Businesses invited to supply Regatta

Businesses are being reminded they can find out how to be a supplier for one of the biggest events in Northumberland.

Thursday, 7th April 2016, 8:40 am
Updated Thursday, 7th April 2016, 8:41 am
Martin Lawlor, chief executive, Port of Blyth; Coun Val Tyler, Northumberland County Council; Alan Ferguson OBE, Chairman, Fergusons of Blyth.

The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta Blyth 2016 is coming to the town this summer and hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to attend.

Northumberland County Council is holding the Local Suppliers Engagement Event to help businesses find out more about the Regatta and to find out about opportunities to become a supplier.

The range of goods and services required includes: catering, stages, security services, concessions, fairgrounds, deckchairs and print.

The suppliers’ event is being held at Blyth Workspace on Tuesday, April 12, with information sessions at 7.30am, 11am and 2.30pm.

Fergusons of Blyth has been confirmed as the principal sponsor for the Regatta.

Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at the council, said: “The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta Blyth 2016 is a huge event for the county and it brings a fantastic range of opportunities for local businesses.

“It provides a chance to showcase the best of Northumberland to an international audience and for our local suppliers to benefit by providing goods and services.”

The council is holding the local supplier event specifically for local businesses who are interested in providing goods or services for the prestigious Regatta.

The sessions are open to any local business wanting to attend and no booking is required.

Entry to the Tall Ships Regatta is free and there will be lots to see and do across five themed zones of entertainment from Blyth beach to the town centre.

Alan Ferguson OBE, chairman of Fergusons of Blyth, said: “Fergusons is delighted to be the principal sponsor for The Tall Ships Regatta 2016, working with other local businesses to support the local community and promote this historic port town of Blyth and the surrounding area of Northumberland to a world-wide audience.”

Other infrastructure supply opportunities to support the Regatta are currently listed on

Anyone who is interested in becoming a supplier but is unable to attend the suppliers’ event can register their interest and view opportunities via

Martin Lawlor, chief executive of the Port of Blyth, said: “Tourism and businesses are vital to the economy in Northumberland and the Regatta offers lots of opportunities for local traders to get involved.”

“Supporting local businesses is something that we at the Port, the county council and our main sponsor Fergusons, are all passionate about and we hope that as many potential suppliers come along as possible.”

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