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The South Tyneside Business Forum was launched in October 2007 in spectacular style at a launch event held at Souter Lighthouse for 320 guests. The Business Forum was then managed by the North East Chamber of Commerce and supported by South Tyneside Means Business, the enterprise partnership led by South Tyneside Council.

Since 2007 the Business Forum has gone from strength to strength and is now a Company limited by guarantee, with a board, steering group, working groups and sub-groups made up completely by business people running local businesses. The NECC is no longer the delivery partner; all Business Forum operational activity is delivered on contract by specialist business engagement supplier, Cahootz Ltd.


The Business Forum employs a management company to undertake its administration. Cahootz Ltd is the Business Forum’s managing partner.

Everything the Business Forum does is led by the local business community – anyone can volunteer at any time to join one of our groups and help contribute to the Business Forum whilst building an enviable local business network and promoting your business.


The Business Forum has a steering group that is responsible for ensuring the effective running of activities. This is split into sub groups of Communications, Partnerships and Events, each with their own Chairperson. Also represented on the Steering Group are the Business Forum’s Sector and Specialist Groups – The Construction Group, Hospitality, Retail & Tourism Group and the South Tyneside Business Network. Our close associate, The South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum also has a seat on the Steering Group, as well as other business representatives.

Chairman: Carl Buckley of Urban River in South Shields

Vice Chair: Angela Anderson of Zenith People in Hebburn

Management: Michael Arnot, Director of Cahootz Ltd in Boldon

Partnerships Group Chair: Andy Cordiner of Wearset Ltd in Boldon

Communications Group Chair: Des Young of Siemens in Monkton

Events Group Chair: Chris Edmondson of Base 2 in Boldon

Construction Group Chair: Andy McLeod, MD of Robertson

South Tyneside Business Network Chair: Peter Brumby of Charlton & Co, South Shields


The Business Forum could not exist without the dedication and assistance of local supporters, sponsors and Business Partners.


The Business Forum is fortunate to have support from local businesses who regularly commit their services free of charge or at heavily discounted rates in order to support the Business Forum’s work. Special thanks go to our Supporters:

Tasty Bites, South Shields - Catering
KWA Communications, Boldon – PR & Copywriting
JAG Productions, South Shields – Media & Film
Urban River, South Shields – Design
Gavin Black & Partners – Meeting Space


The Business Forum has many current and past sponsors, including:

TEDCO, HSBC, South Tyneside College, Port of Tyne, South Tyneside Council, LEEDS Building Society, Ford Group, Urban River, JAG Productions, RDA, Siemens, Aspire Technology Solutions, TESCO Spenhill, NHS, Gladman, City & Northern, Priority Sites, Carillion, Le Poseur.

Business Partners

Our most prestigious supporters make up the Business Forum’s Business Partners. These organisations are provided with the highest level of Business Forum Membership, with a specialist package of services from us, and lead the Business Forum’s exclusive Captains of Industry.