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“Inspiration and knowledge from outstanding speakers!”

Together we can take on the world Entrepreneurs’ Forum annual conference Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle Thursday, 11th May 2017 #NEentrepreneurs

In partnership with:

Conference programme sponsored by:

TIME IS PRECIOUS With over 200 business support and finance providers, the North East Growth Hub can help you find the guidance you need to grow your business. Fast. Visit to get started.


Welcome Welcome to the Entrepreneurs’ Forum spring conference for what’s sure to be an inspirational day for North East entrepreneurs.

Nigel Mills, chairman

Alongside 300 of the region’s most ambitious entrepreneurs, we’re thrilled to also welcome the national ScaleUp Institute’s board of directors. Like the Forum, the ScaleUp Institute is striving to make the UK the best place in the world to grow a business and we’re delighted they’ve decided to join us for the day. The ScaleUp Institute was set-up to help businesses overcome the key barriers of high-growth; identified by today’s first speaker Sherry Coutu in The ScaleUp Report as:

Leadership capability

Skills shortages

Access to new customers and markets

Now, more than ever, our future economic success and well-being is dependent upon being able to create a world-leading environment in which companies can thrive, grow and prosper; overcoming these obstacles and contributing positive impact for generations to come. The Entrepreneurs’ Forum brings together entrepreneurs to help them make their businesses stronger; and to help make the North East stronger. It’s a network where entrepreneurs share experience in the interests of the greater good. In business, no one can do it all on their own and by embracing the ever-increasing interconnectedness of our region, we can improve the resilience and likelihood of success for our companies. There may be many challenges on the horizon, with the economic uncertainty of Brexit, an impending General Election on 8th June and numerous international and political factors all at play, but as always the best way for entrepreneurs to predict the future is to create it ourselves. The North East is in a strong position to generate jobs and prosperity right now and it falls on us, the business owners, to capitalise on the new opportunities that present themselves and tackle the challenges that arise head-on.

Finding the right combination of finance

Navigating infrastructure and red tape

Whether ‘Brexit-proofing’ our operations or looking at new ways of working in the most basic sense, networking is unquestioningly one of the best ways to find new customers and routes to market, but it can add so much more. In the audience today we have entrepreneurs, educators, corporate companies, policy makers, business support providers, financers and even the media. It’s everyone you need to create a successful scale-up eco-system. I challenge you to listen to our speakers and identify and introduce yourself to the exhibitors and people in the room who can help you to overcome your own barriers to growth. The North East is a region united by more than just geography and while the short-term may be challenging, we need to come together to help each other because together we are stronger. TOGETHER WE CAN TAKE ON THE WORLD! Enjoy your day,

Nigel Mills

Entrepreneurs’ Forum chairman


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Welcome, Nigel Mills Entrepreneurs’ Forum chairman @LakesDistillery A chartered accountant turned entrepreneur, Nigel is a founder member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and has been our chairman since 2012. Previously Nigel built, scaled and sold a chain of 85 convenience stores and supermarkets, with over 2,000 staff. His latest venture is the creation of a world-class whisky distillery; The Lakes Distillery.


Your host, Alfie Joey @alfiejoey Half of The Mimic Men, half of the BBC Newcastle breakfast show and more than half decent artist, writer, comic, actor, impressionist, singer and presenter, Alfie is back by popular demand to ‘spread joy like a virus’ and keep the day flowing.

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Sherry Coutu The ScaleUp Institute @scoutu



Thomas Höegh Höegh Capital Partners @Bor3alis

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Simon Woodroffe YO! Group @woodroffe-simon

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As seen on:

The Mimic Men



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Karen Pickering Olympic Swimmer @Karen-Pickering



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Sarah Wood Unruly @sarahfwood

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Nigel Mills @LakesDistillery


A very BIG thank you Without the support of generous people like our speakers, sponsors and partners, we really wouldn’t be able to host this conference here today. Sharing our ambition to make the region stronger, each of our partners is an expert in their field and cares deeply about the North East and the people that live and work here. They all hope to help entrepreneurs who are in pursuit of business growth and you can meet with business leaders from each of their organisations here today, amongst the audience as well as at their exhibition stands.

Event partner: @GrowthHubNE The North East Growth Hub is a crucial part of the region’s business support infrastructure. Business growth and access to finance are key drivers to help create more and better jobs for the region. If you’re planning for growth, the North East Growth Hub can help you achieve it. Visit the online platform

which gives you access to the region’s biggest database of finance and funding support, business support programmes and a directory of business events, seminars, training and networking opportunities to help you grow your business.

Conference programme sponsored by: @SharedInterest Shared Interest Foundation is a small Newcastle based charity with a global reach. By delivering training and developing local support networks, they provide the opportunities for fair trade producers to grow, and create vital employment opportunities


which transform communities. Since they were founded in 2004, their projects in Africa and Latin America have helped 40,000 producers to increase their incomes.

Associate sponsors: @Virgin_TrainsEC Virgin know getting to your customers for a face-to-face is crucial, so they’ve created a new, free, online service aimed at businesses to make booking and managing your GB business train trips as straightforward as possible. Say hello to Railblazers. Hassle-free booking? Check.

The best deals for trains? Check. Quick and easy payment? Check and check. What are you waiting for? Take control of your train travel today by setting up a free account for your company.

@DeloitteUK In 2011 Deloitte established the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to expand the help they already offer entrepreneurs through their audit, consultancy, financial advisory and tax services. In 2014 they played a major role in stimulating debate on business support and scale-up in the UK following their report on the way

‘Scale-up programmes’ could work to influence outcomes for the UK economy. Today they continue to help entrepreneurs master the major issues that keep them awake at night, such as embracing digital, delivering purpose, reducing risk, developing talent and powering growth.

@sageuk Sage serves and enables the success of today’s entrepreneurs — the thinkers, doers, and visionaries, because you are the true heroes of the world’s economy. Sage provides world-leading advice, business insights, tools, innovation, and support when you need it most. With their new generation software you can manage everything from money to people, be it

Drinks reception sponsor:


simple invoicing, bookkeeping, payroll, stock management, business analysis and more. Their solutions travel with you or stay where you want them - in the cloud, on-premise, or both — giving you the freedom to work whenever, wherever you are and make key decisions in moments notice.

The Best of British, award-winning craft spirits; The Lakes Gin, The Lakes Vodka, The ONE and Lakes Gin Explorer are enjoying launches within World Duty Free; UK wide, Australia, New Zealand and key national retail listings while the team look forward to the soon to be released Lakes Single Malt. The Distillery also boasts a Networking Michelin Guide bistro and boardroom sponsor: for private events.


Today’s exhibitors Opportunity is created when you meet people you didn’t know you needed to meet. Please take a few minutes out of your day to speak to each of our exhibitors and find out how they are already helping North East entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Who knows where it might lead! ACTIV TECHNOLOGY


The one-stop business shop for all the communication and technological needs of SMEs in the North East.

Providing audit, consultancy, financial advisory and tax services to ambitious and growing SMEs, the vision of Deloitte is to make a positive impact on the reputation and success of its clients, the UK economy and the wider society.

BARCLAYS BANK Giving entrepreneurs the banking tools they need to help run their business effectively.



Experts in helping your business grow internationally, DIT provide expert trade advice and practical support.

Creating financial plans and investment portfolios that help anyone to meet their personal and professional ambitions and aspirations.

CROWNE PLAZA NEWCASTLE Contemporary upscale accommodation in Newcastle City Centre with business-ready services and spaces, fast and fresh food that keep guests productive, connected, rested and restored during their stay.


ELANDERS UK Leaders of print and packaging, supply chain and logistical solutions with three UK operations combined with sites in 15 countries across four continents globally.

FOUNDERS4SCHOOLS This online platform is a free service, connecting teachers with leaders of successful growing businesses in their community to inspire students and prepare them for work.

SHARED INTEREST FOUNDATION Building a fairer world, they aim to alleviate poverty through supporting entrepreneurs and businesses in remote and disadvantaged communities.



Working with employers to offer apprenticeships and work ready students with an ‘employment edge’.

Global design and development of award-winning digital products and services across web, mobile and emerging technologies.



Providing creative solutions to marketing objectives; that’s it, simple.

Specialists in high-volume temporary, professional permanent and executive recruitment across a range of sectors with offices nationally and internationally.

LEXUS NEWCASTLE JARDINE MOTORS Founded in 1969, Jardine are your premier Lexus dealer when it comes to choosing new or approved used Lexus vehicles.

NEWCASTLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The international gateway for the North East serving more than 80 destinations direct and connections across the globe thanks to an extensive hub network. The airport contributes £581m into the regional economy and welcomed 4.8m passengers in 2016.

NEWCASTLE UNITED Known for top-class corporate hospitality facilities with outstanding catering and service.

NORTH EAST GROWTH HUB The North East Growth Hub is your one-stop-shop in the search for business support and finance, making it a seamless process to find the right help fast.

SAGE Leading a revolution in invisible accounting and giving business builders a competitive advantage through next generation Cloud solutions.

TEES VALLEY BUSINESS COMPASS Helping ambitious businesses in the Tees Valley region realise their growth potential by assessing their growth options in order to help them access a range of business support services, including finance and funding streams.

TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY An outstanding university which is renowned for engaging with businesses, evidenced by the achievement of the Queens Award for Enterprise.

THE LAKES DISTILLERY In the heart of Cumbria they are making award-winning spirits and creating exclusive opportunities, privileges and benefits for their corporate partners.

VIRGIN TRAINS Say hello to Railblazers, a free, online service aimed at businesses to make booking and managing your GB business train trips as straightforward as possible.

WARD HADAWAY One of the UK’s Top 100 law firms with a reputation for quality, innovation and excellence in supporting entrepreneurs.


Our Speakers In partnership with:

Sherry Coutu CBE The ScaleUp Institute and Founders4Schools @scoutu Serial entrepreneur, non-executive director, angel investor and advisor to companies, universities and charities, Sherry was born in Canada but has called the UK home for more than 30 years, where she’s made investments into more than 50 companies and advised or directed major businesses including Zoopla, LinkedIn, the Stock Exchange and Cambridge University Press She was awarded Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in 2013, having quietly built a reputation as an instrumental figure helping first-time entrepreneurs across Europe to become serial entrepreneurs with publications like “The art of scaling gracefully”. She was voted by TechCrunch as the best CEO mentor / advisor in Europe in November 2010. In 2011, 2012, and 2013 she was voted by Wired magazine as one the top 25 ‘most influential people in the wired world’, and one of the top ten most influential investors and women. In 2014 Sherry authored the ScaleUp Report and agreed to found the Scaleup Institute in 2015. The report also caused her to found and now chair Founders4Schools, which helps teachers find start-ups and scale-ups, and financial services site Interactive Investo.


Sherry also chairs the Financial Strategy Advisory Group for the University of Cambridge, is a non-executive member of the London Stock Exchange Group and serves as an advisor to Harvard Business School European Council. What is the thing you are most proud of? Having been brave enough to leap into computer programming after having gotten degrees in politics and economics. What has been your biggest challenge? Balancing life and work. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had? Choose the hardest problems to solve as an entrepreneur - everyone else will want to help you. Who, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with? Ada Lovelace. Who do you look to for inspiration? Children.






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Thomas Höegh Höegh Capital Partners @Bor3alis A serial investor and entrepreneur, Thomas co-founded LOVEFiLM, Met Film School and Growth Street. He is the founder of Arts Alliance, an investment organisation with a particular focus on private media and entertainment companies, and he is also the founder of Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe’s leading provider of digital film distribution services dedicated to building a European digital network to deliver film to cinemas. LOVEFiLM was incubated by, and spun off from, AAM. Chairman of Höegh Capital Partners Limited, Thomas oversees a portfolio of high-growth businesses in the creative and tech sectors, and directs films and theatre under the name Torstein Blixfjord. Thomas sits on the boards of Kenshoo, the Met Film School and Plan-UK; and is chairman of Kebony, a wood technology company. He is a visiting professor at Kanazawa Institute of Technology and from 2013 has served as a trustee of the Wim Wenders Foundation.

What is the thing you are most proud of? LOVEFiLM delivered both good value to consumers, shareholders and Amazon who bought the company. But, no professional accomplishment out-shines the joy of bringing up my children. What has been your biggest challenge? To shut down underperforming companies when management feel it is “just around the corner”. Where do you see yourself in five years? I will be building companies and enabling lots of companies to grow through Growth Street. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had? It was advice from Reed Hastings: Never stop engaging with customers and stay focused. Who, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with? Easy – Elvis! Who do you look to for inspiration? My wife, daughter, mother, sister and the other great women I have had a chance to work with.







Our Speakers Sponsored by :

Simon Woodroffe OBE YO! Group @woodroffe_simon Simon is the creator of YO! Sushi and he was an original Dragon in the first series of BBC’s Dragons’ Den. His early career was spent on the road with the likes of Rod Stewart and The Moody Blues before becoming a stage designer. After a spell in television, he conceived and launched YO! Sushi in 1997, a conveyor belt sushi bar featuring call buttons, robot drinks trolleys, Japanese TV, self-heating plates and other such novelties. In 2003, Simon sold his controlling interest in YO! Sushi in a £10m deal, backed by private equity firm Primary Capital, but initially kept a 22% stake. Simon received an OBE in 2006 and along with Gerard Greene went on to create YOTEL, the world’s most radical hotel. A 669 room YOTEL opened in central New York in summer 2011. In 2017 a 600 room YOTEL opens in Singapore’s Orchard Road with further openings planned for San Francisco & Boston in 2017, and Miami, London, Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Dubai Business Bay in 2018.


YO! Home, Simon’s re-invention of the city apartment launched at 100% Design in September 2012 and the first development looks set to be completed in Manchester in 2017. And what about the original, YO! Sushi? It has opened 100 restaurants serving 6m customers every year. That’s a LOT of sushi!

Describe your company in one sentence: YO! endeavours to give to everyone what rich people have. What is the thing you are most proud of? Opening the first YO! Sushi in Poland Street Soho on 22nd January 1997. What has been your biggest challenge? Dealing with me. Where do you see your company in five years? Still radically inventing new things. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had? Ideas we’ve had ‘em since Eve first met Adam, but take it from me execution’s the key. Who, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with? Captain Cook. Who do you look to for inspiration: Anybody who gets up and does something deserves a round of applause and inspires me.






Our Speakers Sponsored by :

Karen Pickering OBE Olympic Swimmer @Karen_Pickering With a glittering international and Olympic swimming career behind her, Karen is the model of honesty, hard work and success. During her 20 year career as part of Team GB, Karen was the first British female swimmer to ever win a World championship title, one of 35 major championship medals and 38 national titles she earned along the way. She became World Champion four times, broke two World Records and competed at four consecutive Olympic Games.

Describe your company in one sentence: An opportunity to show people the health and fitness benefits swimming can bring regardless of age and ability, whatever their goals. What is the thing you are most proud of?

Since her retirement in 2005, she has become a popular motivational speaker and commentates for BBC 5 Live and Channel 4 on swimming (able bodied and disability), diving and open water swimming.

Aside from having my twin girls, getting results against the odds.

In 2013 Karen founded her charity The Karen Pickering SWIM Foundation to run alongside her swim schools, so that she can offer bursaries to those who might otherwise be unable to afford swimming lessons.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?

She is also passionate about giving elite athletes a voice and was chair of the British Athletes Commission for 10 years, as well as sitting on the executive boards of the English Institute of Sport and the BOA-Athlete Commission. She is currently on the board of Sport England.


A testament to what hard work and determination can achieve, Karen was awarded with an MBE for services to swimming in the 1994 New Year’s Honours List.

What has been your biggest challenge? Overcoming injury.

Small steps will take you a long way. Bite-size goals to get to the big finish. Who do you look to for inspiration? It changes all the time. I am inspired by so many people in so many different ways.






Our Speakers Sponsored by : Describe your company in one sentence: Unruly gets videos seen, shared and loved across the open web for brands that want to move people, not just reach people. What is the thing you are most proud of?

Sarah Wood OBE Unruly

Getting into the Guinness Book of World Records, twice! The first time was when Evian’s ‘Roller Babies’ campaign appeared as the ‘Most Viewed Video Ad of All Time’ in 2010, and then we did it again in 2013 with ‘Dove’s Beauty Sketches’ - which was viewed 134,265,061 times! Where do you see your company in five years?

@sarahfwood Sarah Wood is co-founder and CEO of video ad tech company Unruly, where she ensures the company delivers the most awesome social video campaigns on the planet. 91% of Ad Age 100 brands have trusted Unruly to connect with audiences at speed and scale across the Open Web. Unruly has a presence across 20 different locations, employs 300 people and was acquired by News Corp in September 2015. Sarah has been voted Business Insider’s #3 Coolest Woman in Tech, Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year, Best CEO of the Year at The 2016 Europas Awards, City AM Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, and one of Ad Age’s 20 Women to Watch in Europe. She is a member of Tech City’s Entrepreneur Advisory Panel, a Technology Ambassador for London and was awarded an OBE in June 2016. Sarah is also an associate lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches a course in MashUps, Memes and LOLitics: Online Video Culture and the Screen Media Revolution.


The future is bright for Unruly! We’ll be doubling down on innovation and doubling down on international expansion - we recently launched two new offices in New Delhi and Mumbai. Our mission is to deliver the most awesome video campaigns on the planet and at this moment more than ever before our clarity of focus and speed of execution give us a competitive advantage. Who, dead or alive, would you like to have dinner with? Mary Magdalene for the gossip, Michelle Obama for the inspiration and James Corden for the LOLs. Who do you look to for inspiration? In terms of people from within my close circle growing up, my mother and grandparents were huge inspirations, as were a number of my female teachers. From within the tech industry Joanna Shields, Dale Murray, Sherry Coutu. From the advertising industry Deirdre McGlashan, Lindsay Pattison, Karen Blackett, Cilla Snowball, Helen McRae. From the media industry I’m lucky to work with amazing people at News Corp; Rebekah Brooks, Katie Vanneck-Smith, Anoushka Healy, are all massive inspirations for me.






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DON’T KEEP THE BENEFITS TO YOURSELF Opportunity is created when you meet people you didn’t know you needed to meet; and that’s why we want all of our members to help us bring even more of the region’s change makers together. By sharing the benefits of the Forum with your friends, you’ll not only help them to benefit from the inspiration, shared knowledge and new connections, but also ensure the Forum continues to grow and the region prospers.


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STEP 3 You and your friend will both get a FREE place at our next entrepreneurs’ conference, saving £99 (+VAT) each and guaranteeing a day of inspiration, shared knowledge and valuable connections!

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Dates for your diary We host a wide range of events throughout the year, bringing together entrepreneurs to create opportunity, provide inspiration and make businesses and the North East stronger. Events come in all shapes and sizes and we still have plenty of inspirational get togethers coming up before the summer: SALES & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXCHANGE Thursday, 25th May 8am – 11am Ward Hadaway, Newcastle

FOCUS DINNER WITH JAMES LAMBERT, R+R ICE CREAM Tuesday, 6th June 6.30pm - 10pm Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas

ROUND TABLE: SALES Tuesday, 20th June 2pm - 4.30pm Barclays House, Newcastle

MENTORING DROP-IN SURGERY Thursday, 22nd June 1.30pm - 4.30pm Darlington Campus, Teesside University

MANAGING & ACCESSING FINANCE EXCHANGE Tuesday, 27th June 8am – 11am Beamish Hall Hotel, County Durham

MEMBER EVENT WITH JEREMY MIDDLETON, HOMESERVE Thursday, 29th June 6pm – 8.30pm Ryder’s Architecture, Cooper’s Studios, Newcastle

SUMMER DRINKS Thursday, 6th July 4.30pm - 7.30pm NBS, The Old Post Office, Newcastle

To download our event app for iOS and Android search for Entrepreneurs’ Forum

ROUND TABLE: FINANCE Tuesday, 18th July 2pm - 4.30pm The Manor House, Stockton-on-Tees

SAVE THE DATE THE 2017 NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS Friday, 29th September 6pm until midnight The Boiler Shop, Crowne Plaza Newcastle

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK CONFERENCE Thursday, 16th November 8am – 5pm Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham

Why not take some time out of your business to work on it with us. Listen to insights from your peers. Meet with people you didn’t know you needed to meet. Who knows where it might lead.

To book your place at any of our events or find out more about our round tables, mentoring surgeries or social events, visit



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The people in the room Danae Abadom

Independent Events

Neil Addyman Restaurant Design Associates

Toby Bridges Kevin Brien Trish Bromley

Ashraf Ali

NBT Group

Catherine Coulter BeaconHouse Events

Tharsus Group

Sherry Coutu

The ScaleUp Institute

Virgin Trains

Dean Cowens

Activ Technology

Square One Law Penny Bromwell

Abu Ali

other lines of enquiry

Jonathan Coxon

Gentoo Group

John Craggs

Gentoo Group

Evolution Jamie Brown

Omar Al-Janabi

Francis Brown

Teesside University Melanie Brown

Hayley Anderson

Design Direction

Square One Law

Marc Atkinson National Safety Passport

Maureen Brown

Andrew Barratt

Digital Allies

Andy Brown


Cheviot Insured

Sean Brown

iC Venues & Events

John Baty Yvonne Bell

Bell Bros

Colin Bell

North East LEP

Nathaniel Bell

AR Controls

Karen Berry

Department for International Trade

Joe Bignell

Newcastle United Football Club

Darran Blackshaw

Francis Brown

Craig Brown

Tharsus Group

Ronald James

Kyle Blackwell

Ronald James

Gary Boon

r//evolution Shout

Adam Boothby


Samantha Bosher Westray Recruitment Consultants Richard Bradley

Dyer Engineering

Nicholas Bradley Restaurant Design Associates

Bryan Crennell


Simon Crosby

Department for International Trade

Mark Bryce

United Carlton Office Systems

Gateshead College

Simon Crowe

Niven Architects

Samantha Davidson Horizonworks Marketing Penny Davison

Andrew Buckley

Penny Print

RTC North Kate Dawson

Gill Burgess


John Burns

Diamond Group

The All in One Company

Ellen Deboeck Jonathon Denton


James Blackwell

Moody Logistics & Storage

Vicky Cross Simon Brown

Helen Calderley

Adam Blenkinsop

Sullivan Brown Resourcing Partners

Philip Crawford

Sophie Brannigan

David Dixon


Teesside University

Stephen Carey Tees Valley Combined Authority

Pete Douglas

Brewin Dolphin

Diane Carney

Maria Duddin

The Lakes Distillery

James Cartmell Julie Charlton Katy Clark

Gentoo Group Brewin Dolphin Retox Digital

Lisa Eaton Linda Edworthy

Marlish Waters Independent Events

Sage Joanna Feeley

David Collins

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Tharsus Group Kerry Fairlie

Alex Coburn

Unwritten Creative

Gateshead College Joe Evans

Emma Clement

Trend Bible


Stephen Collins

Parsons Containers

Nola Collinson

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Emma Giazitzoglu

AIM athleisure Newcastle United Football Club

Public Knowledge Richard Common

Jeff Breen



Amy Fettis Alex Bradley Restaurant Design Associates

Crowne Plaza Hotel

Cornerstone Fundraising & Development

Rachael Cooper

PCI Services Square One Law

Bryony Gibson Bryony Gibson Consulting Peter Glenton

Ryecroft Glenton

Jonathan Gold

Rivers Capital Partners

Dinah Jackson

North East LEP

Charlie Grabham Solutions Recruitment

George Jenkins

Irene Graham

Alfie Joey

The ScaleUp Institute

Alasdair Graham Drew Graham

Shout Digital Pop-up Gym

Carla Keegans

Hayley Gray Taopix Sarah Greenwell

Big Little Toys

Martin Greenwood

Malhotra Group

Phillip Groom SwimNE Stephen Hall Deloitte Jo Hall

Shared Interest Society

John Hannah

BBC Newcastle

Simon Johnson

James Gray Taopix

Tharsus Group

Andy Hanselman Andy Hanselman Consulting

Hive Estates

Rivers Capital Partners The Ethical Lettings Agency

Martyn Kimber


Ivor Knox


Harry Laidler

Laidlers Foodservices

Claire Lambert John Lawler

Newcastle United Football Club

Madventure International

Jonathan Lawrence Helen Lee

North East LEP

Michael Leibbrandt Julian Leighton

Buzz Social

Sage Orange Bus

Andrew Mears

Solutions Recruitment

Keith Miller

Miller International

Jacqui Miller

Miller International

Nigel Mills

The Lakes Distillery

Kim Minshall Vivid Promotional Marketing Caroline Moody

Moody Logistics & Storage

Dan Mothersdale


Emma Mulder

Status Digital

Deborah Mullinder


Dean Murray

Ward Hadaway

Charlton Ndlovu

Design Agenda

Scott Nellins David Nicholson

Newcastle United Football Club The Nicholson Group


David Lewis

Collectables Retail

Joe Nicholson

Michelle Harrison

Lignum Bespoke

Philip Lewis

Collectables Retail

Colin Nonas

Activ Technology

Paul Harrison

Lignum Bespoke

Geoff Little Bell Anderson Chartered Accountants

Tarek Nseir


Greg Hare

Nick Hart

Hart Door Systems

John Hartley

QAIC Packaging

Katherine Hay-Heddle

Ward Hadaway

Lottie Haylock

Malhotra Group

Brendon Hayward


Matthew Hayward

North East LEP

Tom Hedley

Hedley McEwan

Michelle Hewison Colin Hewitt David Hicks Mike Hodgson Thomas Hoegh Charlie Hoult Nadine Hudspeth Lilian Hughes Amy Jackson

Shout Ward Hadaway Deloitte The Lakes Distillery

John Lucas

Tharsus Group

Chris March

Remember Media

Joel Marks Andrew Marsh Gillian Marshall Ruth Mattera Matt Mavir Jim Mawdsley Amanda McBride Rachel McDermott Duncan McEwan

Cheviot Insured Activ Technology Entrepreneurs’ Forum Hedley McEwan Last Night of Freedom Generator Crowne Plaza Hotel Ben Johnson Hedley McEwan

Hoegh Capital Partners

Matt McGough

Ithica Films


Paul McGowan

Collingwood Legal

Gateshead College Retox Digital Unwritten Creative

Chris McPhillips Whitewash Laboratories Leon McQuaid Newcastle International Airport

Christine Nugent

J.N. Rusticus

Business Travel

Joe Olabode

PCI Services

Luke Olabode

PCI Services

Anthony O’Neill

The TV Agency

Kathryn O’Neill

The TV Agency

Stephanie Oxley

Onyx Health

Brian Palmer

Tharsus Group

Sarah Parish

Square One Law

Steven Parker

Digital Allies

Louise Parker

Quirky to the Core

Ean Parsons Kerry Patterson Irena Peel Lucy Philipson

Parsons Containers Tharsus Group NBS COCO

Karen Pickering Karen Pickering SWIM Jane Pikett

Offstone Publishing


Stina Porter

Shared Interest Society

Stephen Prior

Forest Carbon

Graham Purvis

Robson Laidler

Ryder Architecture

Tom Seymour

Durham County Cricket Club

Everything Different

Helen Short

Absolute Quality Consultancy & Training

Fiona Raglan


Nicola Short


Andy Ramsey

AR Controls

Ben Quigley

Michael Rankin

Brewin Dolphin

Alex Simpson Jane Sinnamon

Collingwood Legal

Jane Skilbeck

Joanne Regan

Graham Sleep Improvement Architecture


Phil Renton

Perfect Image

Jon Rhodes

Business Growth Fund

Gillian Rice

Tyne Valley Plastics Whitewash Laboratories

Graham Robb

Recognition Marketing & PR

Jo Robertson


James Robson Dan Robson

Alexander Jewitt & Co. Green Digit

Stephen Rochester Restaurant Design Associates Mark Roddy

Francis Brown

Gary Rodgers

Diamond Group

Steven Roper

Ward Hadaway

Heidi Rowan

Virgin Trains

Gordon Rowell


Mike Rowland

Solutions Recruitment

Parsons Containers

Andy Smith

Intimation Creative

Mark Snow

Activ Technology

Gill Southern Pete Southern

Clockwork Espresso

David Steel

Altec Engineering

Jon Steinberg


Andy Stephenson

Weekend Box

Neil Stephenson Tetrad Recruitment Group Andrew Stevenson

Ardmore Craig

David Stonehouse

Technology Services Group

Tharsus Group

Kate Walker


Claire Walton

Leaders are Making a Difference

Elizabeth Walton

Marlish Waters

Tim Ward Bid and Reseach Development Joanne Warren

Harlands Accountants

Sam Wass

Great British Meat Co.

Laura Weaving

DUO Global Consulting

Angus Webb Marcus Welch

Helen Whitfield


Suzanne Williams DUO Global Consulting Sophie Willmington The ScaleUp Institute

Karen Winterhalter

BeaconHouse Events

Status Digital

Mark Thompson

Ryder Architecture

Flame Heating Spares

Susie Thompson

Gentoo Group

Futureplumb DRG

Square One Law

Sarah Thackray


Judith Welford

Gillian Tatt

Virgin Trains

Brewin Dolphin On Medical Onyx Health

Suzanne Withrington Teesside University Sarah Wood Adam Woodhouse Haley Woodman

Unruly Digital Allies Crowne Plaza Hotel

Melanie Thompson-Glen Gateshead College

Simon Woodroffe

Ashleigh Wright Westray Recruitment Consultants

Brian Thorpe


Emma Seheult Vivid Promotional Marketing

Andy Trafford

Macdonald Martin

Raman Sehgal

Jackie Trafford

Macdonald Martin

ramarketing & PR

Calvin Wakeford

Jeff Winn

Louise Rutherford


Altec Engineering

Ryecroft Glenton

Solutions Recruitment

Jennifer Scullion

Alastair Waite

Carl Swansbury

Matthew Telling

Tharsus Group

Virgin Trains

Nicholas Wilson

Simon Rudd Parkers Executive Chauffeurs

Peter Sayer

Paul Upton

James Stuart Entrepreneurial Scotland


John Savage

Teesside University

Wessington Cryogenics

Christian Taylor

Nick Salloway

Jane Turner

Ryecroft Glenton

Jen Rea Newcastle International Airport

Tom Riley


Grant Sellars

Marie Wright

YO! Group

Technology Services Group


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Raymond Mhishi - Artisan

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