NORTH Tyneside enterprise agency The Business Factory is hosting its first wedding fair for newly-started small firms involved in the business.
Exhibitors already booked for the event this Sunday include photographers, cake-makers, beauticians, stationery designers, caterers and florists.
Kathryn Ashcroft, who runs North Shields-based Katie Maes, will be taking part after setting up her firm two months ago. She said: “I only formally established my business in May, having made a host of celebration cakes and cupcakes for friends and family, and I have been inundated with orders through word of mouth.
“The Business Factory wedding fair is a great opportunity for me to promote my business and talk to potential customers, and meet other like-minded new business owners who have turned their skills and hobbies in to a business.”
The Business Factory was started by North Tyneside Council to act as a one-stop-shop for people considering setting up in business.
The service, which is free of charge, is delivered by South Tyneside-based Tedco.
Enterprise coach Jen Calvert said: “This wedding fair gives real cause for celebration, not only for the happy couples, but for all the businesses taking part.
“Every exhibitor has either just set up or is in the final stages of setting up a new business based in North Tyneside which we have helped to nurture through The Business Factory.”
One couple attending the wedding fair will be able to win their entire wedding day, made up of goods and services from businesses attending the event.
The wedding fair takes place at The Memorial Hall in Wallsend on Sunday, July 17 from 11am to 4pm.