30,000 satisfied customers

ABUSINESS support organisation has been helping companies to flourish for 25 years.

ABUSINESS support organisation has been helping companies to flourish for 25 years.

Entrust – the region’s leading business support organisation – is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

This makes it one of the oldest enterprise agencies in the UK.

During the past 25 years, Entrust has assisted 30,000 individuals, helped 3,000 companies start trading and last year helped North-East businesses raise more than £3m of investment.

The organisation believes its history and track record of supporting the region’s entrepreneurs and their businesses is reflected in the contribution it has made to the North-East economy.

However, it says it prefers to look to the future rather than the past by continuing to build on its success.

Entrust chair David Bowles, who has an enviable track record as a business leader and champion of North-East business, said: “While Entrust has a great history, it now must look forward and tackle new challenges.

“The business support sector is very different to the one that was in place 25 years ago and we must adapt to these changes effectively and efficiently.

“A key aspect of my role, and that of the board of directors, is to provide strategic management and to ensure that the business is in shape to take advantage of the new and evolving opportunities that exist.”

To mark its anniversary, on Thursday, September 13, Entrust will host its inaugural autumn conference at The Sage Gateshead together with 300 stakeholders in the public and private sector. The event will address the changing role of enterprise agencies in the region and throughout the UK and discuss what it means to be enterprising in the North-East today, while setting out the direction of Entrust for the next 25 years.

Vincent Cable, the Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman, is keynote speaker at the event.

He will provide a national viewpoint on the changing role of enterprise and business support organisations.

Such agencies were created by Government to tackle mass unemployment in the UK, which is now at its lowest in 25 years.

Cable will pose the question: What is the role of enterprise agencies and the growing enterprise agenda in the UK today?

CEO Dan Brophy hints at the core values Entrust will represent and is extremely positive about the future: “We are here to help individuals to take care of their business. That’s what our strapline says, and that’s what we do.

“There is always a danger of ‘initiative over-kill’, which causes confusion over who does what for who within the enterprise arena.

“But there is also a growing recognition that well-meaning projects, particularly those that are short-lived, often don’t help.”

He said: “My driving ambition has always been to be like my best customers, the small businesses that prosper from building great relationships with their customers and never stand still.”

To find out more about Entrust, its services or the autumn conference, contact Jo Lennon, tel: (0191) 244-4001 or email j.lennon@entrust.co.uk

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