A BUSINESS club is set to grow further just weeks after it came to Hartlepool for the first time.
Hartlepool became the ninth town in the North-East to open up a branch of the Mussel Club in March.
Fifty representatives met at Krimo’s restaurant at Hartlepool Marina for that inaugural meeting and the second event has already been booked.
It will be held at the Staincliffe Hotel in Seaton Carew, from 6pm on Tuesday, May 24, with John McGee, managing director of Resilient Power Solutions, as the guest speaker.
Mussel Club founder David Cook says the movement is expanding in other ways as well.
l The club website is now getting 70,000 hits a month and there are requests from businesses in areas such as Essex, Yorkshire, Edinburgh and Glasgow to open up branches in their areas.
“The main thing is we are a regional network, even if it is becoming popular nationally,” said David.
“Yes, we do have a Mussel Club in Hartlepool but people in Hartlepool could do business with South Tyneside or Newcastle or Sunderland.”
Other developments have also been revealed.
l The Mussel Club is also running net meetings. People can book an online slot on the club website where they can do a presentation on a business topic of their choice. Up to 100 people can then dial in remotely to watch it.
“It’s a great way of giving people an opportunity to reach out to a wider audience,” said David.
l The Mussel Club is also holding its first Business Expo at Bede’s World, South Tyneside, on Tuesday, June 14. It will showcase 50 South Tyneside companies but David said: “Our intention is to roll these out so that we have business exhibitions in places such as Hartlepool.”
Anyone wanting more details about the Mussel Club, and the forthcoming Hartlepool meeting, should contact (0191) 5163109.