October 12, 2018 @ 10:13 by Chloe Holmes
A high-profile North East event which helps and inspires hundreds of people each year to start or grow their businesses has secured law firm Sintons as a new premium sponsor.
Newcastle Startup Week will return next year for a third time, with its two previous five-day festivals each attracting over 600 people from across the UK and as far afield as the US.
The 2019 event is predicted to be the biggest yet, with a host of inspirational speakers already secured and interest expressed from across the world.
The event – which will kick off on May 13 in the Boiler Shop, George and Robert Stephenson’s refurbished former workshop, in a nod to Newcastle’s history of leading the world with its innovation – will this year be supported by law firm Sintons, a leading advisor to startup businesses.
Specialist lawyers at Sintons have a wealth of experience in advising businesses on the full spectrum of legal issues they will experience in the journey from pre-startup to scaleup and beyond. The team, which collectively offers over 220 years of experience, has supported businesses throughout the North East and across the UK to achieve their ambitions.
The firm has been rated as one of the best in the North of England for many years, and its recent work in startup circles includes being named as a partner of the new Tuspark Eagle Lab co-working space in Newcastle – as part of a globally-esteemed network for startup tech businesses. Sintons lawyers Lucy Cook and Luke Philpott are actively engaged in the startup community with Lucy recently designing and delivering interactive workshops and legal clinics for emerging entrepreneurs at local universities and Luke Philpott regularly taking part in panel events since relocating from Manchester earlier this year.
Sintons’ sponsorship of Newcastle Startup Week, founded and run by ‘SuperConnector’ Paul Lancaster’s business Plan Digital, is the latest endorsement of the team’s capability in this field and will see them working alongside the Plan Digital team and other sponsors including Blu Sky Chartered Accountants to deliver highly engaging, informative and practical content.
Karen Simms, head of corporate and commercial at Sintons, said: “As a leading advisor to businesses at all stages of their journey, our team has the knowledge and experience to help startups identify and deal with important legal issues, in a strategic and cost effective way. Specialists in our teams regularly advise startups on structuring their business, negotiating key contracts, protecting their IP, preparing their terms of business, engaging with their employees, securing property, and preparing for their future both personally and professionally.
“We are truly delighted to become a premium sponsor of Newcastle Startup Week in recognition of our capabilities in this area. The event has done so much to help support and inspire businesses and entrepreneurs in our region, and has played a central role in putting the North East of England on the map internationally as an ideal place to start or grow your business. We look forward to working with Paul and his team in preparing for Newcastle Startup Week 2019, and we are already looking forward to meeting yet more outstanding entrepreneurs and learning about their plans.”
Paul Lancaster said: “I’m delighted to have Sintons onboard this year after being impressed by how proactive, supportive and knowledgeable the team are in supporting businesses at every stage in their journey. They really ‘get’ startups and scaleups and have already delivered some excellent talks at our monthly Founders’ Friday events and provided expert legal advice to us on how to deal with international sponsorships and partnerships.
“We’re very much looking forward to working with them over the next eight months and are excited about how we can both use Newcastle Startup Week to help even more people to start or grow their business here in the North East of England.”