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FreeAgent to be headline sponsor of Newcastle Startup Week 2019

Edinburgh-based FreeAgent has been announced as the new Headline Sponsor of Plan Digital’s 5-day Newcastle Startup Week festival in May 2019 and monthly Founders’ Friday events from May onwards!

FreeAgent is a multi-award winning online accounting system specifically designed to meet the needs of sole traders, freelancers, small businesses, bookkeepers and accountants.

Their software helps customers take care of their business admin day-to-day – from managing expenses, running a fully Real Time Information (RTI) compliant payroll and tracking time worked, through to creating and sending professional-looking estimates and invoices to clients.

More than 70,000 businesses currently use FreeAgent to manage their business accounts – all done simply without confusing accounting jargon and with a friendly support team to help them stay on track.

Matt Perkins (Senior Partnerships Manager, FreeAgent) said: “FreeAgent are proud and excited to be sponsoring this year’s Newcastle Startup Week festival. We’ve always been passionate about supporting the UK’s sole traders and micro-businesses – the lifeblood of our economy.”

“There has never been a better time to start a new business in the North East of England with some of the UK’s top accelerator programmes, co-working spaces and business communities available for aspiring startups to tap into from day one. It’s not so long ago that FreeAgent was a three person startup in Edinburgh and now our online accounting software is used and loved by tens of thousands of businesses across the UK! So we know how crucial it is to get inspired, get going and be supported right from the start.”

Paul Lancaster (Founder & Event Producer, Newcastle Startup Week) said: “FreeAgent is one of the UK’s biggest business success stories of the past 10 years and a fantastic example of a company that truly understands its’ customers. Not only is their software perfect for small and micro business owners, they have an excellent support team and a website full of useful guides for running your business too.”

“FreeAgent’s sponsorship of Newcastle Startup Week also supports our aim of bringing the business startup, scaleup and investor communities in the North East of England and Scotland much closer together, with particular focus on Newcastle and Edinburgh. I’m personally delighted to have them onboard and excited to be working with them over the year ahead.”