Business Sparks

This practical and fun youth enterprise programme is run in partnership with Solar Learning CiC.  We are currently funded by Make Your Mark to deliver this programme in the Benwell and Scotswood area, but we have a variety of enterprise packages available for schools, colleges and community groups who are outside of the ward.

We offer 16-24 year olds an exciting package of support, which allows them to Explore an enterprising idea, Experience all aspects of enterprise from marketing to finance, and finally to put their Enterprising idea into practice.

  • 1:1 advice and guidance
  • business planning workshops
  • themed seminars led by local business owners
  • free office space
  • business mentors
  • the chance to apply for an enterprise award
  • test trading opportunities
  • Celebaration event to celebrate your success
  • Opportunity to gain a Level 2 award in Enterprise Skills and Employability

"Before I went on this programme I only had a rough idea of what it was I was trying to achieve, but with the help of Business Sparks I have refined and developed that idea.  I now have a clear understanding and am well on my way to starting my own business."    Craig Cheel, Apeuro Parkour and Freerunning.

If you are aged 16-24 and want to find out how to get involved, or you are a local business interseted in supporting the programme, please contact us at or call 0191 226 7300

Read about our Business Sparks programme and celebration event 

Our enterprise activities have recently expanded to include:


Newcastle Enterprise Club, which runs a weekly drop in session every Thursday morning at John Buddle Work Village from 9am until 1pm.  if you are not available to attend the Thursday drop in session then please cntact us to let us know when you are available and we could arranage a meeting for another date and time. The Newcastle Enterprise club allows you free access to laptops and phones, access to an online business library, referrals to a business mentor and support with your business plan. 


Newcastle Enterprise Champions is a 12 week training program for only 2 hours per week. The training will help you to improve your listening skills, communication skills and will support you to gain the skills relevant to the role of a business mentor. Throughout your learning you will gain experience of being a business mentor, how the basics of setting up a business and will have the opportunity to gain a Level 3 award in Enterprise Mentoring. 

  • Do you have 2 hours spare a week?
  • Would you like to support members of the public to set up their own business?
  • The Newcastle Enterprise Champions could be for you!
  • Email or call 0191 226 7300 for more infromation  

If you would like support from our Enterprise Champions to support you when setting up your business then pelase get in touch and we can arrange for a time and place to meet and discuss your business and your needs. 


We also run quartley markets to help support our test-traders and to encourage them to promote their service or products to the public. 


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Mark Forster
Naz Tee Shoes
Business Sparks
Newcastle Enterprise Club and Newcastle Enterprise Champions