A unique event aimed at helping small North East businesses in the land, property and construction sectors overcome daily challenges, and develop and grow is coming to Newcastle next month.

The Small Business Clinic – hosted by the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) – aims to provide practical advice and support on a range of business challenges, from day-to-day operational matters to succession planning, whilst highlighting how to enhance your business through clever use of social media and marketing.

RICS first launched its pilot scheme of Small Business Clinics across the south last year, which proved hugely popular, resulting in the organisation launching the clinics across the North & Midlands throughout October and November this year.

The Newcastle based Small Business Clinic will expand upon the tools and guidance available on the RICS Small Business Hub. The site offers advice covering all areas of business, from how to become a better strategic thinker, how to brand your business, to the latest on employment legislation, health and safety law and environmental legislation.

Lynn Robinson, Interim RICS Regional Director, North & Midlands said: “70% of our member firms in the land, property and construction sectors are SMEs (Small to Medium sized Enterprizes) and they face many obstacles in the current market. This insightful session will help those in the industry gain the right support they need to run their practice efficiently in today’s challenging market, whilst enabling them to meet with other SMEs in the region and build greater connections.”

Chair of the RICS North East Regional Board, David Furniss, Senior Director and Head of the BNP Paribas Newcastle office commented: “Working in the property industry often means we are out on site visits, and in meetings which can involve travelling. So we don’t often get the opportunity to look into, or seek advice, on how to overcome the challenges we face day to day running our businesses, or indeed how to grow them. With this in mind, I hope those in the industry operating small firms will take this opportunity to gain useful support and important business advice.”

The RICS Small Business Clinic in Newcastle counts as over 3 hours CPD for RICS members and will be held on 02 November at the RICS Newcastle office, Citygate House, Bath Lane from 2pm-6pm. The cost is £20.80 per person to attend. For more information or to reserve a place, please contact Angela Jepson or Julie Finlaw at RICS t : (0)191 221 1515  e:ajepson@rics.org jfinlaw@rics.org

For more business advice from RICS visit the RICS Small Business Hub www.rics.org/sme