BUSINESSES interested in the low-carbon economy can find out more at a major event for small firms this week.
ClimateNE and Daisy Green Media & Events are following up the region’s first ever Big Eco Show, which they jointly hosted in Sunderland in September, with a Eco@Expo at Newcastle Racecourse this week.
It is part of the North East Expo event on Wednesday.
Jennifer Atkinson, from ClimateNE, said: “The green economy offers enormous potential to North East England and there is no doubt that moving to a low-carbon and resilient economy offers significant commercial opportunities.
“Holding these eco exhibitions brings together and celebrates our ambitious, diverse and thriving business community who are contributing to this important agenda, while sharing knowledge and experience, and providing advice, information and inspiration for others.”
The free-to-attend Expo is run by Marc Gordon of Network North and Andrew Charlton, who runs Exposure Events. In addition to business trade stands, speakers, workshops and the Eco event, the show will also feature a food section for the first time, put together by regional food group Taste North East.
In all, the whole day – business, food and environment – will pull together 260 trade stands plus expert business and motivational speakers.
On the agenda this year are ITV’s Biggest Loser Kevin McLernon, from Sunderland, former world champion boxer Glenn McCrory, from County Durham, internet expert Darren Williams, and Ahmed Khan, who runs five McDonalds franchises in the North East.
Mr Charlton is now planning to take the Expo model on the road to venues including Brighton, Bristol, Glasgow and Bolton.
He said: “We’ve found a model that works and I’m confident all sorts of Expos will soon be running nationwide.
“Already we have 1,800 people booked to attend and there is still space for more.”