Our main sponsors for 2017/18 are RSM. They will support local 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.

We are closely linked with local business networks, such as the local Chambers of Trade in Wallsend, Whitley Bay and North Shields as well as the Cobalt & Silverlink Business Association.

And we’re connected to the third sector through the ‘Sector Connector’ Project which aims to help businesses link into their local communities.

SMEs make up around 97% of the North Tyneside economy and it’s in everyone’s interest to help our local business base thrive. This not only helps small companies, but it also means that large organisations, in both the private and public sectors, can save time and money by having good supply chains right here on their doorstep.

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


The Wallsend Chamber of Trade is the accredited representative body for businesses in Wallsend town centre. Most of the members are retailers in the town centre.

The Chamber meets regularly at various venues throughout the town centre and represents the business voice of Wallsend on the Retail Centres Task Group and other Council bodies.

Contact Kevin Howitt at:

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.

Cobalt & Silverlink Business Association was formed to provide support to companies based on the Silverlink Retail Park and occupiers of the Cobalt Business Park.  The organisation exists to promote the interests of a wide range of businesses based on both parks and to discuss issues of mutual concern, such as landscaping, traffic management and security.

For more information about the Cobalt & Silverlink Business Association, contact and we will direct you to the right channels.

The North East Growth Hub is the go-to resource when you’re looking for information and advice on business support and finance. Visit where you can:

  • Browse the latest finance & funding opportunities
  • Search the latest business support programmes, schemes and providers
  • Ask a question to the North East business community, get advice, or support and mentor others in the forum
  • Access the most comprehensive business event listings in the North East.

Check out the North East Growth Hub today:

Telephone: 0300 456 3565



North East England Chamber of Commerce North East England Chamber of Commerce is the region’s largest member organisation, representing around 4,000 businesses. From SME’s to multi-nationals, the Chamber bring business people together across a range of member events, to ensure they get access to the best possible support.

  • 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.
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