Ex-Newcastle United chairman Sir John Hall headlined an event with local business leaders to encourage them to support and mentor emerging entrepreneurs in the region.
Working alongside Business Northumberland – the free startup business initiative – Sir John, who lives in Lesbury, spoke of the need for more experienced business mentors within the county.
Business Northumberland offers established and start-up businesses support in reaching their full growth potential, as well as offering business coaching to existing businesses with growth ambitions.
Speaking at last Wednesday’s event, hosted at Woodhorn Colliery Museum, Sir John, said: “We are a great region, we shouldn’t live in the past, we should learn from it.
“Sometimes we have to all stand up for our area and move forward. We need the skills, knowledge and drive of our entrepreneurs to guide others in the right direction.”
Sir John admitted that he could have benefited from a mentor at crucial stages in his business development, including supporting his sale of the Metro Centre in its early stages to the Church Commissioners of England.
Also speaking at the event were several current mentors in the programme, who outlined their experiences in successfully supporting early-stage businesses.
Business Northumberland is jointly funded by Arch, The Northumberland Development Company, Northumberland County Council and the European Regional Development Fund.
It has already helped more than 900 businesses from across the county access business start-up workshops, receive information and also obtain face-to-face advice.
Business Northumberland is also able to provide business support and advice through its knowledgeable business support team. Visit business northumberland.co.uk