Property developer and former Newcastle United chairman Sir John Hall has advised that “actions speak louder than words” after becoming an ambassador for Business Northumberland.
The free local initiative, created to offer business advice and training for the residents of Northumberland, said Sir John’s connection will drive the campaign forward, and hopefully boost many prospective firms.
The son of a miner, 81-year-old Sir John was brought up in North Seaton, Ashington and followed in his father’s footsteps to start his working life in the mining industry as a surveyor before going into business on his own. In the 1980s, his firm Cameron Hall developments masterminded the construction of the Metrocentre.
Sir John said: “Talking and thinking about being your own boss just isn’t enough. You have to do something about it, actions speak louder than words. The Business Northumberland initiative is a great idea and hopefully we will see many more successful businesses opening across the county.”
Sir John is currently the chairman of Ashington Town Team, an initiative aiming to bring together businesses, community organisations and other partners to re-establish the town centre as an attractive shopping and leisure destination. As well as Sir John, the Business Northumberland campaign has also been backed by gold medalist Stephen Miller and many other successful business people from the county including Kate Dawson and Eldon Robson of Fentimans.
Business Northumberland, project manager Paul Whitecross, added: “We are thrilled to be working alongside someone like Sir John Hall, it will really help drive the campaign forward and encourage others to join up. Hopefully, we will give more prospective businesses the chance to setup their own business and in turn help boost the local economy.”
Since launching in April last year, the scheme has successfully helped over 874 businesses receive business support in the form of information packs, free events and business mentors. Working with high profile names such as Sir John Hall and local business services such as NBSL and Pinetree Trust, the campaign is going from strength to strength.
In addition to running workshops, Business Northumberland is also able to provide business support and advice through its knowledgeable business support team. Further information on the support available can be found at www.businessnorthumberland.co.uk