The Forum’s New Style of Networking is Hailed as a Great Success


Plans are already underway to hold a second social networking event for business leaders after a successful debut at The Owl.

Around 50 people gathered in the upstairs room of the quirky smart bar in Hartlepool’s Scarborough Street for the first event of its kind held by Hartlepool Business Forum.

Harrison Smith, a recent addition to the Forum’s steering group, organised the event having come up with the initial idea and was pleased with the response.

Harrison, a financial adviser based at Greenbank Business Centre, said: “The evening went exceptionally well. We had a great turnout and there was a diverse range of businesses in the room.

“We want the Forum to exist to help, support and grow Hartlepool businesses and providing a different opportunity for networking allows the local business community to support each other. That will then have a positive impact when it comes to achieving their respective goals.

“I am absolutely delighted with how the first one was received. The feedback so far has been fantastic and I am already looking forward to getting stuck into the next one.”

The social networking event was designed to provide something a little bit different to local business leaders who are often a little intimidated by typical networking groups and meetings.

Harrison, 28, welcomed the businesses in the room with a short speech before the guests mingled while enjoying a few drinks and eating some of the food served up by The Owl.

Chair of the Forum’s steering group Simon Corbett also got up to encourage people to support the Hartlepool Business Awards at Hardwick Hall Hotel, Sedgefield on Thursday, September 19.

“One of the reasons the steering group accepted Harrison’s application to join us was because he was a bit younger with fresh ideas – and that’s hugely important,” said Simon, the CEO of Orangebox Training Solutions.

“Attracting younger business leaders to networking events isn’t just about filling seats, it’s about cultivating the seeds of innovation and ensuring the sustained growth of our industries for years to come.

“The event at The Owl went really well and we are already looking at hosting the next one, building up towards the Hartlepool Business Awards later this year.”

Nominations for this year’s 12 award categories have officially gone live and those interested in nominating either themselves or a local business have until July 31 to do so on the website.

*Check out for more information about the Forum and this year’s Hartlepool Business Awards.

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