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Chamber Showcase Set for NE Expo Success


Ashley Carney’s column from the Journal

As a region we often beat ourselves up for not singing from the rooftops about our many achievements. We prefer to take a modest, let’s just get on with the job, approach to business life.

Here at the Chamber we work hard to help our members raise their profiles and shout about their achievements. This positive promotion has the benefit of giving PR to the companies themselves but also encourages them to lead by example, inspiring other businesses.

One of the ways we support businesses to win more work and build their network is by our Chamber showcase event at the North East Expo.

This huge exhibition on Thursday, 2 May at the Kingston Park Falcons Ground, is one of the largest shop windows we have in the region, with hundreds of business visitors and a substantial number of exhibitors.

We also always use this event as an opportunity to share the expertise we have in the Chamber. Last year our chief executive James Ramsbotham, spoke about leadership qualities and what has shaped his own career successes.

As part of this event we will be focusing on our Inspiring Females strand of work at a seminar when two businesswomen leaders will share their paths to success. Entitled ‘Bold Risks and a bit of Luck’, the first of these talks will be by Julie Underwood, our international trade director who has travelled the globe in her role and started her travels in Russia when she was a student. Julie will be followed by Paula Gascoigne, who heads up the Smile For life children’s charity. She left the banking sector to set up an inspirational charity from scratch and like Julie Underwood is a great example of entrepreneurship and leading from the front.

A further business talk from people blazing a trail will be by Oatein, a North Tyneside company which has recently appeared on Dragons Den and is now stocked by a major national retailer.

We know from past experience the value of getting these positive stories out there and getting the chance to learn from challenges overcome.

The chances are that whatever a business is facing, or whether it is an opportunity they wonder how best to exploit, there will be a businessperson at the expo who can help.

We have great business stories and I for one are looking forward to this chance to hear them at first hand.