• Advice and support for people who’d like to start a business;
  • Guidance through the business planning and financial stages of starting a business;
  • Delivering group workshops and courses (online and in-person) and one-to-one sessions.

Key Areas of Expertise
Business start-up, becoming self-employed, business planning, market research, cash flow forecast, raising finance, marketing and sales.


Allison is a business advice specialist from TEDCO with a background in self-employment, finance and training.

Having ran her own company, she can empathise with the barriers facing entrepreneurs as they work hard to get their business off the ground. She works with people on everything from business planning to exploring the target markets and how to advertise, right through to registration with HMRC and accessing business finance.

This Google Review sums up Allison perfectly:
“Fantastic and informative two day online business start-up course hosted by TEDCO (Allison Nicks). Very informative two days broken down into bite size chunks for everyone to take in easily and all questions answered professionally and honestly. The pace and level of detail provided by the host was very good and the whole vibe of the course was relaxed throughout. Thank you and well done TEDCO (Allison)”.

Whether you already have plans to start a business, or you’re in a situation where self-employment could be an option, Allison would love to help you explore your options. Allison will help you with your business plan, routes to market and practicalities such as accounts and tax.

Please note you must be based in South Tyneside local authority area to request a meeting with Allison.

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