Two business owners in a Northumberland town are hosting their first business networking event next month – and it is already fully booked.

Peter Surridge and Alan Sawyers, owners of Prudhoe firms Ridgetek Web Solutions and AS Design respectively, are organising the event in partnership with local Councillor Gordon Stewart.

Peter and Gordon have collaborated, alongside community teams such as Prudhoe Community Partnership, on several local initiatives, including Visit Prudhoe.

Peter said: “The aim of Visit Prudhoe is to help promote local businesses and organisations, share local events and activities via the Visit Prudhoe website and social media, and encourage people to visit Prudhoe and to spend money in the town and surrounding areas such as Stocksfield, Mickley, Wylam, Ovingham & Ovington.

“We have tried to get local businesses networking together in the past but it’s often difficult to get commitment from busy business owners.

“However, I know first-hand, as a B2B business owner where you don’t have the luxury of passing trade, the importance of getting yourself out there and networking even if it isn’t your thing. The power of working collaboratively to increase footfall across Prudhoe is the best way to support the local community.

“That’s why we feel the time is right to try and create a business network for the area.”

The event, which will be held at The Spetchells Centre on Prudhoe Front Street on Monday, February 5, comes on the back of the launch of a successful business magazine in 2023.

Alan, whose business AS Design launched Prudhoe Business Magazine, added: “We created the magazine as a project to help get businesses talking and shouting about their successes.

“After the first issue came out last April we were approached by several businesses who wanted to be in the second, which came out in November.

“We met the owners of several amazing businesses that are like hidden gems of the North East and we really want to help them tell the rest of the region that they exist.”

The event will include updates from NEL Fund Managers and Advance Northumberland’s NSBS (Northumberland Small Business Service) programme.