Lucky 13 at business showcase

THIRTEEN go-ahead Hartlepool firms have already signed up to be part of a business showcase event which is backed by the Hartlepool Mail.

And the boss of one of them described next Tuesday’s seven-hour summit as a chance to shout out about all that is good in the Tees Valley area.

Janice Auton owns and runs the website firm notjustanywedding which promotes wedding services, products and venues in the region.

She sees the event at Dunedin House, in Stockton, as the perfect way to meet more clients and highlight the services she can provide.

Janice added: “It is really important that businesses out there know how strong our local market is and how much stronger it can be if we all get behind it.

“I believe in the North-East and there are some really good, successful businesses in this area.

“You only have to go into a network meeting of small local businesses and you will see the drive and the energy they have.

“We are in a recession and we can’t change that but we can look to the future.”

Next Tuesday’s business summit starts at 8.30am and will finish at 3.30pm. It will include a keynote speech to be given by a Government minister whose identity is not yet being revealed.

Organisers at regeneration agency Tees Valley Unlimited say the summit is an ideal way to raise awareness of Teesside’s industry.

The showcase will be interactive with a series of workshops covering topics such as securing finance, trading overseas, employee relations, identifying opportunities for growth, business law, and marketing and social media.

The sessions will be led by industry experts from organisations including UKTI, HMRC and the National Apprenticeship Service.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is essential. Delegates can find out more information by logging on to