Business news in brief

l ENTREPRENEURS will gather tomorrow for the next meeting of the Hartlepool Business Forum.

Top 10 Marketing Tips is the theme for the event at Hartlepool College of Further Education’s conference centre, starting with a buffet at 5.15pm followed by presentations from 6pm.

This month’s speakers will include Chris Grieveson from the Hartlepool Mail and Samantha Lee from Publicity Seekers.

Future meetings are as follows.

Thursday, November 24: Social media revealed with Pascal Fintoni from the Centre for E-Business.

Thursday, January 26: How to win contracts with Graham Frankland from Hartlepool Borough Council, Elaine Wyllie from NE Procurement Services for NHS and others.

Thursday, February 23: How to fund your business with representatives of banks, local authority and other organisations.

Thursday, March 29: How to get more for less with representatives from Sora Consultants and Hartlepool College of Further Education.

Thursday, April 14: An event called An Audience With in which a high-profile speaker yet to be announced will talk about their experiences.

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l A WORKSHOP covering employment law will be held in the Hartlepool area next month.

Firms are being invited to attend the event called Employment Workshop – Covering TUPE in detail at the Wynyard Rooms at Wynyard on Wednesday, November 9.

It runs from noon to 2pm.

For more details, contact (01642) 356500.

l AN exhibition to highlight North-East business and its commitment to a low carbon future is on the way.

The Federation of Small Businesses is organising its Green 4 Go exhibition at Nissan Sports and Social Club in Sunderland, on Thursday, November 17.

Small business owners will also be able to find out how they can reduce their carbon and save cash by running their companies more sustainably.

FSB North-East regional vice chairman, Ted Salmon, said the exhibition was part of a full day of activities to raise awareness of the Government’s plan for the North-East to become the driver of the UK’s low carbon economy.

The Green 4 Go exhibition is a free event and is open to all businesses. The event runs from 2pm to 7pm. The exhibition will coincide with the FSB North East region’s annual dinner, where a guest speaker will round off the day’s events.

Tickets for the dinner – which include a three-course meal – are £10 per person and should be paid for in advance by emailing