Owners and managers of South Tyneside-based SMEs are being urged to take part in free one-to-one sessions throughout October which will best advise and prepare the borough's businesses for future recovery and growth despite the latest restrictions.
The North East Fund, in conjunction with Invest South Tyneside, is asking companies to sign up to the virtual meetings, regardless of which sector they operate, in order to receive solid support and guidance during what has now become (for some), a very challenging economic period.
The first time-allotted sessions are planned between 10am and 1pm on Tuesday 06 and 13 October. Those SMEs registering will be able to discuss operational concerns, the impact on trading, good and bad, what financial support is required or available if seeing growth, recruitment needs or new market opportunities, and what grants or loans are out there to sustain or maintain their business productivity.
Engagement Officer, James Holloway, one of the North East Fund's representatives hosting the virtual sessions, explained, "South Tyneside, given its coastal location, infrastructure and transport links, has a very large number of SMEs operating across many different sectors from tourism and hospitality to exports, manufacturing and engineering, and automotive supply chains. For some, this is undoubtedly a period of growth but for others, it is the complete opposite, therefore we're urging anyone managing a local SME, regardless of requirements, to get in touch should they need support.
"We have access to a wide range of information which could be a lifeline for business owners, therefore if we can offer any general assistance or be the first point of contact for say, owners trying to operate within the new restrictions or seek funding for growth, we'll very much do so."
Time slots are available from 10am-1pm on Tuesday 06 and 13 October 2020. To arrange a virtual one-to-one meeting with James Holloway from the North East Fund, please email James.firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively go to www.northeastfund.org for more details.