> Seriously Speaking...


Tuesday 7th October 2003 from 5:00pm.

Bar Beyond, The Gate, Newgate Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
(You can park in The Gate Car Park, entrance on Stowell Street - China Town).

'Seriously Speaking' - In the business of debating key issues affecting small business in the region, we have brought together a fabulous set of people to represent the opposing views of who should be responsible for supporting small business growth and development.

This event will track the arguments posed by two panels, one supporting and one opposing the following statement:

''Business support should be delivered by business, and not by the public sector".

Colin Hewitt, partner at Ward Hadaway law firm will kick-start the debate with a 15 minute FOR argument, establishing why business support should be delivered by the private sector. Colin will be joined to support his FOR argument by Caroline Theobald (4 business entrepreneur), Rita Esen (e-lawyer, Cyberlaw) and an entrepreneur - tbc.

Dan Brophy,
CEO of Business Link Tyne & Wear will make the case AGAINST the motion. Dan will be joined to support his AGAINST argument by David Slater (GONE), Karen Langdon (Enterprise, Business Link Tyne & Wear) and Gareth Trainer (Enterprise Centre, University of Newcastle).

5.00 - 6.00pm: Pre-discussion and drinks to prep for the debate! You'll be asked to choose which side of the argument you most agree with but will be given the opportunity to change your mind mid-way through the debate if you wish too.
6.00 - 6:15pm: Kick-starting the debate with intro from the evening's referee, Chris Thompson from The Express Group.
6.15 - 6.45pm: The FOR and AGAINST arguments are delivered by Colin Hewitt (Ward Hadaway); Dan Brophy (Business Link Tyne & Wear).
6.45 - 7.05pm: A chance to change sides on the basis of the arguments delivered so far if appropriate. Floor discussion and delivery of questions back to the referee.
7.05 - 7.30pm: Open discussion with all panellists and floor to arrive at some solid conclusions/beliefs. Debate will be minuted and fed back to the governing bodies of the region.
7.30 - 8.30pm: Complimentary drink (cocktail/beer/wine) and buffet.
8.30 - 'til late: Invite to stay on and dance the night away, courtesy of Bar Beyond!

To register, please pop your name and email address in the boxes below and click on the relevant option: Yay (WILL be attending); Nay (WONT be attending) or Not Sure (maybe). To complete the registration process, please click the 'REGISTER' button. Thank you and look forward to seeing you at the debate.

'Seriously Speaking' has been established to create a time and a place for NE businesses to come together and focus on pertinent issues facing them. Encouraging honest, open discussion on major matters influencing the direction and development of businesses in the region and considering innovative and creative ways to improve the position of business in the future. The realisation that we are all keen to improve our businesses, the environment in which they grow and flourish and the infrastructure they sit within needs to have a focal point to ensure change does happen, with our input. 'Seriously Speaking' is an attempt to help small businesses inform change in our region and beyond. Ultimately, the aim is for this event to be thought provoking and challenging, yielding some original perspectives on business support that can be fed back directly to the decision makers of our region.