An event is taking place to help those who have been made redundant or are facing redundancy.
The event – at The Business Centre in North Shields – is being organised by North Tyneside Council’s The Business Factory.
The afternoon will provide an opportunity to meet people who have used redundancy as a springboard to greater things.
To book a place, visit www.businessfactorynt.co.uk/biz/seminars-and-events/?ee=352
Michael Limon, of SeaDrift Design, and Les Thompson, of SoundDampedSteel.com, both created their business after being made redundant.
Michael, who produces a range of stylish bags from recycled materials, said: “Our business adviser was fantastic, and I would urge anyone to get involved with The Business Factory at the very beginning of your venture.”
Les, whose business SoundDampedSteel.com provides noise reduction steel products, said: “The Business Factory were a great help to talk things through, and provided a shoulder to cry on. They helped me to focus on the essentials and brought a different perspective.”
Helen Gardner, contract manager for Ixion Holdings, who deliver the Business Factory business start up service on behalf of North Tyneside Council, said: “We’ve helped 1,200 individuals in North Tyneside to start new businesses over the past three years, including many facing redundancy.
“Working for yourself can be a challenging but highly rewarding career choice when redundancy happens, and with the right support and guidance from our business advisers, you can do it.
“People can seek support and advice on retraining, managing money, buying a franchise and dealing with the stress of the situation, this is very much an opportunity to find out more about your options.
Working for yourself can be a challenging but highly rewarding career choice when redundancy happens, and with the right support and guidance from our business advisers, you can do it.Helen Gardner, contract manager for Ixion Holdings
“This event will be a starting point for anyone who would like to explore self-employment now or in the future.”