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(Newcastle Journal (England) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) AFORMER PE teacher has left the classroom behind to start a North East telecommunications business. Sunderland-based Craig Shield is aiming to create new jobs almost immediately after launching the regional arm of Crimzon Communications.
Business partner Nick Maden started the firm in Loughborough in 2006 to provide everything from mobile voice and data solutions, to fixed line telephony, broadband and the most up-to-date in-car technologies. Mr Shield received in-depth guidance and one-to-one support beyond the initial start-up phase through the Ready for Business programme being run by Tedco business advisers. The programme, launched last year, aims to create 900 new jobs across the North East with investment from the Regional Growth Fund and a partnership with Barclays Bank.
Mr Shield said: "Looking to get a new business off the ground involves a very steep learning curve and with the support of Bill and the Ready for Business programme I was able to confidently develop my business plan, establish robust financial forecasting information and get very specific support to put in place sales and marketing activity that will support the future growth ambitions of the company."
Crimzon Communications is based at Tedco Business Works in South Shields and Craig already plans to recruit two new team members with a view to taking additional office space in the near future.
He said: "I found the help offered by Ready for Business to be extremely valuable as they provide you with very intensive support in the very early stages to help you establish your business, but unlike a lot of other start-up programmes, they continue to work alongside you beyond the initial phase to enable you to achieve your growth ambitions and to develop the company long-term."
Bill Hartshorne, Tedco business adviser, said: "Crimzon Communications is an ideal example of the type of business that Ready for Business is designed to help. Launching your own venture takes a huge amount of dedication, particularly in the crucial early stages.
"However, as well as ensuring that a new company gets off on the right foot, it is vital that there are goals and objectives in place to sustain the business in the long term.
"For many new enterprises, the major stumbling block is securing finance, which is why we have a particular emphasis on advising business owners on the different type of help available and work with them to identify and apply for what is most appropriate for them."
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