ONE of the Wearside business community’s best-known faces has a high-profile new role.
Paul McEldon, chief executive of the North East Business and Innovation Centre (Bic), was appointed chairman of the National Enterprise Network (NEN) at its annual conference in Manchester on Wednesday.
The NEN is a national membership body for organisations committed to the support and development of businesses across the country.
As well as enterprise agencies, members include Chambers of Commerce, local authorities and universities working alongside individual members drawn from enterprise support organisations, who provide independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring to new and emerging businesses.
Last year, NEN members supported more than 69,000 pre-starts and 76,000 established businesses between them.
Paul believes his experience of running the Bic will prove invaluable in his new role.
The BIC’s 14-acre on the banks of the Wear at North Hylton site offers a range of flexible office and industrial space to let for new businesses, but there is more to the service than just accommodation.
The centre also provides practical support to help new businesses get through the difficult early years.
“The Bic is dedicated to building successful businesses in the North East region,” said Paul.
“And as part of this strategy we have been fortunate enough to work with a wide variety of like-minded organisations both locally and nationally.
“The NEN has a superb track record, helping to ensure businesses and individuals have access to information by effectively positioning its members as the focus for enterprise activity and support.
“It was a real honour to be invited to be national chairman of the National Enterprise Network, and I am really looking forward to taking up the role,” he added.