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14 June 2016

North East Bytesize Issue 174

Regional Events

Curry & Conversation Networking Event - ‘Supported by Hartlepool Borough Council’

Wednesday 15th June 5:30pm - 7pm

Café One77, York Road, Hartlepool, Cleveland, TS26 9EQ

Small business owners rarely get time to network with other businesses, many of whom could be really useful contacts that could help your business grow. The aim of our FSB Curry and Conversations evenings is to help you start new conversations with new business contacts in a relaxed setting.

Book your place here.

Regional News

Retailer? Want to help improve customer loyalty? SpreeTree can help

SpreeTree is trying to build the best digital loyalty service for business owners, and they want you to join them.

They started SpreeTree in order to help businesses become more digital super easily, and without breaking the bank. In order to help them keep up with their customers - who don’t just spend time on their phones, but live on them.

Their digital loyalty schemes combine loyalty and marketing to create a powerful combo far beyond what’s capable with any traditional loyalty card scheme.

Get started with them today and help them shape your service. They’ve got some insanely exciting features which they’re currently building out and will become available in the next few months too.

It’s free to get started and if you’d like to give it a go get in touch with Alex Munro by emailing  or tweet them at @spreetree

Rural Business Conference 2016 Will Outline Small Business Opportunities

The 2016 Rural Business Conference will bring businesses and policy makers together at Kirkley Hall, Northumberland, to discuss the vision of a robust, productive and sustainable rural economy.

Keynote speakers include Lord Curry of Kirkharle, CBE.

This a fantastic opportunity to learn about upcoming business opportunities for rural businesses, talk to agents managing rural funding and meet representatives from across the North East business support community.
(Lunch will be provided and parking is free.)
Please note places are limited so ticket allocation will be based on a first come first served basis.

If you’d like to attend the event go to this page.

Key Strategic Economic Plan Being Refreshed: What’s your view?

The North East’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) is a comprehensive document detailing how the North East economy can, and will, grow in the coming years.

It was published in March 2014. It builds upon an evidence base established in 2012 for the policy environment of the time and defines how we will create more and better jobs for the North East LEP area. Since then, the economy has changed and new challenges and opportunities have emerged. 

The North East LEP has agreed with the North East Combined Authority that now is the right time to refresh parts of the SEP, taking into account new evidence relating to the region’s economic position and evolving public policy environment.

The first step is to look at the progress made in delivering what was said the North East LEP would do in the initial SEP. You can read all about the achievements in the progress review.

The North East LEP has also published an economic analysis paper, which looks at the economic landscape today compared to 2014. Please get in touch if you have data that can enhance the evidence base or if there are areas you feel they should challenge. This is important as it relates to the North East economy and how we are positioned globally.

For more information or to get in touch click here.

Looking for funding in the Tees Valley? Business Compass Will Get You Sorted

Tees Valley Business Compass is the local growth hub for the Tees Valley Combined Authority that aims to develop economic growth and job creation across the five local authorities of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton on Tees. 

 It harnesses the economy-boosting powers of Tees Valley’s five local councils and Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership to elevate partnership working between the public and private sector to a new level to create an even more effective approach to building a stronger Tees Valley.

Looking for funding? Visit this page!

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As a member led organisation we love to hear from you on the success that you're having. Whether you have launched a new product, taken on a new member of staff or started selling in a new market we'd love to hear from you.

We can share this within the FSB network and with the wider press network across the North East.

Share your stories good or bad by emailing our Development Manager Simon Hanson or calling 07917 628 937.