Business support conference, Business Boom, hosted by Business Northumberland, proved to be one of Northumberland's largest business events to date, with 85 businesses in attendance and 100 new businesses signed up to the programme.
Since the launch of the conference in August, Business Northumberland has seen a 25% increase in the number of businesses signed up to receive business support.
Business Boom, took place over two days and offered Northumberland businesses a chance to register for the Business Northumberland programme and receive support to help grow their business.
The event was held at Linden Hall, Northumberland, last week and was presented by the Business Northumberland team, including a group of experienced and specialist trainers.
Throughout the conference, the trainers supported small to medium sized businesses through workshops and 1-2-1 sessions related to topics to help them grow.
Laura Forsyth from Forsyth VA Services, who attended the event, said: "I absolutely loved Business Boom. I have learned a lot of new skills -the routes to market session was really valuable. I have made new collaborations and networked my heart out."
Simon Lowe from Simon Lowe Photography also attended, he said: "I really enjoyed Business Boom. There were clear, practical and inspiring sessions from passionate experts and I've come away with loads of ideas for how to make my business grow, plus I've made loads of new connections with others. I'm so pleased I signed up."
Councillor Richard Wearmouth, Chairman of Arch, said: "It's fantastic news that 85 new businesses attended the Business Boom conference with a total of 100 new businesses registered for the Business Northumberland programme. Business Northumberland is dedicated to helping local businesses to gain the skills and knowledge they need to grow and develop. I was proud to be inviolved in the event and enjoyed witnessing the brilliant progress and the beginnings of growth journeys for many businesses."
Business Northumberland aims to help 360 businesses across the County to create 131 new jobs over the next three years. The £1.3m programme is delivered by a team of three specialist Business Growth Advisers within Arch.
The service adds to an existing package of support that Arch already provide to businesses in the County, including advice on property solutions for businesses in need of commercial space, funding and support, supply chain connections, training and recruitment and business development.
The £1.3m funding secured for the programme includes Arch’s own funds and match funding of £698,599 received from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.