Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boosting Business in South Tyneside

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Boosting Business in South Tyneside

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FIRMS in South Tyneside are being urged to get together to boost trade within the borough by joining the South Tyneside Business Forum, an independent organisation run by, and for, members of the local business community.

South Tyneside Business Forum, created in 2007, is managed and run by volunteers from businesses across the borough. Working in collaboration with South Tyneside Council, the forum is funded through paid-for events and sponsorship from the council and other local business partners. The aim of the forum is to encourage firms in the borough to work together to make South Tyneside an even better place to do business. It also gives businesses an opportunity to get involved with local and regional initiatives and have a direct input into shaping the future of the region.

Carl Buckley, managing director of Urban River and chair of the business forum, said: "There are a number of current schemes being proposed which aim to improve life for those within the borough. As a representative of local businesses, the forum is often invited to have an input into these projects and we seek to use our voice to ensure benefits for local businesses and the wider community.

"However, we need more companies, big and small, to join us in order to strengthen our voice and make us even more representative of our business community."

Membership of the forum covers all industries and includes large organisations like Siemens, smaller local firms such as Urban River and Wearset and a range of sole traders, business consultants and independent retailers.

In addition to providing opportunities to share and discuss issues, concerns and ideas, the forum runs events and workshops which provide business information, mentor support and networking opportunities.

And there promises to be plenty of choice of events for South Tyneside businesses looking for business information, engagement opportunities, networking and even new staff as the South Tyneside Business Forum finalises its winter 2014/spring 2015 events calendar. …

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