Entrepreneurs from Wallsend attend Survive and Thrive seminar organised by Barclays Business

With the country increasingly reliant on the private sector to create growth in the economy, the new Barclays Business event in Wallsend could not come at a better time.

The Let’s Talk Survive and Thrive business seminar took place on the Barclays Take One Small Step unit, which is touring the country, providing a venue for community and business events and acting as an interactive training hub for Barclays employees.

The seminar, which focused on the tools and techniques vital to business success, was attended by local businesses who heard first hand from Managing Director of The Directors Centre and business guru Robert Craven and local MP Mary Glindon.

Mary Glindon MP shared her thoughts with the audience on the local economic environment, and said: "I was delighted to support this excellent business forum helping local businesses build on their entrepreneurial flair and business drive helping our local economy create new jobs and opportunities."

Amanda Shepherd, Regional Business Director, Barclays Business, North East, added: “Local businesses are the backbone of Britain’s economy and it’s important to support the ongoing efforts of local businesses in such challenging market conditions. Businesses in the North East have shown their resilience through the recent down turn and this event will provide the tools to help them plan the next stage of their development as the country pulls out of recession.”

Following the business seminar, 30 young people from St Bernadette’s RC Primary School, Wallsend, took part in a Barclays Money Skills session on understanding and managing their finance as part of Barclays drive to help one million people build their financial skills by 2012.

Mary Glindon MP concluded: “It’s great to see Barclays working to change young people’s financial futures. It has never been more important for young people to have the knowledge they need to make confident and informed choices about their finances.”