Conference to put focus onsmall business

Premises, skills and money will be the key themes of the Berwick Small Business Conference, to be held in the town hall next month.

Friday, 19th August 2016, 12:04 pm
Berwick Investors Conference and business networking event at the Town Hall

There will be expert presentations on sources of professional advice, finance and staff training from a range of providers, including the North East Venture Fest, ARCH, People Plus, NBSL, the NELEP and Northumberland College.

The opportunity will also be given to local businesses to tell Berwick Town Council what training provision is needed to help fill its skills gaps, and what sort of businesses premises are needed in the town.

This information will be used to inform the Neighbourhood Plan and, as staff from Northumberland County Council and Northumberland College will be present, it will help both these organisation to determine how best to deliver their services to support local businesses.

Cllr Eric Goodyer, who is organising the event, said: “This conference is a two-way process. We want to support local businesses to grow, and to create new, well-paid, skilled jobs. So we are providing as much information as we can to help them to succeed. But we also need business to help us by telling us how the local plan can help them.”

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Of particular importance for the Neighbourhood Plan will be information on what sort of premises are needed (offices, small or large industrial units, or retail), and where they should be located.

Cllr Goodyer added: “Northumberland County Council have concluded that we have too many employment sites and offices in the town, and should concentrate on developing medium-sized industrial units at the Berwick Ramparts and Tweedside Industrial Estates. We need to know if the business community agrees with these conclusions.”

The conference is on Friday, September 16, from 10am to 3pm. Tickets are available now from Eventbrite, free entry.