages a team of advisors on projects from grass roots to Uni.

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

Business Advisor

Jeff knows that listening carefully to you is the best way to help you move forward. A former business owner and part of a team who completed a Management Buy Out, he’s familiar with challenge, failure and achievement. A superb sounding board. 

Nick Turner

Nick Turner

Business Advisor

Working with pre-start, start-up and more established SMEs throughout North Tyneside, Nick likes to focus on the more financial aspects of business support, assisting clients to seriously examine the ‘nuts and bolts’ of their propositions.

Allison Nicks

Allison Nicks

Business Advisor

Allison owned her own company which gives her a good insight for clients today. Her varied career includes retail, banking and training which means she can be hands-on teaching would-be, and established, business owners.

Paul Brown

Paul Brown

Business Advisor

A colourful character (you can tell by his shirt!) Paul is a mine of information, garnered over a career of business support. Give him any question and he’ll answer it, putting it in context just for you.

Tony Grainger

Tony Grainger

Business Advisor

A career in business support and banking, running a company and a charity means Tony can see the way forward for budding entrepreneurs, from the start of a journey to a successful business venture.

Judith Wheatley

Judith Wheatley

Business Advisor

Judith thrives on the time she spends coaching those who want to develop their business ideas. Helping them create a business plan, she shows them how they can run a viable business

Frances Graham

Frances Graham

Senior Business Support Officer NT

Frances works, in her words, ‘behind the scenes’ on The Business Factory Programme. She’s one of the main cogs in the TEDCO machine, making sure our administration runs smoothly and that everyone is smiling!

Steve Langdown

Steve Langdown

Business Advisor

An experienced owner of technology based ventures, Steve has a good eye for growth plans with an interest in sustainability. Practical and pragmatic, his clients benefit from his real solutions.

Claire Garner

Claire Garner

Claims and Finance Manager

Claire manages our claims and finance function and ensures the smooth running of all the programmes and operations whilst keeping a very close eye on the purse strings.

Alan Dodsworth

Alan Dodsworth

Business Advisor

A results driven Multi Channel Retail / Commercial Operator with 20+ years Senior Leadership experience, growing turnover and profitability across Retail Stores, Wholesale, E Commerce, Export, National Accounts, Travel Retail as well as Franchisee and Distributor Partnerships.

Heather Howat

Heather Howat

Senior Business Support Co-ordinator

Heather is the first point of contact when you contact TEDCO HQ.  Her experience as a PA means she keeps our flight deck safe, and most importantly you feel well looked after. Heather pictured here at SimFly.

Laura Dawson

Laura Dawson

Business Advisor

Laura is a multi award-winning social media and digital marketing strategist with years of experience in running, and scaling, on and offline startups from ecommerce to tech and beyond.  

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

TEDCO is a member of Start & Grow UK (formerly 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 organisation 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 Start & Grow UK (North East) we deliver a multitude of programmes aimed at helping entrepreneurs to build successful and sustainable businesses.

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.

What we offer

TEDCO offers one-on-one support provided by a dedicated team of business advisors and a range of pre start seminars available to clients who are taking the first steps into self-employment. This could be looking at an initial idea and developing it further, looking at how to start a business plan, business competitors, business marketing.

Are you eligible?

If you are looking to start and grow a business we’d love to hear from you. Our friendly team of experienced Business Advisors are on hand to take your call to discuss the support available.

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