OVER 250 events are taking place in the region to mark the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week starting today.
Involving 87 countries, it aims to encourage people to unleash their enterprising talents and turn their ideas into reality.
The UK leads the way with over 4,000 events and in the North East thousands of people will take part in events and activities to develop their entrepreneurial ideas.
Local Global Entrepreneurship Week ambassadors in the region all have North East-based businesses that successfully trade across the globe.
These include Northumberland- based Sneakart, an online company that allows people to customise their own trainers with patterned sneaker skins – it has just taken orders from the US and the Gulf State.
And Claire Bromley from Barnard Castle whose knitwear-clothing label, Claire International Ltd has swept into Vogue House and is currently being exhibited at fashion shows across the world.
Elliott Brook from Newcastle-based Deadgood also joined the lineup. His furniture is stocked in a handful of department stores in the UK, Europe and Asia.
Claire Mitchell from astonmitchell. com also went along. It is an online male make-up company run from Bowes in Teesdale, one of only a handful of outlets to stock products by Michelle Probst, the personal make-up artist to President Barack Obama.
Sneakart director Zoe Gilbertson said: “I’m pleased to be a regional ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship Week, it’s a great initiative to ensure that the ideas and aspirations of all young entrepreneurs in the North East are built into successful enterprises.
“The North East really is a great place to set up a business, there is so much advice and support out there to turn your business ideas into a global success – like mine.”
Enterprise UK head of North East region Louise Kempton said: “This year’s theme will focus on highlighting the role of enterprise in driving economic recovery, by encouraging millions of people to unleash their enterprising talents and turn their ideas into reality.”