> Seriously Speaking: Inspiring North East Futures
Business support should be delivered by business and not by the public sector was the topic of an energetic debate in Newcastle last night. Seriously Speaking an event organised by Business Link Tyne & Wear and communications agency bmarketing, saw over 100 local entrepreneurs, business support representatives and business owners gather to put forward their views and experiences.
The Chairman for the debate, Chris Thompson of the Express Group refereed the proceedings, managing dozens of questions put forward to the panellists who put on an energetic and impassioned performance.
Supporting the public sector and standing against the motion stood David Slater (GONE), Karen Langdon (Business Link TW) and Gareth Trainer (Newcastle University) headed up by CEO of Business Link TW, Dan Brophy.
Following an energetic hour of questions and debates, the floor was
asked to vote in favour for or against the motion in the hope that
the 20 or 30 fence sitters would have been convinced in favour
of one side or the other. In reality, the vote remained pretty much even
with the agreed outcome being that the only real way to improve
access to and quality of business support in the region, is to improve
the way in which the private and public sector work together to provide
expert support directly to businesses at all stages of their development.
Both sides also agreed that both sectors share a responsibility not only
to provide this specific expert support to businesses, but also to inspire
ambition within and thereby create further wealth for the
region as a whole.
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, this event hoped 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. We think weve achieved this.
The event was held in Bar Beyond at The Gate, who wed like to thank for the use of their excellent facilities. If you would like to hold and event at this venue or find out more about the facilities that they offer, contact Sarah on 0191 2221113, or check out http://www.beyondbargrill.com