New business support is being offered to people keen to become their own boss.
North Tyneside Business Factory has appointed experienced professionals to work with people on a one-to-one basis offering practical help.
One person to benefit is former Northumbria Police employee Debbie Semple, who launched design company orange doodle last year but needed to develop a sales strategy.
She said: “I was introduced to Michael McMeekin, a sales specialist working with The Business Factory, and he offered me very practical advice.
“My first sales phone call, which Michael helped me to script, transformed my business as it opened up a host of new opportunities.”
For more visit www.businessfactorynt.co.uk