Small businesses set to take centre stage for conference

Berwick Small Business Conference has now attracted 65 registrations, many of them being small and medium sized businesses from Northumberland and Scotland.

Thursday, 15th September 2016, 09:23 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th October 2016, 13:05 pm
Berwick Investors Conference and business networking event at the Town Hall

The event takes place tomorrow (Friday) from 10am to 3pm in Berwick town hall.

Cllr Eric Goodyer, who has organised the event on behalf of Berwick Town Council, said: “This is a great turnout, and a display of confidence in Berwick’s future.

“Building the environment for economic growth is a key role of Berwick Town Council and we will continue to support our business community in any way that we can.”

The keynote speaker will be Cllr Allan Hepple, cabinet member for economic development with Northumberland County Council.

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Other presentations will be given by Northumberland College, People Plus, North East Venture Fest, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership, ARCH and NBSL Ltd.

The three themes covered will be access to finance and professional support, skills and training and industrial premises.

The workshop sessions will allow local businesses to discuss their needs, and how they can be helped to grow.

The feedback will also be used to support the Berwick Neighbourhood Plan currently being developed.

A message of support has been sent by Cllr Stuart Bell, executive member for economic development at Scottish Borders Council, who is unable to attend.

He said: “I very much admire the energy and enthusiasm in Berwick for this sort of initiative to promote local development.”

Members of Scottish Borders Council’s Business Gateway team will however be attending, highlighting the importance of Scotland to Berwick’s growing economy.

Others set to attend include UKTI, Herriot Watt University, Borders College, Berwick Town Council, Northumberland County Council, Scottish Borders Council and representatives from the LEADER programme.

The event was organised following feedback from the inaugural investors conference in the spring which was judged to be a big success.

Admission is free and tickets are still available from Eventbrite.