With 2012 almost finished, East Durham Business Service (EDBS) has been in touch with National Enterprise Network, to tell us how about some of their most enterprising start-up businesses of 2012.

Rebecca Wilson, 19, set up her very own Dog Grooming business, Dog Grooming by Rebecca, in February this year after facing redundancy from a local pet parlour where she had worked for two years.

Rebecca, of Horden, Peterlee, said at the time: “After being made redundant I didn’t want to start claiming benefits, so in two weeks, with the help of EDBS, I had set up my own business in something I really enjoy doing.”

After only three months trading and seeing demand in her services increasing rapidly, Rebecca opened her own pet parlour on Horden High Street in May.

She said: “The business is going really well and I’m so happy that I’ve been able to start my own business and find a solution to redundancy. I’m looking forward to the New Year and I hope that the business can build on its current success.”

In August 2012, EDBS helped Andrew Doncaster set up his own children’s party supplies company, MajorSees Supplies.

Andrew, from Seaham, had been a stay-at-home Dad for the past 5 years looking after his young children but decided that August was the right time to start up his own business.

He said at the time: “I wanted to start up my own company and had personal experience of selling items on eBay so I thought that providing online party supplies would be a great way to get into business. I’ll be able to work from home as well which is an added bonus.”

Andrew said: “I’ve just taken my 100th order and I’m now really getting in to my stride with my business. I’m really glad I made the decision to start up and I’m looking forward to diversifying my range in the future.”

EDBS also helped Leanne English, 31, set up her own PR Consultancy business, LEC Consultancy in September 2012.

Leanne, from Peterlee, had previously worked for a local newspapers including the News Guardian in Whitley Bay and the Hartlepool Mail. Leanne also worked as a Press Officer at One North East and has worked as a PR Manager at a local enterprise partnership.

She said at the time: “For the last few years I’ve dreamt about starting my own communications consultancy but the security of employment and a full time salary was always the safer option. I’d seen so many other people try it and I knew if I didn’t go for it now, I never would.”

Now Leanne has built up an impressive client base and is seeing her business grow from strength to strength.

EDBS supported all three businesses, along with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which is part financed by the European Union’s ERDF Competitiveness Programme. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme. The Programme aims to promote innovation within businesses and institutions across the region, and encourage more people to start up in business.

Hina Joshi, Business Adviser at EDBS said, “It has been a truly enterprising year and we’ve helped to start up some excellent new businesses.

The National Enterprise Network is the membership body for organisations committed to the support and development of enterprise and EDBS are a network member. Figures show that enterprise members of the network have helped to create over 17,500 businesses over the last year and 25,000 new jobs, all in a climate of reduced funding to support such activity!

Membership Manager, Donna Rickaby at  National Enterprise Network states “We are proud as a membership body to support those committed to helping individuals climb out of unemployment, find solutions after redundancy and source business guidance”.


If you’re an enterprise organisation and want to know how you can become a member of the network, then please contact memberservices@nationalenterprisenetwork.org or call us on 01234 831623.