North Tyneside Business Forum acts as a link between local business groups and Chambers of Trade, North Tyneside Council, the education sector and community and third sector organisations. Sharing a geographical catchment area and with similar goals, it makes sense to work more closely together to help respond to the needs of local business and local communities.

The work of the Business Forum is supported by a range of private sector sponsors throughout the year and the main sponsors for 2017/18 are RSM. Although based in Newcastle, RSM are keen to support North Tyneside-based SMEs to grow through strategic accountancy and business advisory services ranging from tax, financial reporting and funding options to transactions, fraud and key consultancy support to help improve operational, financial and governance efficiency.

RSM are the main sponsors of North Tyneside Business Forum for 2017/18. RSM are a leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services to middle market leaders, globally.  With offices based at St James Gate in Newcastle, the company aim to support North Tyneside businesses through their year of sponsorship.

With around 3,500 partners and staff in the UK and access to more than 38,000 people in over 120 countries across the RSM network, RSM provide a full spectrum of advice from compliance to facilitating growth, wherever in the world you operate.

At RSM, they build strong relationships based on deep understanding of what matters most to clients.  They will strive to truly understand you, your strategies and your aspirations and endeavour to be considered the adviser of choice to your business. As an integrated team, they share skills, insight and resources, as well as a client-centric, collaborative approach that’s based on a deep understanding of our clients’ businesses.

Tel: 0191 255 7000


North Tyneside Council works in partnership with business to foster growth and development.

It therefore funds and facilitates the ongoing work of the Business Forum, as well as providing a range of business support services including advice on premises, funding, start ups and inward investment.

In addition, the Business and Enterprise team’s Business Development Officers deliver support and advice to help embed new and existing businesses in the area by providing assistance with everything from sourcing suitable premises to workforce recruitment, as well as advice on everything from planning to funding advice.

TyneMet College offers a wide range of training solutions to help businesses to grow and maximise the skills and effectiveness of your workforce. They recognise that the greatest asset of any business is its staff and are committed to working with business to release their potential.

The College provides high quality services and training for employers and their workforce, to have a positive impact on business performance and maximise return on investment.

By working closely with business, TyneMet’s experienced trainers and assessors deliver bespoke training solutions to meet specific needs.

To discuss your training needs, call one of our workforce development consultants.

Tel: 0191 229 5179



The North Shields Chamber of Trade and Commerce works in partnership with North Tyneside Council, the Town Centre Representative for North Shields, Northumbria Police and the Tourism department, to ensure North Shields is an attractive place for residents and visitors alike. There are exciting plans to regenerate North Shields town centre and the Chamber needs the views of local business on how to achieve this.

North Shields Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to providing a quality service for the benefit of traders and the local community.  Their services are available to members from retail, the service industry and professional services companies.  They can assure all members that they are committed to ensure that North Shields is a vibrant and pleasant town to visit for customers, workers and visitors alike.

Tel: 0191 257 4600


North Tyneside Business Forum are currently supporting the resurrection of Wallsend Chamber of Trade and Commerce. The Forum are supporting the Chamber for a period of six months, from November 2017, and would like to hand it over to the business community in North Tyneside with the aim of becoming a voice for businesses in Wallsend town centre and the surrounding areas.

Representatives from nearly 30 local businesses met at the Swan’s Innovation Centre and decided to form the Wallsend Chamber of Trade & Commerce. It consists of businesses, colleges and voluntary groups and will agree key priorities, lobby policy makers, and alert the public through events, activities and social media.

Contact David Bavaird at more information about what the next meeting will take place visit our upcoming events page.

The Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade is a growing association that has the common aim of supporting one another and representing our combined interests in the community.

They receive no public funding and rely entirely on subscriptions of the members in order to operate. All of the officers give their time on a voluntary basis. The benefits of membership give individual businesses the opportunity to be represented within one group. Being non-political the Chamber can oppose any local issues, which may affect the business community.

The chamber meets monthly to discuss matters of local interest, usually with a topical guest speaker. Meetings are planned to last for no more than one hour.

The Sector Connector project aims to broker support from the local business sector into local community organisations.

This support could include the donation of time and skills (ie volunteering), or it could take the form of businesses offering goods, services and facilities to the voluntary sector on a discounted or donated basis.

The project has supported over 100 voluntary groups so far and has involved over 70 businesses. Businesses who engage in the project benefit from a range of positive PR opportunities including press releases and references on the project website; other opportunities are being developed.

North East England Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest member organisation, representing around 3,000 businesses. From SME’s to multi-nationals, the Chamber brings business people together across a range of member events, to ensure they get access to the best possible support. 

Chamber members share conversations, experience and connections. Members come together to influence and expand the world they do business in. 

For over 200 years, the Chamber have been helping businesses and individuals grow their network, knowledge, influence and reach. 

  • Grow your network – The Chamber hold over 100 Chamber events each year and last year connected around 5000 business people.
  • Grow your knowledge – The Chamber host’s regular knowledge events and seminars which give free access to upskill businesses and employees.
  • Grow your influence – The Chamber represents members to ensure that their voice is heard at local, regional and national levels on issues that affect businesses.
  • Grow your reach – The Chamber brings members together and create opportunities to have meaningful conversations which lead to successful long term relationships.

North Tyneside Council’s business support service The Business Factory supports residents and businesses in North Tyneside. The programme supports residents to start a business and to help SME’s in the borough to grow and create employment.

All of the support is FREE, and they’re here to help you get up and running as well as throughout the lifetime of your business.

Businesses in North Tyneside are able to access up to 12 hours of support with a business development officer or specialist consultant. Support is offered in a number of areas including Social Media, Procurement, Branding and Sales.


    Telephone: 0191 605 3110

    Following a meeting between North Tyneside Business Forum’s Chair, David Bavaird and Ian Bell, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager – Fire Safety North, the two organisations have agreed to work closer together to support local businesses better understand their fire safety obligations.

    Ian Bell said: “We are committed to providing fire safety information to businesses in Tyne and Wear. By working in partnership with organisations such as the North Tyneside Business Forum we can provide businesses with advice and help to ensure that fire safety legislation is understood and adhered to. Additionally we also provide businesses with helpful advice on fire safety to protect their businesses from fire. The Arson Prevention Forum has reported that 47% of all fires in England are deliberate with an average cost of £25,544 per claim, a large percentage of businesses don’t fully recover from a fire.”

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