‘We’re ready to do business’ – bosses meet at summit

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Hartlepool was out in force for a business event which has become a prestigious part of the entrepreneurial calendar.

The fourth annual Tees Valley Business Summit was held yesterday and around 900 people attended.

Exhibitors show their products at the Tees Valley Business Summit

Exhibitors show their products at the Tees Valley Business Summit

Town companies were strongly represented at the summit which gave entrepreneurs a chance to enjoy business-based exhibitions, seminars and an opportunity to network with other bosses.

The record-breaking Middlesbrough event, which is organised by the local enterprise partnership Tees Valley Unlimited, saw more exhibitors, more seminars, and more networking opportunities.

Stephen Catchpole, managing director of Tees Valley Unlimited, said: “This year, we got more than 900 registrations which is the biggest we have had.

“We are delighted with how this has grown over the years. It is important, not just for the Tees Valley but for the North East as a whole to have a prestigious business to business event.

We are delighted with how this has grown over the years. It is important, not just for the Tees Valley but for the North East as a whole to have a prestigious business to business event

Stephen Catchpole, managing director of the summit organisers Tees Valley Unlimited

“It started quite well four years ago when we had 250 people and now we are getting close to 1,000.

“And the businesses which come along are coming back year after year.”

He said exhibitors were now booking up for the following year’s event almost as soon as the previous one is over.

Mr Catchpole described the summit, which was opened with a speech by Microsoft’s UK marketing manager Philippa Snare, as “a genuine opportunity for the business community” to network and raise their profile.

The summit gives people a chance to meet peers and new business contacts while getting advice from industry experts across sectors which are vital to the area’s economic wellbeing.

Mr Catchpole added: “Tees Valley Business Summit now is firmly established as a flagship event in the area’s business events calendar.

Among those represented from the Hartlepool area was law firm Tilly Bailey & Irvine.

Helen Lyne, solicitor in the commercial disputes team, said: “We always want to show support for local events and local business.

“This is something we always get a lot out of.”