Conference provides support to businesses

A business support conference proved to be one of Northumberland's largest to date.

Friday, 29th September 2017, 09:47 am
Updated Thursday, 28th September 2017, 13:09 pm
Business Northumberland team and delegates at the Business Boom conference.

There were 85 businesses in attendance at Business Boom and 100 new firms have now signed up to the programme.

Over the past month, event hosts Business Northumberland has seen a 25 per cent increase in the number of companies signed up to receive support.

Business Boom, held over two days at Linden Hall, was a chance for county-based businesses to gain growth knowledge and receive support.

Trainers provided workshops and one-to-one sessions related to topics to help them expand.

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The event helped business owners to create and develop a manageable growth plan that they could put into practice.

The conference focused on business growth, looking at different routes on how to market ideas effectively, both online and offline, as well as looking at finance and funding opportunities.

As with the rest of the Business Northumberland programme, all the places were fully funded by Arch and England European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020 so there was no charge to businesses.

Coun Richard Wearmouth, chairman of Arch, said: “Business Northumberland is dedicated to helping local businesses to gain the skills and knowledge they need to grow and develop.

“I was proud to be involved in the event and enjoyed witnessing the brilliant progress and the beginnings of growth journeys for many businesses.”

Laura Forsyth, of Forsyth VA Services, said: “I absolutely loved Business Boom. I have learned a lot of new skills – the routes to market session was really valuable.”

During Business Boom, delegates were encouraged to engage online via social media platforms and share the unique hashtag, #BNBOOM, By the end of the conference the participants had generated content that had engaged 503,000 people across a variety of social media. This lead to the event trending

locally on twitter.

The main objective of the Business Northumberland programme is to help businesses across Northumberland grow and prosper. Whether a business is new, facing challenges, looking to grow or even looking to locate into Northumberland, the Business Northumberland programme can offer valuable advice and support.

Business Northumberland aims to help 360 businesses across the County to create 131 new jobs over the next three years. The £1.3 million programme is delivered by a team of three specialist Business Growth Advisers within Arch.

The service adds to an existing package of support that Arch already provide to businesses in the county, including advice on property solutions for businesses in need of commercial space, funding and support, supply chain connections, training and recruitment and business development.

The £1.3m funding secured for the programme includes Arch’s own funds and match funding of £698,599 received from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

For more information about Business Northumberland and to register for future events, please visit www.businessnorthumberland.co.uk or contact the relevant Business Northumberland team member based at Arch:

Chris Dawson – West Northumberland - 01670 719 911 - chris.dawson@arch-group.co.uk

James Holloway – North Northumberland - 01670 719 911 james.holloway@arch-group.co.uk

Dionne Clark – South East and Central Northumberland - 01670 528498 dionne.clark@arch-group.co.uk