Berwick set for first investors conference

Berwick is open for business, according to organisers of the inaugural Berwick Investors Conference which takes place on March 17 at the town hall.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 12:40 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th March 2016, 12:36 pm
Berwick town hall

The event, to promote the town’s new enterprise zone, skilled work force and other business opportunities, was expected to attract about 60 people.

However, with registrations now at 131, the venue’s capacity has nearly been reached.

It is thought Berwick could benefit from the growing economy of Scotland, especially the Borders and Edinburgh City regions, as well as north-east England.

Delegates are coming from both sides of the border, with a strong Scottish contingent, including businesses, Herriot Watt University, Scottish Borders Council and the Scottish Chambers of Commerce.

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Keynote speaker is Cllr Stuart Bell, executive member for economic development on Scottish Borders Council.

There is strong representation from across Northumberland and Tyneside. Other businesses are travelling up from the Midlands to develop supply chains and to further their expansion plans.

There will be presentations from UK Trade and Investment, Innovate UK, the Enterprise Europe Network and the North East LEP.

Berwick companies will also give a series of presentations detailing why the town’s location makes it a great place to work – with the A1, an active port and a high speed rail service.

Councillor Eric Goodyer, who will be chairing the event, said: “We have had an incredible response to the event, and I thank all our supporters and volunteers who made this day possible.

“If we attract just one new job to the town it will have been worthwhile. As the gateway for Scottish enterprise to reach the Northern Powerhouse, this is the place to invest in.”