TV SECRET Millionaires John Elliot and Carl Hopkins will be in North Shields this week to offer advice to local people keen to start their own businesses.
They will be dropping in for three hours on Thursday on board the DFDS Seaways Princess Seaways ferry docked at North Shields ferry terminal.
The stars of the Channel 4 TV show will be speaking at the North Tyneside Business Factory’s Sail into Business event on board the ship.
People attending will also be able to able to attend free individual sessions with advisers on how to start their own business, offering advice on skills, qualifications and funding.
The Business Factory’s Ideas Bank, which contains more than 700 start-up ideas from franchising to working from home, will also be available to people who have the drive to become their own boss but are not sure what sort of business they want to start.
Helen Gardner, contract manager at the Business Factory, said: “There isn’t a typical entrepreneur, they come from all walks of life but if you’ve got the ambition and motivation, we can provide expert guidance and specialist support to get you started.
“This support is freely available to anyone and background and personal circumstances make no difference; we have helped directors, professional managers, tradespeople, single mums, long-term unemployed and people with disabilities set up on their own.”
People who receive help from the Business Factory are eligible for free support for their first 12 months in business as well as membership of North Tyneside’s Business Forum.
More than 370 people have started up in businesses after being helped by the organisation. Some of those entrepreneurs will be speaking to North Tyneside’s elected mayor Linda Arkley at the event.
She said: “Just like the Secret Millionaires, North Tyneside Council is trying to change lives; we hope this event can put local residents on the road to running their own businesses. It’s not every day that you get to hear from people like John and Carl who’ve built their own businesses from scratch, and we’re thrilled they’ve agreed to give up their time to help us.
“We’ve already created hundreds of new businesses and while we’re not expecting to create millionaires overnight, this is about giving people the tools to set up on their own.”
John Crummie, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support the Business Factory by hosting this event and providing a free mini-cruise as an incentive for people to come and find out what’s on offer.”
To register for the event, contact the Business Factory on 0191 605 3110, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.businessfactorynt.co.uk