Businesses ready for ‘lions lair’

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A HAIRDRESSERS, restaurant, sports agency and school are all preparing to enter the ‘Lions’ Lair’.

They are taking part in a special ‘Dragons’ Den’ style competition today (Thursday) with some of the region’s leading business finance experts.

The North Tyneside Business Forum has organised the event at TyneMet College’s Coast Road campus from 6pm to 9pm to show funding opportunities are available to help small and medium-sized enterprises.

All businesses attending the free event will learn what it takes to present the perfect pitch to impress potential financial backers.

Business owners making the pitch are:

n Louise Appleby, owner of Cullercoats-based Magenta Hairdressing who is looking to expand to include a therapy centre;

n Kami Kundi, owner of the Whitley Bay-based East African Indian restaurant Kisii, who is hoping to expand his retail sales;

n Oliver Randall and Johnathon Riches, joint owners of Sports Agency UK, a new Benton-based businesses looking to modernise and update the sports industry infrastructure;

n Christine Goodwin, managing director of Whitley Bay’s Northumbria School of English, who is considering moving to new premises in the town.

Karen Goldfinch, who is chairing the panel, said: “North Tyneside is home to some innovative businesses of all sizes, and we are looking forward to hearing about these companies with ambitious plans for growth.

“This is a great opportunity for anyone in North Tyneside who runs a business of any size to come along, make some good contacts.”