3D Virtual Spaces

3D Virtual Spaces

We bring your clients to you by creating interactive 3D digital models of your business or workplace allowing anyone, anywhere in the world to look around and interact virtually. This gives you an almost unlimited customer base together with an eye-catching marketing tool.

Accelerate NE Business

accelerateNEbusiness is a consultancy led strategic support service for SME businesses based in the North East who are looking to grow or have a challenge they need help overcoming. The business is led by Rory Whaling who has nearly 30 years of varied business experience, with 17 of these in the corporate banking sector.

We enable business owners to accelerate their growth and profitability through the design and implementation of a strategic plan focused on their vision. This includes an effective sales and marketing action plan, coupled with advice on the best financing structure to support those plans and is delivered through an initial strategic assessment and followed up with ongoing support on a basis to suit the business owner.

Our Vision –  To accelerate profitable SME business growth in the North East.

Our Values – Vision, Honesty, Clarity, Energy, Service

Our Mission – Our mission is to assist business owners to build a solid strategy which will support their vision, with a specific focus on sales and marketing and business financing.

Our Objective – Making Your Vision a Reality

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance

Anglo Scottish Asset Finance provides a range of financial services across the UK including business finance, personal finance and vendor / dealer finance.

Background Sounds Ltd

Background Sounds is a license free music streaming platform designed to provide high quality background music to the retail and leisure sectors, removing the need for businesses to purchase the PRS/PPL music license.


BEST is an ERDF-funded project, supporting SMEs to identify ways of reducing energy consumption by providing free energy audits and grant assistance to part-fund new energy saving measures. This service is available to SMEs located in Newcastle, Northumberland, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Sunderland


CannyInsights.com is a retail consultancy led by Graham Soult – a retail champion and Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (IPM) – in partnership with marketing consultant Andrew Bartlett.

The business works with stores, shopping centres and towns to help them improve their offer and marketing.

Described on BBC Look North as “the region’s best-known retail expert”, and by ITV as “a North East Mary Portas”, Graham Soult has appeared regularly on TV, on radio, and in the press, including BBC’s The One Show, BBC News, Retail Week, Wired and Forbes, and is a frequent speaker on retail and marketing issues.

CDC Enterprise Agency

We help business owners and potential business owners to overcome the barriers to starting and growing their businesses. Through coaching we help establish goals, create action plans, and provide accountability to the business owner. We're a not for profit business which exists to helps to develop enterprise skills and entrepreneurial mindsets within our businesses and our communities.

Discovering Durham CIC

We are a self funding CIC who's community is the producers who stock into our retail shop. The profits from the shop are used to provide business support and opportunities to help small and micro producers of the region grow and develop.

Durham BID

Durham BID is the Business Improvement District for Durham City Centre. A BID is a business led and business funded body formed to improve a defined commercial area. Much of our work is related to events and marketing in the city but we also work closely with other organisations to enhance the overall offer and vibrancy of Durham city centre.

F W Capital

FW Capital invests in established small and medium-sized businesses located across the North of England. We manage a range of funds providing loans to help businesses achieve their growth plans. We have an experienced team of investors with a track record in supporting business growth and we work closely with advisers and businesses to ensure the right funding package is provided for the particular business needs.

IA Growth Limited

The IA Growth team has an Impressive and Acknowledged track record of growing businesses across a wide range of industries. We mainly work with businesses from £2 million to £50 million turnover, and are driven by our aim to improve the prosperity of our region and country, and an aspiration to give back to the society we live and operate in.

We help to deliver Innovative and Actionable solutions, thereby creating sustainable companies.

IA Growth is built upon a foundation of three core pillars;


We review your business forensically and create a compelling ambition for all stakeholders to buy in to, and help you understand how the journey through organisational development will look.


We align and develop business and financial structures, systems and behaviours which set a baseline for business.


We form part of the senior team to inject advantage with growth and exit strategies through our Floating Board support.

Inside Out Communications Consulting

We help organisations like yours create engaged people and teams through strong internal communications and engagement advisory.

Whether you need help to get your people behind your change or transformation plans, communicate difficult messages with them or launch a new business initiative, we can help.

We offer everything from strategy development through to delivery.  We can work with an existing communications team, or provide this function for your organisation - it's up to you.


I offer advice and support in the following:                                                                                                                 

  • Starting in business/moving forward  
  • Access to funding (including up to 1st year of trading                                                
  • Business Plans & Cash Flow Forecasts                                                           
  • Business accounts & PAYE                                                                                         
  • Wages & Salaries & PAYE                                                                                           
  • SAGE Training                                                                                                            
  • Systems & processes - development & training                                                                       
  • Job Costing Analysis
Jo Whitfield Voice-Overs

I provide voice-overs for:

  • Website videos/explainers/animations/info films e.g. for AGM's, awards etc
  • E-learning - online training modules, webinars, podcast intros, education
  • Museum narration for exhibits, installations, audio guides, sometimes using augmented and virtual reality for apps
  • Promos, TV and radio commercials
  • Telephone messaging and on hold/IVR for full brand cohesion for your business

I support talented leaders to win at work by developing personal strategies to work smarter not harder. By providing 1-to-1 Coaching & Mentoring services and workshops.

Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Groups

“Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group are dedicated to dealing with financial and operational issues that SME owners and their stakeholders face at every stage of the business lifecycle.

 Our expert team of specialists deliver positive strategic advice across restructuring, law and finance.  This range of services enables us to tailor unique solutions to whatever problem a business owner may encounter.

 Our business is about solving problems in your business.  That’s what we do.”

Mercia Fund Managers


Mercia Fund Managers helps to scale innovative businesses across the UK regions by providing debt, equity and growth capital.

The Group has more than 400 businesses in its portfolio, a strong record including 11 IPOs, and manages circa £400.0million of third party funds, including Mercia EIS Funds.

We are able to invest between £50,000 to £2.0million, as well as provision of scale up capital through Mercia Technologies PLC, which can invest up to £10.0million using its balance sheet capital.

If you would like to find out more about how Mercia Fund Managers can help your business then please call the team today on: +44 (0)330 223 1430 or email: info@merciatech.co.uk



NBSL is an Enterprise Agency - our North East Business Support Fund helps businesses access quality external expertise to deliver business improvement projects. 35% funding is available for projects costing between £3k and £8k. Eligibility - small and medium sized enterprises who are planning to grow.


Nicholson Consultancy Ltd

If you own or run a successful manufacturing business and you're keen to improve, there's a very good chance that we can help you get better results more quickly. Since November 2000 our experienced manufacturing consultants have been helping business owners complete a whole range of improvement projects. Quickly, effectively and reliably. So if you want guaranteed results and excellent value, simply contact us now to arrange a free no-obligation meeting.

North East BIC

Designed to stimulate productivity and collaboration, the North East BIC offers flexible and affordable workspaces in three convenient locations across Sunderland, Washington and Darlington.

Through its unique support packages and workspaces, the BIC has helped over 4,000 people set up businesses since its formation in 1994, creating 7,500 jobs and providing the flexible workspace required for over 1,000 businesses to innovate and grow.

With office space from as little as £49 per week, meeting and conference facilities, and wraparound support, it’s the ideal place for your business to call home.

Business support services include the SME Innovation Programme which not only offers innovative businesses access to grant funding of 40% for projects up to a value of £50k, but also signposting to industry experts for independent confidential advice. For more information on eligibility visit: https://www.ne-bic.co.uk/supporting-innovation/innovation-programme/

North of England Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association – Ministry of Defence Employer Relations

The Employer Relations team delivers advice and support on employing members of the Armed Forces community within the region and enables organisations to develop a mutually beneficial working relationship with the Ministry of Defence. Darren Rhodes, the Ministry of Defences’ Regional Employer Engagement Director and his assistant David Eccles builds on the successful SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and their Employers) information campaign and continues Defence’s work with Reservists, their Employers and those organisations who wish to partner Defence.

Northstar Ventures

Northstar Ventures is a venture capital firm based in the North East of England.  We invest in innovative, high growth businesses and social enterprises across the region.

We are dedicated to providing entrepreneurs with the support they need to fulfil their ambitions and to achieve social impact through our investments.

Please follow us on twitter - @NorthstarVent and @NVSocialFund