These organisations can give you advice on starting and managing your own business.

SES (Sustainable-Enterprise-Strategies)
SES offers business start up advice and training, social enterprise start-up and development, business planning, advice on insolvency, debt and bankruptcy for businesses and advice on legal company structures. The service is aimed small to medium sized enterprises, SMEs, social enterprises, unemployed people, women, young people, tenants of registered social landlords and BME groups.

North East Business Innovation Centre (BIC)
Based in Sunderland, BIC offers a wide range of support services for businesses of all shapes and sizes.