Crowds gather to learn about setting up a business

More than 100 people attended a special event at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington to learn about setting up and running a business.

Organised by Business Northumberland a free service that provides business advice and support to anyone thinking about starting a business in Northumberland and also offers business coaching to existing businesses with growth ambitions. Business Northumberland is jointly funded by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, Northumberland County Council and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

From dog groomers to stationers, web developers to osteopaths, enterprise was very much alive at the recent event. Attendees were able to attend free seminars focused upon everything from marketing to funding and franchising, learn from exhibitors and even speak live on Radio Northumberland.

Paul Whitecross, Business Northumberland programme manager, said. “Visitors heard at first hand from industry professional’s about how to go about starting their businesses, the event proved really popular and was a great networking opportunity to meet potential suppliers and talk to like minded people.”

Brand ambassadors from Business Northumberland including Hugo Douglas, Dean Stackhouse and Rachel and Stephen Miller attended the event to network with potential entrepreneurs and to talk about their business journey. A motivational speech from three times gold medal winning paralympian Stephen Miller and his partner Rachel, helped provide visitors with an insight into how they’ve overcome their adversities.

Stephen Miller, of Smile through Sport, said: “We were delighted to be asked to speak at the event and to help inspire people, telling them that through hard work, determination and focusing on what you want, you can achieve your goals.”

The free business advice service hosts a number of events, workshops and master-classes teamed with options for one-to-one business support to help people get their businesses off to the right start.

For more details call Business Northumberland on 08451 444 000 or email