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A CONFERENCE for North- East businesses in the pharmaceutical sector will be held later this month.

The North East Process Industry Cluster has organised the meeting to be held at Newcastle Racecourse on Wednesday, January 25.

Delegates will register at 12.30pm and a welcome will follow at 1.30pm.

Talks will be given on topics including improving performance while re-focusing the business, energy savings and best factory measures.

The cost is £75 for members and £150 for non-members and more details are available by contacting www.nepic.co.uk.

A REGENERATION fund set up by steel industry chiefs has helped 142 small businesses across the Tees Valley and led to 267 jobs being created.

The UK Steel Enterprise Regeneration Fund was first set up when Teesside Cast Products was mothballed in 2010.

It gives entrepreneurs and businesses less than 18-months-old, access to loan financing from £1,000 to £3,500.

It has so far helped firms in sectors such as renewable energy, motor cycle training, fitted bedroom furniture, health and safety.

Details of all UK Steel Enterprise’s support for business is available on (01642) 777777 and www.uksteelenterprise.co.uk

A FORUM for networking entrepreneurs in Hartlepool gets back into full swing later this month.

The Hartlepool Business Forum, which holds meetings at Hartlepool College of Further Education conference centre, will hold its next meeting on Thursday, January 26.

Talks on a theme of how to win contracts will be given by Graham Frankland from Hartlepool Borough Council, Elaine Wyllie from NE Procurement Services for NHS and others.

All the monthly meetings will start with a buffet at 5.15pm followed by presentations from 6pm.

For more information contact forum co-ordinator John Megson via Hartlepool Enterprise Centre in Brougham Terrace, Hartlepool, TS24 8EY, tel (01429) 867677, fax (01429) 264304 or email john.megson5@ntlworld.com.

For more details visit www.hartlepoolbusinessforum.co.uk