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ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM Together we can take on the world.


What is Corporate Partnership? CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP IS A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF THE ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM’S STRATEGY. IT IS A SECTOR EXCLUSIVE RELATIONSHIP WHICH BRINGS TOGETHER BUSINESS LEADERS FROM SOME OF THE REGION’S MOST HIGH PROFILE COMPANIES WITH SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS. Who are Corporate Partners? They are some of the North East’s most influential businesses and organisations that care about the North East and the people that live here; not least their own employees.

Together with the Forum, they host joint events to communicate the goods and services they provide to the North East entrepreneurial community.

They share the Forum’s ambition to make the North East stronger and they know the Forum is making a positive contribution to its economic development by bringing together entrepreneurs and business leaders.

They offer business critical research, along with their latest news and views to entrepreneurial leaders and actively take part in the mentoring of our members to the benefit of both parties.

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum works with each partner to ensure we take every opportunity possible to maximise and build a mutually beneficial relationship. Proud to be partnered by

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Together we’re stronger

BUILD YOUR ORGANISATION’S LEADERSHIP CAPABILITY

SECTOR EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY

WIN NEW BUSINESS EXPAND YOUR NETWORK WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE

GROW COMPANY RECOGNITION AND RAISE PROFILE

CONTRIBUTE TO REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY

OPEN MORE LINES OF COMMUNICATION

HELP TO MAKE THE NORTH EAST STRONGER

ENHANCE INNOVATION THROUGH CORPORATE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

INCREASE CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

None of us got to where we are today by ourselves. We all need mentors, friends and advisors to achieve success and we all continue to learn as we continue to grow. Sir Peter Vardy, founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.

ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM Together we can take on the world.


About the Entrepreneurs’ Forum FORMED IN 2002, THE ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM IS A UNIQUE CROSS-SECTOR MEMBERSHIP ORGANISATION ESTABLISHED BY NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURS FOR NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURS. Mission: To provide a dynamic entrepreneurial environment that helps entrepreneurs

and business leaders to be inspired, to create connections and to share knowledge that leads to business growth and success.

By gathering the knowledge and experience that exists in the region, we help to channel it to generate future success and growth. The growth of the Forum, which has seen hundreds of entrepreneurs join forces, proves the concept “by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs” works superbly well. Membership is open primarily to ambitious entrepreneurs and business leaders who are already trading and working full-time to grow their businesses.

and create the connections to help them grow their organisations and create wealth and jobs. By bringing together business people of the North East we want to help make the North East stronger; because if we don’t help ourselves, no one else will.

We have a proven track record gained over the course of a decade in providing a dynamic and stimulating environment where entrepreneurs can share valuable business knowledge, be inspired

Vision: To make the North East the number one region in the UK for entrepreneurship and as a result empower the region’s entrepreneurs, both existing and future, to generate businesses, jobs and wealth to the benefit of the North East economy.


Our Strategy THE TEAM

HOW DO YOU GET INVOLVED?

Entrepreneurial Members

Ambassadors

Chairman & board of entrepreneurs

Exchange Members

Forum team

Business Support Partners

Corporate Partners

Our organisation is unique. We believe that the mix of entrepreneurship, corporate business leaders and experts collaborating and sharing knowledge will lead to growth and wealth generation for the region.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Events

The Forum aims to deliver world-class events that provide a dynamic environment to be inspired, make connections and share knowledge. Events include: Annual spring and autumn conferences North East Entrepreneurial Awards Focus and supper club dinners (entrepreneurial members only) Chairman’s dinner Member & on-site events Exchange events

Mentoring

Members regularly come together through our mentoring programme - a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and business leaders to speak with those who have been through it before and are keen to pass on their experience: Informal & confidential support Intelligent matching of needs with skills & experience One-to-one meetings Mentoring drop-in sessions Mentors give their time altruistically to help their fellow Forum members.

Round table discussions Social events

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Voice

The Forum is the legitimate voice of growth orientated owner-managed businesses in the North East. Our role is to influence government and other regional stakeholders about the importance of entrepreneurship. We champion the entrepreneurial community and our corporate partners, seeking recognition for the north east. Our annual Business Tracker Survey and regular member polls provides us with the information we need to deliver a powerful message and demonstrate exactly what is happening in our entrepreneurial community.


The North East’s Challenge THE NORTH EAST CURRENTLY HAS THE LOWEST NUMBER OF PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESSES PER 10K ADULTS AND THE HIGHEST RATE OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE UK. The opportunity: To build and help businesses grow across the region. Growing businesses will help create the new and better jobs we need, bringing employment levels in line with the UK average. Through entrepreneurship, apprenticeships and by attracting people to the region to show them the opportunities, we can make the North East a better place to live and work for everyone… we’re stronger together.

Working with those who have the knowledge and experience of building and growing successful enterprises will help us create the ethos, values and culture that will inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs. Judith Doyle, Gateshead College principal

ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM Together we can take on the world.


NUMBER OF BUSINESSES IN THE UK PRIVATE SECTOR PER 10,000 ADULTS, BY UK REGION & COUNTRY.

UK AVERAGE = 1,028 NORTH EAST AVERAGE = 629

767 ( 5%)

SCOTLAND PRIVATE BUSINESSES PER 10,000 ADULTS No. Employees

North East

UK average

0 449 ( 14%) 778 ( 2%) 1-49 174 ( 2%) 243 ( 2%)

629

803

50-249 5 (0%) 6 (0%)

NORTH EAST

250+ 1 (0%) 1 (0%)

( 10%)

( 2%)

879 NORTHERN IRELAND

NORTH WEST

( 8%)

919

YORKSHIRE & THE HUMBER

( 5%)

EAST MIDLANDS

941 ( 7%)

869

WEST MIDLANDS

1,083

( 4%)

839

( 5%)

EAST OF ENGLAND

( 1%)

WALES

1,222

1,189

( 4%)

( 3%)

LONDON

1,434 ( 3%)

SOUTH EAST SOUTH WEST

ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM Together we can take on the world.

Figures in () show percentage change in 2015 vs 2014. Statistics courtesy of Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. Correct as at the start of 2015.


Together we can take on the world THE ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM REPRESENTS ALL SECTORS ACROSS THE NORTH EAST. We are a unique organisation. The only one of our kind providing inspiration and a helping hand to entrepreneurs and owner-managers in the region.

Today we have over 300 individual entrepreneur members creating wealth and jobs, employing over 23,000 people and with a combined annual turnover of more than £2.3bn.

A1 North to Edinburgh

…and why are small (<50 employees) and medium (<250 employees) sized businesses so important, because 66% of all employment in the UK is supported by SMEs.

BERWICK UPON TWEED

ALNWICK

If the Entrepreneurs’ Forum could be replicated across the country we would have a stunning economy. What a dynamic group.

A66

MORPETH

NORTHUMBERLAND

BLYTH

Sir Justin Urquart Stewart, Seven Investment Management NORTH SHIELDS

HEXHAM

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

TYNE & WEAR SUNDERLAND

DURHAM HARTLEPOOL

TEES VALLEY STOCKTON ON TEES

MIDDLESBOROUGH

NEWTON AYCLIFFE DARLINGTON

A66 A1 South to London

REDCAR AND CLEVELAND

A19


Meet the Board

Nigel Mills, chairman

Brian Jobling

The Lakes Distillery

Eutechnyx Group

“There is only one constant in business and that is change. We cannot be expected to know all the answers all of the time, however within our own businesses our teams often believe and expect us to do just that. The Entrepreneurs’ Forum exists to help fellow entrepreneurs grow their businesses by learning from each other. The Forum has proved invaluable to me over the years to help me successfully build and grow my various business interests.”

Now Executive Chairman of Eutechnyx, one of the world’s leading independent video game developers. A hobbyist programmer in his teens, Brian founded the company as Zeppelin Games Limited in Gateshead in 1987 and now has studios in mainland China, Hong Kong and Charlotte, USA.

Yvonne Bell

Paul Walker

Bell Truck & Van

Formerly of Sage Plc

“I accepted the invitation to join the board of the Forum as I reckon it’s payback time for all the support and encouragement its members have given me over the past few years – some of which haven’t been easy. It is good to know we are not alone.”

“The Entrepreneurs’ Forum is an integral part of the North East business community but is in no way typical of a business support organisation. It’s so important for the future of our region that we continue to foster entrepreneurship, encourage people to start and develop businesses and to retain our best talent - that is what the Entrepreneurs’ Forum aims to achieve.”

ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM Together we can take on the world.


Pamela Petty

Graham Robb

Entreprenising

Recognition Marketing & PR

Pamela spent 30 years at Ebac, joining the family business in 1986. As managing director between 2004 and 2015, Pamela was passionate about great British manufacturing, and was instrumental in adding the UK’s only British manufactured washing machines to the company’s portfolio. Using her many years of experience her latest venture helps small businesses to reach their potential.

“I value the Forum as it provides the ideal platform for like-minded individuals to talk peer to peer about ideas and opportunities to develop their business. The North East’s most important priority is new jobs. The best way to create these is by growing private sector businesses, hence the need for the Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s vital work.”

Fiona Raglan

Gill Southern

Dipsticks Research

Wessington Cryogenics

“I’ve been a Forum member for many years and throughout that period the Forum has been a pivotal North East organisation that has not only inspired me to go that extra mile, but a platform that has enabled me to discuss the wider business ‘ups and downs’ with other entrepreneurial individuals; an invaluable asset in the North East not to be taken lightly.”

“Supporting local business is rewarding because investing in them and helping to remove barriers to growth such as access to finance, skills and promoting best practise generally leads to increased productivity and competitiveness, which is fantastic for the North East and UK economy. There’s a huge amount of pride in the North East and this creates an environment for self-perpetuating growth.”

ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM Together we can take on the world.


John Myers

Alastair Waite

Myers Media

Altec Engineering

John is well known in the North East for a career that has seen him launch over 20 radio stations across the UK including Smooth, Real and Century. He’s also a hugely successful entrepreneur in his own right, recently raising £20m from the City for a new business call TEAMROCK. On top of that, he runs Myers Media.

“I value the opportunity to meet all members, help others grow their business, create connections and fly the flag for one of the North’s most active entrepreneurial organisations. Running and growing a business can be incredibly lonely and ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’, so having the Forum as a critical friend in a time of need is one of the best investments any business could make.”

Brendon Hayward

James Robson

Osbit Power

Alexander Jewitt & Co

Brendon is a co-founder, shareholder and director of OSBIT Power Ltd, having led engineering projects at SMD and Pearson, before establishing new markets and products as engineering director at Pipecoil Ltd. Brendon leads OP’s technical team.

Founder and director of Exwold, James has recently changed to being it’s non-executive director in order to make more time for supporting other North East companies who are experiencing some of the issues which Exwold has had to overcome. His own consultancy business Alexander Jewitt & Co. Ltd provides mentoring and hands-on resource to SME’s in the region. In 2011 James received an MBE for his services to North East business.

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Benefits of Partnership BY BECOMING A CORPORATE PARTNER, YOU WILL: •B  e the only company in your sector with access to our 300 members - all key decision-makers in their own organisations. •B  enefit from an exclusive first-class networking environment - our members’ businesses collectively represent over 23,000 employees and turnover more than £2.3bn.

• Get access to industry experts and mentors by engaging key members of your team in our inspirational and entrepreneurial events programme (contributing to CPD). • Have the chance to raise your own profile with business leaders and entrepreneurs by hosting and jointly developing events.

•B  e associated with an organisation whose aim is to help grow businesses, create new jobs and generate wealth in the North East - adding to your existing Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

• Be given first refusal on additional sponsorship opportunities in the EF events calendar.

• Have the opportunity to work directly with our influential Board of Directors – joining them for at least two private corporate partner dinners each year.

• Receive a branding toolkit to allow you to show your corporate partnership in your own marketing and communications activity.

• Have increased profile on the EF website including PR stories, links back to your site and signposting from our monthly e-newsletter.

•G  ain exposure and be associated with both entrepreneurship and other high profile corporate partners.

As corporate partners since 2011 we very much value our relationship with the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. The Forum brings together some of the most inspiring and innovative businesses our region has to offer... As the leading professional services firm in the region, we are able to share our experiences with Forum members, assisting them in their development and growth as well as building relationships with North East entrepreneurs that we hope to sustain for the long term. Jonathan Greenaway, PwC, partner.


HOW CAN THE ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM HELP TO RAISE YOUR PROFILE, IMPROVE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND INFLUENCE KEYS BUSINESS SECTORS? Three Pillars of Engagement: EVENTS

VOICE

MENTORING

• Delegate package worth over £4k.

• Access to over 90 mentors.

• High profile on EF website.

• Brand profile at all events.

• Opportunity to find your own mentor/ become a mentee.

• Support with quotes for PR.

• Access to delegate list before any event (upon request). • Additional places available for clients / staff at guest rates. • First refusal on event sponsorship. • Inclusion in pre and post event PR. • Opportunity to jointly host events.

• Chances to engage with start-up community. • Development opportunity for lead member of staff via the Exchange programme.

• Referenced in all EF press releases (notes to editors). • Share your news with members through digital marketing channels including social media and EF’s monthly e-newsletter.

Event Delegate Package: EVENTS (per annum)

TEAM PLACES

CHAIRMANS’ DINNER

x1

1(lead)

BOARD DINNER

x2

1(lead)

NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS

x1

4

ENTREPRENEURS’ CONFERENCE

x2

4

MEMBER EVENTS

x10

4

ON-SITE VISITS

x6

1(lead)

EXCHANGE EVENTS

x6

1

ROUND TABLES

x8

1(lead)

Joining the Forum was definitely the single best thing we’ve done since starting Hedley McEwan and in turn, that’s the best advice I can give to anyone looking to grow their own business. Tom Hedley, Hedley McEwan, co-founder

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ALL FO RO £15K + NLY (1 YEA VAT R DEAL ) OR £12K + V (3 YEA AT (pa) R DEAL )


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Give us a call on 0191 500 7780

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