New Hartlepool networking project is nan-tastic!

SPICY BUSINESS BOOST: Hartlepool FSB chairman Pam 'Hargreaves
SPICY BUSINESS BOOST: Hartlepool FSB chairman Pam 'Hargreaves

COMPANY bosses in Hartlepool can swap the boardroom for bhunas in a new networking project.

A curry and a conversation is beckoning for all the town’s small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

It’s thanks to the town branch of the Federation of Small Businesses that the new project has started and branch chairman Pam Hargreaves urged SMEs to get involved.

She said: “These events are there for FSB members and we want to re-engage them. We want people to come forward, meet each other and engage.”

The aim of the Curry and Conversations evenings are to develop nights which are relaxed, yet still offer entrepreneurs the chance to do some networking with like-minded business people.

Pam added: “We have had some of these and they are attracting growing numbers of people. This is an opportunity for people to have their tea, and have a welcome drink.”

Curry and Conversations evenings start at 5.30pm at One77 in York Road in Hartlepool.

“They usually last for about an hour and a half and we want to see if there is a synergy between them.

“Each time we hold one of these, we tend to find there is a smattering of new members coming forward. Each of them is really lighthearted, very informal and we tend to find that they really work.”

The Curry and Conversations nights are held once every second month with more on the way in the new year.

They are free to attend and anyone wanting more details can contact Pam via email at

FSB bosses want more companies to join the organisation which already has a 179-strong membership in town.

The FSB was formed in 1974. Nationally, it now has 200,000 members across 33 regions and 194 branches of the UK.

Its aim is to campaign on behalf of the small business sector by protecting the interests of self-employed people.

The Hartlepool branch holds meetings once every two months, on the second Tuesday in the month at Cafe One77 in York Road.

More details of FSB events in the town can be found on the website at