Leader of Newcastle City Council
Newcastle City Council congratulates ABC on three years of supporting the growth of new and existing businesses. Throughout that time, ABC have provided a forum where businesses can come together to grow, develop their networks and foster a genuine spirit of cooperative support and collaboration. The business opportunities being created and the promotion of a multi-cultural society play a vital role in our shared ambition to create a fairer economy and society. Organisations like ABC that bring businesses together and explore new and innovative ways of delivering business support to its members, as well as promoting and supporting the growth of enterprise are to be commended. The City Council’s relationship with its business community is a key priority and by working in partnership we can all better face the challenges ahead as we all strive to create the best conditions for new jobs and investment. We look forward to continuing to work with ABC as it to builds upon its successes to date.
Cllr Nick Forbes
Excelsior Academy is based in Scotswood in West Newcastle is for local children aged 11 to 18. It is free and non-selective. The overall specialism of the academy is Business and Enterprise. We believe that the model we have developed for Excelsior Academy delivers both the required educational and social benefits for the students. All staff are responsible for ensuring that all students not only achieve their potential academically but develop an entrepreneurial ‘can do’ attitude which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives. We believe to deliver this agenda we need partners from Business and the wider community.
We would like our partnership with abc to help us with:
• Educational visits for pupils and students to businesses.
• Work placements for one week for pupils.
• Work placements for one or two days every week on an ongoing basis linked to training.
• Support with enterprise projects linked to one of your businesses’ activities.
• Inspirational speakers to talk to pupils about your business experience.”
John P Lee - Chief Executive Your Homes
ABC is important to Newcastle because it succeeds in its aim to connect, support and promote. Via ABC, YHN is ‘connected’ to different groups across the City. It puts us in touch with different organisations, public, private and voluntary, who are trying to achieve similar aims. This connection is different to other networking activity. Meetings are structured but offer opportunities to meet people informally away from the office environment, allowing the sharing of best practice. The aims to promote a multi-cultural atmosphere and foster harmonious community relations echo YHN’s work on community cohesion. Promoting inclusivity, fairness, and developing further opportunities for inter-community dialogue remains a priority for YHN and we fully support the work ABC does to promote this.
Boomerang Consultancy is a young, dynamic, energetic company that has a multi-skilled team of Consultants who operate at all levels within the Public and Private Sectors. We specialise in providing new and established companies, large and small, from the UK and mainland European countries with guidance, advice and support all aspects of Bid Management, Bid Writing, PQQ, ITT and Tender Writing and Support; Training Workshops- teaching our clients how to win and keep new business; and Procurement Services. It has been a pleasure to be a strategic partner to and member of Asian Business Connexions for the last three years; in that time we have helped secure new contracts/frameworks valued in excess of £10m and we are currently working on winning a new framework contract for one member that is valued at £20m per year for 4years. We look forward to further supporting, promoting and connecting ABC and its members in the years to come.
Newcastle City Council
Stephen Savage the Director of Regulatory Services and Public Protection for Newcastle City Council, I have worked with Asian Business Connexions on a variety of projects providing advice and support to small businesses, helping them to understand and implement legislation particularly in the areas of alcohol licencing. The work has been extremely productive and during the next 12 months we hope to work very closely to develop partnering opportunities around the 2012 Olympiad in order to develop business and understanding to drive business and the City forward”
Director of Regulatory Services and Public Protection
ABC over the last few years has established and cemented its position in the North East as THE organisation central to bringing together business. Even though the name suggests Asian business as the only stakeholders, it is a fact that ABC engages and interacts with all businesses at every level and from every background. And its not just the private sector. ABC’s ability to bring in expertise and leverage from the public sector and the third sector is all part of the strength of this amazing organisation. When Spice FM was looking for a partner organisation in the business sector to help engage and benefit local business using the platform of radio it was ABC that presented an outlook that was in sync with that of Spice FM’s ethics and values. An organisation such as ABC who promotes, connects, celebrates and
supports business from all backgrounds, and especially in these tough economic climates is essential as a business hub within the community.
Astute Solutions KO Ltd (ASK)
Astute Solutions KO Ltd (ASK) are proud and honoured to have been closely associated with ABC since its inception in 2009. ABC has been to the forefront of the regional business community, developing support for new business and providing a platform to encourage not only Asian but the wider business community. Asian Entrepreneurism makes a hugely significant contribution to the UK economy and the role played by ABC in supporting this contribution in the North East ensures inclusivity and opportunity for growth across all sectors. The outlook of Promoting, Connecting and Supporting is consistent with the ABC approach to their role within the wider regional business community and also their role in establishing strong links with local, regional and national Governments. Astute Solutions KO Ltd (ASK) have over the past three years witnessed the commitment shown by ABC
to its members. The innovative ABC educational programmes, such as the Alcohol Licensing Training and Business Development have proved to be huge success with smaller business enterprises and evidence of the impact ABC can have on supporting the Asian Business Community. ASK look forward to their continued partnership with ABC as they continue their quest to provide a strong basis for Asian Business in the North East and across the wider business community.