Local businesses are invited to attend a ‘Freedom Day’ networking event to celebrate the end of social restrictions at the end of the summer.
Aycliffe Business Park Community (ABPC) is organising the get-together on October 1 in what will be one of the first in-person networking events in the region since the Covid outbreak.
ABPC has been organising networking events and seminars for nearly 10 years on Aycliffe Business Park – the largest business park in the North-East, which is home to around 400 companies.
As with all events, their networking sessions have been delivered online and have been well attended.
The Zoom events have included interview-style features with business leaders from around the park, as well as shared news and information, signposted help and support, and have enabled delegates to network.
ABPC is now organising an event at the Xcel Centre on October 1 (from 11.30am) which will include a social element to it, with food and drinks on offer from local suppliers.
Kerina Clark, chair of ABPC, said: “It has been nearly 18 months since we were last able to hold one of our regular news and networking meetings ‘in person’.
“We’ve been working hard to maintain connection with our residents; hosting virtual events over the last year and we’d like to thank everyone who has joined us to help make these a success.
“Of course, virtual isn’t the same as meeting in person and we’re keen to move forward and once again meet together.
“So we’re naturally very excited at the prospect of hosting our first ‘in person’ event for 18 months!”
“It will be fantastic to see lots of faces – whether you’re a regular to our events or have never been before – to celebrate the end of lockdown for businesses.”
At the October 1 event, local hospitality providers will be on hand to provide refreshments, with lunch part-subsidised by ABPC.