Ruth Mitchell

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Ward Hadaway helps young entrepreneurs shine

The next generation of North East creative entrepreneurs is being given help to shine thanks to a local law firm.

Ward Hadaway is providing legal advice to members of Durham University’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning Creative GLEAM Programme as they look to set up in business.

The GLEAM (Graduated Learning of Entrepreneurship through Accelerated Mentoring) programme is a business start-up programme established in 1998.

It teaches the practice of business to budding entrepreneurs via workshops and one to one mentoring and aims to help those with business flair to build the networks and knowledge they need to survive and thrive.

Previous GLEAM graduates include co-founder and well-known North East entrepreneur Steven Bell.

Ward Hadaway is providing the legal support to GLEAM participants, offering advice on issues including how to structure and incorporate a company, intellectual property rights and legal obligations.

Colin Hewitt, partner and head of commercial law at Ward Hadaway, said: “The GLEAM programme is a proven success in helping to develop entrepreneurial talent, which is the lifeblood of business in the North East, so we at Ward Hadaway are more than happy to play our part in it.

“Understanding the legal side of business is vital for any entrepreneur so getting the right advice is crucial.

“The students on the programme already have a very good grasp of what it takes to succeed in business and hopefully with our assistance they will be able to improve their skills and knowledge still further.”

GLEAM programme director, Wendy Parvin, said: “Having the backing of a well-established and highly regarded firm like Ward Hadaway has been of great benefit to the GLEAM programme and those who take part in it.

“We really value the firm’s expertise and support and look forward to working with the Ward Hadaway team over the coming years.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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