We act as a link between local, regional and national business groups, decision makers, local Chambers of Trade, North Tyneside Council, the education sector and the third sector.
We all run our organisations in the same geographical area and share similar goals, so why not work closely together to support local businesses and the surrounding community?
As a member of the Business Forum – which is free of charge – you can express your business views to key decision makers to help generate economic prosperity, business growth and employment.
Here’s a little more information about the partners we work alongside:
North Tyneside Council works shoulder to shoulder with local businesses to encourage growth and success. That’s why it funds and facilitates the Business Forum.
Through the Forum, the Council offers 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 new and existing businesses in the area. We can help you with anything from sourcing suitable premises and recruiting staff to planning to funding advice.
TyneMet College offers a wide range of training options to help your business to grow and train your workforce. The College recognises that the greatest asset of any business is its staff and are committed to helping you release their potential.
High quality services and training for employers and their workforce are available via TyneMet College – all designed 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 your specific needs.
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 a fabulous place to live, work and visit.
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 strives to help traders and the local community. Their services are available to members from retail, the service industry and professional services companies.
Wallsend Chamber is affiliated to North Tyneside Business Forum and is the voice of the business community in Wallsend and the surrounding area. The Chamber will be working to encourage economic growth, employment opportunities, business sustainability and corporate responsibility for its members. We will collaborate with other representative bodies and organisations as well as Northumbria Police and the local schools & colleges to support these objectives.
Business is not just about the numbers. It is about investing in people. It is about investing in the community. Wallsend Chamber is committed to building the Business Community for the benefit of the local people and community groups.
The Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade is a growing association that works to support local businesses and represent the needs of all organisations in the community. We provide support, networking opportunities and regular communications with members to create a business community in the town.
Signing up as a member of Whitley Bay Chamber enables local businesses to have their voice heard on local issues which may affect the business community as a whole.
The Sector Connector project gathers support from the local business sector for local community organisations.
This support could include the donation of time and skills (i.e. 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.
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 SMEs in the borough to grow and create employment.
All of the support is FREE, and The Business Factory will help you get up and running as well as providing support and training 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 several areas including Social Media, Procurement, Branding and Sales.
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. 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.”