I’m over the moon and thought I would share my good news with you. I have been the Social Media Specialist for North Tyneside Council working on The Business Factory project in North Shields for 3 years, having won the contract in 2013.
The tender was up for renewal in July 2016, ready for the new batch of funding, and I believe 14 Social Media companies applied. I was thrilled to find out 2 weeks ago that my tender was successful, but I had to wait 10 days before saying anything about it, due to the stand off period (I believe it’s called that).
The Business Factory offer FREE support and guidance to people wanting to start their own businesses. Helping them with everything from the initial idea concept all the way through to start-up and beyond. There are loads of free course available too. I deliver courses including; An Introduction to Social Media, Facebook for Business and Twitter for Business and I also run a problem shooting Social Media Surgery – 15 minute appointments to “fix” any problems people may be experiencing on their Social Media Accounts. The Business Factory have consultants at hand to help with Branding, Web content, Marketing, Sales training, Accounting and Bookkeeping and so much more.
Client’s are also referred through to me when they need extra help, a more structured approach, for 121 sessions. The programme has changed this time around and The Business Factory will be able to support existing North Tyneside businesses too – it’s a fantastic project and I love being a part of it.
I’ve provided Social Media support and coaching to a variety of businesses on this programme including, Web Designers, Heritage Centres, Coaches, Wedding and Event Planners, Solicitors, Organic Retail client’s, Sports Therapists, VA’s, a Film Producer, Construction Consultants, Beauty Therapists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Theatre Projects, Shop Owners, Artists, Cafe’s, Alternative Therapists , Copy Writers and even a Doctor of Seaweed! That’s what I love most about this project. The fact that it is so varied. Each client is so very different.
The only complaint I have ever heard over the past 3 years is “Why is this only available to North Tyneside Residents?”. The Business Factory is part of North Tyneside Council’s menu of Business Support. Wouldn’t it be amazing if other Council’s in our area followed by example. Gold star for North Tyneside Council!
Amanda Dixon is an Award Winning Social Media Consultant and has been working with North East businesses for over 7 years, She has trained over 2000 businesses in the use of Social Media for business, through 121 training sessions, hands-on workshops, bespoke in-house training and seminars. For 6 years Amanda ran a Social Media Management Agency and in 2016 changed direction and launched North East Social Media Ltd to concentrate on the education side of Social Media. Teaching North East Businesses how to use Social Media with the maximum effect North East Social Media Ltd believe that Social Media is far more effective when created and managed in-house, that way the posts are more current, images more creative, more fun and spontaneous.