Businesses are being encouraged to help mentor would-be entrepreneurs in the county to help boost the local economy.
Working alongside Business Northumberland, the free start-up initiative, North Seaton born Sir John Hall spoke at an event at Woodhorn Colliery Museum of the need for more experienced business mentors within Northumberland.
Business Northumberland offers established and start-up businesses in the county free support in reaching their full growth potential.
Already the free start-up business initiative has helped more than 900 from across the county, access business start -up workshops, receive information and also obtain face to face advice.
Speaking at the event, Sir John said: “We are a great region, we shouldn’t live in the past, we should learn from it.
“Sometimes we have to all stand up for our area and move forward.
“We need the skills, knowledge and drive of our entrepreneurs to guide others in the right direction.”
Business Northumberland’s Ian Coull, said: “The event was a great success and it was great to have Sir John Hall and so many prominent business people around us.
“It gave everyone an insight into the importance of business mentors and how local entrepreneurs will benefit greatly from this.
“We want to engage with as many potential mentors as possible to support business growth across the region.”
Also speaking at the event were several current mentors in the programme, who outlined their experiences in successfully supporting early stage businesses.
Visit www.businessnorthumberland.co.uk for more details.