Ward Hadaway helps young entrepreneurs shine | 02 March 09

LAW firm Ward Hadaway is helping the next generation of North-East creative entrepreneurs to shine through.

The firm 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 an internationally acclaimed business start-up programme established in 1998.

It teaches the practice of business to budding entrepreneurs via practical 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 studentmobiles.com co-founder and well-known North-East entrepreneur Steven Bell.

As part of the programme, GLEAM participants get a package of support including legal and accountancy advice, a mentor and bespoke online support.

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

Members of the firm’s commercial law team are delivering workshops on intellectual property issues and business structures and contracting.

Later this year, they will also deliver one to one legal advice to GLEAM participants on a range of commercial issues depending on their needs.

This could include advice on setting up companies, drafting agreements and other business-related issues.

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.”

Ward Hadaway has been involved with the GLEAM programme since it was first set up in 1998, meaning the firm has offered help and support to more than 200 of the brightest entrepreneurs for over a decade.

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.

“Ward Hadaway has been a genuine long-term partner in the programme since it was first established and has been making valuable contributions for more than 10 years.

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

The Creative GLEAM programme is funded by regional development agency One NorthEast, Newcastle City Council and The Ouseburn Trust.

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