#NECOASTHOUR Weekly networking for businesses on the Northumbrian Coast


You may have heard of #twitterhours, or you may not! To be honest Twitter is fairly new to me; it has taken me a while to get comfortable with it. Maybe because I like images and stories I am more of a Facebook fan.

What I’m not so keen on with Facebook is getting to know just too much about people’s rants, ramblings and the often queasy depths of the details of lives that are put in haste into the public domain. Twitter is more succinct I feel. It is easier to get a message across in a few more thought out words. I like it when businesses use it to let you know what they offer, in 140 more interesting characters.

I am also a Localite, if such a word exists (if not I will stick a # in front of it and claim it) and like to know what is going on around me, so the idea of Twitter Hours appeals to me. There are already highly successful Regional Hours out there, I’m a big fan of #northeasthour, and if you’ve not tried it I thoroughly recommend popping in.

The Northumbrian Coast is a unique place full of fabulous communities and entrepreneurial spirits who live and work there and towns like Amble are bursting with new eateries and fabulous little niche businesses and I want to know about them so we can connect our guests to those places to eat, shop and enjoy. I’ve wished for some time that someone would start a Twitter Hour for our coastal areas where guests can research a hashtag before they arrive and see what is going on, and where residents and businesses can connect and get to know each other. Nobody did, so I have.

I don’t know whether it will work or not, but on Tuesdays from 8-9pm we will have a chance to find out. So if you have an interest or a business offer in our coastal areas (and by coastal I include the surrounding towns) or if you are a guest or resident interested in what’s happening, just Tweet a Tweet using the #necoasthour hashtag, or just type that hashtag into search between 8-9pm on Tuesdays and see what’s happening. See you there.

You can follow #necoasthour on Twitter and Facebook as @necoasthour.

Blog by Alison, of Alison and Phil at The Bells of Hemscott.