Network project launch at festival

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The Federation of Small Businesses has been developing tools to get businesses across the key northern cities talking to each other about issues affecting economic growth.

A year ago an initiative called FSB Nextworking was introduced in Hull with the aim of creating a Northern Gateway networking zone connecting businesses, exchanging ideas and assisting in improving connectivity of northern cities.

FSB Nextworking will now about to be launched in Sheffield as a major feature of MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival at the City Hall, Sheffield, on September 24-26.

The Sheffield launch of FSB Nextworking will be staged as part of the opening ceremony of the Festival and will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday September 24 in the Memorial Hall.

It will be hosted by author and international business coach Bob Spence and will include a live link to the Long Beach, California Chamber of Commerce.

The FSB initiative follows a recent meeting of leading business representatives to discuss how major northern cities could be more economically competitive if power in the UK was less centralised.

Gordon Millward, Regional Chairman of the FSB, said: “The FSB is determined to deploy the links it has across the northern regions to work with councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships to establish a Northern Gateway Business Hub.

“Together we are stronger and able to achieve much more through co-operation and co-ordination. We have high hopes that FSB Nextworking can be instrumental in uniting the northern business communities and radically improving connectivity of cities across the north.”