Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 09.13.28Students from Sunderland College are being offered a unique opportunity to meet the region’s top business people at an annual networking event.

Leading North East networking organisation, The Mussel Club, is holding its Show Your Mussel business event at Durham County Cricket Club on June 4.

And this year it has joined forces with the college, with business students involved in the planning of the event where more than 500 visitors are expected.

The students will be on hand throughout the day to help at Show Your Mussel, where they will also get a chance to meet a range of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

This is the fourth Show Your Mussel event which aims to give delegates the chance to forge new relationships and to hear from some of the region’s top businesspeople during a number of seminars.

Julie Coverley, Sunderland College’s head of department for computing and business, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our business students to meet with top industry leaders and gain valuable experience within a networking setting. The students are looking forward to developing their skills and knowledge, as well as meeting some key contacts in the industry.

“We believe it is essential for our students to take part in events like Show Your Mussel which gives them a greater understanding of the business world and helps prepare them for their future career.

“We are very grateful to the Mussel Club for inviting the college to be part of this successful event.”

This year’s seminars will be delivered by spokespeople from leading businesses including Sage, UKTI, Emirates and Arjuna Technologies, along with prominent business consultant Norma Foster.

“Show Your Mussel is a great way for North East business people to build their network of contacts and to get some great tips,” said Jeni Banks, managing director of The Mussel Club.

“This year there will be over 500 delegates from companies of all shapes and sizes and with some of Sunderland College’s students helping us to host the event, we can include the next generation too.

“Year on year Show Your Mussel proves to be a huge success and this year’s event is set to follow suit.”

The event will also include a business breakfast during which a panel of business experts, including the CEO of Story Homes, Steve Errington, the CEO of Quorn Foods, Kevin Brennan, The Bishop of Durham The Rt Reverend Paul Butler, the managing director of NRG, Theresa Liddle and the CEO of Utilitywise, Geoff Thompson, will discuss the benefits of ‘working smarter, not harder’.

The breakfast discussion, which will run from 8.30am until 10am, will be led by the managing director of Business Durham, Simon Goon.

For more information or to book a place at Show Your Mussel visit www.themusselclub.com/showyourmussel.