Businesses to share support at exhibition

Paralympian Stephen Miller with his Smile Through Sport business.
Paralympian Stephen Miller with his Smile Through Sport business.

Businesses are gearing up for the largest business exhibition of its kind in the area.

The latest business to sign up is Smile Through Sport, set up by paralympian champion Stephen Miller and his wife Rachel.

Stephen, who received support from Business Northumberland, will be speaking about his career and how he overcame adversities, helping inspire local entrepreneurs to do the same.

The Start your Business Exhibition will take place at Woodhorn Museum on April 26.

Stephen said: “We are delighted to be speaking at the Start Your Business event and also to have been asked to be brand ambassadors for the Business Northumberland campaign.

“It is a great initiative which has helped us massively through our business journey so far thanks to their events and mentoring service. We are looking forward to meeting aspiring and proven Northumbrian entrepreneurs at the event.”

The exhibition hosted by Business Northumberland is set to include numerous seminars from key speakers and successful Northumbrian entrepreneurs.

The free event takes place from 10am to 4pm.

For fast pass entry people can register to attend online at or 08451 444000. For more information visit the website.

A host of speakers and exhibitors including Barclays, Prince’s Trust and the Northumberland Arch Digital Team.

A packed seminar programme will run during the day, subject topics covered include franchising, marketing, financing and sales.

Smile Through Sport aims to create increased awareness, opportunity and ultimately enjoyment in disability sport throughout the north east.

Rachel and Stephen provide a range of services based around their three key themes of inspiration, education and enjoyment which will be echoed at the Start Your Business event.

Business Northumberland events manager, Hilary Dunne, said: “We are delighted to welcome Stephen and Rachel on board in support of local enterprise, they have an amazing story to share and inspire people in Northumberland who are considering starting their own business.”