I set myself a challenge this year to take advantage of more business development and networking opportunities.
So when Invest South Tyneside announced its programme of free activities for South Tyneside Business Week 2020, I scrolled through the listings and booked up immediately.
I usually avoid these sorts of things like the plague – they conjure up images of corporate types in suits talking tech and manufacturing, rather than the arts and creative industries.
But, I am a business based in South Tyneside, so I would be mad to miss out on something so useful on my doorstep.
South Tyneside Business Week 2020 runs from Monday, February 10, to Friday, February 14, and while there are sessions dedicated to manufacturing, technology and product innovation, there’s plenty going on for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
The three things I’ve booked up for are the Launch Event and Exhibition at South Shields Town Hall on Monday, February 10; How to Dominate Social Media at One Trinity Green on Thursday, February 13 and #LoveSouthTyneside at Jarrow Focus Theatre on Friday, February 14.
What have I signed up for?
The launch event features inspirational speakers and a host of organisations giving advice on business support and funding, including the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Federation of Small Buisnesses.
As someone who’s yet to embrace video as part of their social media marketing (shocking, I know, for a calligrapher) I’m looking forward to checking out the new ‘content suite’ at One Trinity Green.
I’m also looking forward to hearing more about the #LoveSouthTyneside campaign, which I’ve already spotted on Twitter. I’m a Sand Dancer by marriage, rather than birth, but I’m still very proud of where I live and work.
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Supporting businesses is what we do everyday. Celebrating and inspiring entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes across the borough and beyond is essential for ensuring continued growth, innovation and diversification for the future.
“That’s why I’m delighted to be launching South Tyneside Business Week. We’ve put together a fantastic programme delivering relevant content, coming straight from successful local and regional businesses, entrepreneurs and organisations, to equip businesses new or established, large or small with the knowledge they need to thrive.”
To view the South Tyneside Business Week 2020 programme in full and to book tickets, visit www.investsouthtyneside.com.