Focus on transforming region’s economy
Apr 17 2009 By Business Link
BUSINESS Link is proud to be the associate sponsor of the nebusiness awards 2008, which are gearing up for an exciting and prestigious finale that will celebrate the outstanding achievements of enterprise in North East England.
The final gala dinner on April 30 at Hardwick Hall will be a fantastic opportunity for the region’s business community to meet up and enjoy a sumptuous evening’s entertainment and to find out the exciting conclusions to this year’s competition.
Organisations of all sizes and sectors have demonstrated in the three sub-regional final heats, the great strength and diversity of enterprise that exists in the North East. The nebusiness judges will have a tough task deciding who will emerge as the overall winners from the 12 hotly contested categories.
In the current challenging economic climate it is more important than ever that we get behind the region’s enterprises and use prestigious business events like the Hardwick Hall final to seek out new opportunities and learn from the experiences of others.
Jill Lee, operations manager at Business Link, said: “Networking with new business prospects and potential partners is crucial, and events like the nebusiness awards 2008 can raise your business’s profile and position it on the radar of key decision makers who may be interested in your products or services.
“Networking can be the lifeline of support and business generation, allowing you to boost your reputation and gather new leads. The key to getting the most out of networking is to be proactive and mingle as much as possible – there is little point attending if you become a passive observer.
“You need to appreciate that although you may not seal a business deal on the day, you could start mutually beneficial business relationships that might pay significant dividends in the future. Good networking at business events will give you the chance to meet potential customers, suppliers and partners.
“As well as generating sales and building partnerships, networking can also be a key source of information, support and even inspiration. You can compare and discuss issues of common interest and develop and share ideas, innovation and knowledge of best practice. Business Link’s website www.businesslink.gov.uk/northeast has lots of helpful information on how you can use networking to benefit your business.
“It is more important than ever that our region gets together and shouts about its outstanding successes and shows the world that the North East really means business. The nebusiness awards 2008 are a great celebration and illustrate that we have the strength to thrive and grow, despite the challenging economic conditions.”
Business Link is focused on transforming the region’s economy by providing free, independent information and advice to new and established businesses as well those who want to start a new venture.
This year Business Link will help over 32,000 companies and people starting businesses. For more information about how Business Link can help you, visit www.businesslink.gov.uk/northeast or call 0845 600 9006.