Committed to helping local entrepeneurs

The Federation of Small Businesses in the North East is committed to helping the next set of entrepreneurs across Hartlepool.

Over the past few weeks, we have worked to promote a fantastic initiative called Climate Change Schools Project.

It aims to ensure that the impact of climate change is understood by school children, but more importantly, that they are part of the solution.

At the recent annual event, hosted by the Climate Change Schools Project, the Federation of Small Businesses was asked to open and close an initiative called the Classroom Versus The Boardroom Challenge.

This saw three small businesses from across the North-East work with a number of schools on a particular issue or challenge.

The schoolchildren were asked to develop the ideas of how to respond to the challenges and their responses were superb.

From their pitches, it looks like there is a genuine possibility of the ideas being taken forward and developed.

This would be a great way to show school children that business and enterprise are routes to employment, and the more we can do to encourage this all the better.

Wouldn’t it be great if schoolchildren were not only able to develop ideas to challenges, but be encouraged to develop these ideas under the guidance of already established businesses?

Over the next year, the Federation of Small Businesses will be seeking to help answer this question.

We are absolutely committed to help educate, inspire and support the next generation of small businesses that we all want to see.

We will look to work with partners across a number of schemes we would like to develop and would be delighted to see small businesses from Hartlepool join with us.

If you would like to work with us on this, contact me by calling or emailing me.

I’m really keen to hear from small business owners across Hartlepool to hear your experience of running a small business.

If you’d like to get in touch with me or the FSB in Hartlepool, email me at or follow us on Twitter @FSBnortheast.