Tom Webb and Luci Cowie, owners of Easy Teasy, met with head of policy Daniel Korski with the aim of helping to shape new policies for startup entrepreneurs.
Organised in conjunction with startup assistance organisation Enterprise Nation, the duo were joined by companies from across the North East to discuss incentives such as grants and tax breaks for companies to help generate jobs in the region.
As a start-up business in 2014, Easy Teasy, triumphed in local and regional heats in the Young Enterprise Start-up programme.
Since becoming a limited company in July 2015, they have delved into the new market of tea infused chocolate following a partnership with local chocolatiers The Chocolate Smiths.
Tom said: “Starting your own business is an exciting yet daunting experience which is why it is so important to have the support of the government in helping to nurture your venture.
“I strongly believe entrepreneurs are the driving force behind the UK economy, helping to create jobs and deliver growth and I’m thrilled we were given the opportunity to discuss how they can help to cultivate business development in the region.
“Not only was the event a great opportunity to network with other likeminded businesses, it was the perfect forum to address recent government cuts in funding to programs such as Young Enterprise – something that is very close to Easy Teasy.
“We’re fortunate enough to have the support from local businesses who have helped us out along the way but we’re looking forward to seeing if we’ve been able to help make a difference for future start-ups.”