Business in the news

THE next meeting of the Hartlepool Business Forum will be held on Thursday, March 17.

The event titled Show Me The Money will look at how companies can source finance.

It will start at 5.15pm with a chance for entrepreneurs to enjoy networking and a buffet, before the presentation starts at 6pm.

Anyone interested in attending the event at the Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience should contact (01429) 867677.

A HIGH-PROFILE conference will be held in the North-East to look at women and the important roles they play in business.

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, in partnership with Women into the Network (WIN), are hosting the event on Tuesday, March 8, at the Radisson Hotel, in Durham.

Carole Beverly, the chief executive of The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: “For us it’s a day of celebrating the contribution that women in the North-East make to our business community and the regional economy.”

Tickets start from £50 plus VAT for forum and WIN members and £65 plus VAT for non-members. For more details, contact (0870) 8502233 or email

STRESS has become the most common problem for health and safety at work, according to new research.

A recent TUC study showed 27 per cent of people interviewed had picked out stress as the hazard at work that most concerns them.

But the Northern TUC’s health and wellbeing project is making serious in-roads into the issue with Mental Health First Aid courses run in regional workplaces.

The campaign also saw more than 150 people, including trade union representatives, employers, regional stakeholders and health professionals turning up for a Health, Wellbeing and Trade Unions event at St James’s Park, in Newcastle.

Kevin Rowan, Northern TUC regional secretary, said: “In the longer term there will clearly be a positive impact on the general health of the region and reductions in the demand on the health services.”