Business Start-ups

We have been working at grass roots level with our business start-up programmes in Newcastle since September 2021. Our social mission is to increase the number of successful adult business start-ups from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Since September 2021, we have supported 64 individuals through Start-up & Jump Start Programmes (funded by Unltd Big Lottery and CLLD).

Director at Upstart Enterprise Vicki Stone says – “We believe everyone should have a chance at setting up their own business, regardless of employment background or educational attainment.”


We are currently working in partnership with North East Autism Society in 2024 to deliver business start-up support for neurodiverse adults through ProgressNE.

Aimed at those who are neurodivergent, have learning difficulties and disabilities, or are experiencing poor mental health, ProgressNE recognises and celebrates the difference in us all.

Our support is tailored to the needs, strengths and interests of each individual and our dedicated team works closely with participants to break down barriers, enabling them to fulfil their potential and to do the things that matter most to them.

The project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with the North of Tyne Combined Authority as the lead authority.

ProgressNE is delivered by a partnership between Azure Charitable Enterprises and North East Autism Society with self-employment support by Upstart Enterprise CIC.

Referrals for this programme need to be done via their website.

Our impact in numbers