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 -
'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.
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).
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:
the debate with intro from the evening's referee, Chris Thompson
from The Express Group.
FOR and AGAINST arguments are delivered by Colin Hewitt
(Ward Hadaway); Dan Brophy (Business Link Tyne & Wear).
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.
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.
drink (cocktail/beer/wine) and buffet.
- 'til late:
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