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Events Calendar. September to December 2017

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CONTENTS 04 EVENTS EXPLAINED 06 AUTUMN EVENTS AT A GLANCE 08 GUIDE TO GOOD RECRUITMENT

(Exchange event)

09 ANDREW JAMES

(On-site visit)

10 NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS 2017

(Black-tie dinner)

12 LUCINDA BRUCE-GARDYNE, GENIUS FOODS

(Member event)

13 VALDA GOODFELLOW, G&G GOODFELLOWS

(Focus dinner)

14 IAN BAGGETT, ADDERSTONE GROUP

16 UNRULY

(On-site visit)

17 BRAND & MARKETING MASTERCLASS

(Exchange event)

18 FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE (Global Entrepreneurship Week conference)

20 FRED STORY, STORY HOMES

(Focus dinner)

21 MADE IN BRITAIN

(Member event)

22 ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM CHRISTMAS DRINKS 23 ROUND TABLE EVENTS & MENTORING DROP-IN SURGERIES

(Member event)

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OUR EVENTS EXPLAINED EACH YEAR WE HOST A WIDE-RANGING PROGRAMME OF INSPIRATIONAL EVENTS, BRINGING TOGETHER THE MOST ASPIRATIONAL NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURS TO CREATE OPPORTUNITY, SHARE KNOWLEDGE AND MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS. OUR EVENTS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES, INCLUDING: NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS Our 14th annual awards ceremony will celebrate the achievement of the region’s very best entrepreneurs at a black-tie dinner, where fun and celebration are top of the agenda.

CHAIRMAN’S DINNER Marking the beginning of our 15th anniversary year, our next Chairman’s Dinner will start 2018 in inspirational style, when our chairman is joined by special guests to host a celebratory dinner for entrepreneurs.

ENTREPRENEURIAL CONFERENCES

FOCUS DINNERS

The most prestigious business events in the North East and the highlights of our calendar, our annual conferences bring topclass speakers to the region from some of the most successful, innovative and entrepreneurial organisations around the world.

Set in the private dining rooms of some of the region’s finest restaurants, these intimate entrepreneur-only dinners bring together great food, inspirational speakers and captivating conversation.

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MEMBER EVENTS

ROUND TABLE EVENTS

Full of helpful insights and ideas you can implement in your own organisation, regardless of sector, our on-site visits are a unique chance to enjoy a behind-thescenes tour of a fellow entrepreneurs’ business.

Regular opportunities for you to hear from inspirational speakers, our member events see entrepreneurs sharing the highs and lows of their own journey, or providing a master-class on a specialist topic linked to business growth

Our chaired round table discussions are a great way to come together with like-minded business leaders, learn more about a subject and share your knowledge and expertise.

EXCHANGE EVENTS

MENTORING SURGERIES

SOCIAL EVENTS

Stimulating events that combine inspirational talks and interactive workshops, our Exchange events help business leaders build practical plans that break-down the barriers to high-growth.

An opportunity to speak with people who’ve done it all before, our mentoring surgeries give you the rare chance to drop-in and talk confidentially about your business challenges with some of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs.

A selection of informal events throughout the year, which cover both our Summer and Christmas Drinks, as well as relaxed member lunches and curry nights.

We have some incredible events lined up, with some amazing speakers waiting to share the entrepreneurial lessons they’ve learnt. Attendance at our events is exclusively for Entrepreneurs’ Forum members and, depending upon the type of event, numbers can be limited by capacity, so make sure you don’t miss out by booking your place today. To save your seat, simply visit www.entrepreneursforum.net/events

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OUR EVENTS EXPLAINED

ON-SITE VISITS


SEPTEMBER P8

WELCOME

GUIDE TO GOOD RECRUITMENT

EVENTS AT A GLANCE

There really is no other network quite like ours, and we’re inviting you to join us - alongside other business owners - to hear from inspirational entrepreneurs and industry experts. Come along to fantastic venues and learn from the lessons others have already experienced, picking up great ideas and getting exclusive insights that will help you to drive your business forward. The North East’s brightest business minds will all be coming together to help each other, so why not take a little time out of your business to learn from those who have been there and done it all before…

“Every person you meet, in your life, not just in business, teaches you something.”

EXCHANGE EVENT Thursday 14th September, 8am - 11am Marriott Hotel, Sunderland

MENTORING DROP-IN SURGERY Tuesday, 19th September, 1pm - 4pm Deloitte Office, Newcastle

ANDREW JAMES

with Andrew Tomlinson ON-SITE VISIT Tuesday 26th September, 1.30pm - 4.30pm Spectrum Business Park, Seaham

NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS 2017 BLACK-TIE DINNER Friday 29th September, 6pm until late The Boiler Shop, Crowne Plaza Newcastle

Kevin Keegan.

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OCTOBER P12

NOVEMBER P16

DECEMBER P22

LUCINDA BRUCE-GARDYNE, GENIUS FOODS

UNRULY

BRAND & MARKETING

MEMBER EVENT Thursday 5th October, 4.30pm - 7pm Deloitte Office, Newcastle

with Sarah Wood ON-SITE VISIT Wednesday 8th November, 12 noon - 3pm Unruly HQ, Whitechapel, London

RECRUITMENT & STAFF RETENTION

BRAND & MARKETING MASTERCLASS

VALDA GOODFELLOW, G&G GOODFELLOWS

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE

with Linzi Boyd & Grant Leboff EXCHANGE EVENT Thursday 9th November, 8am - 11am St. James’ Park, Newcastle

FOCUS DINNER Thursday 12th October, 6.30pm - 10pm Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK CONFERENCE Thursday 16th November, 8am - 5pm Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham

IAN BAGGETT, ADDERSTONE GROUP

MENTORING DROP-IN SURGERY

MEMBER EVENT Tuesday 17th October, 6pm - 8.30pm The Mining Institute, Newcastle

MENTORING DROP-IN SURGERY Thursday, 19th October, 1pm - 4pm CPED,Teesside University’s Darlington Campus

Details are correct as time of print (September 2017).

ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM CHRISTMAS DRINKS

EVENTS AT A GLANCE

ROUND TABLE Tuesday 10th October, 2pm - 4.30pm Solutions Recruitment, Newcastle

ROUND TABLE Tuesday 5th December, 2pm - 4.30pm Diamond House, Team Valley, Gateshead

Thursday 7th December, 4.30pm - 7.30pm Baltimore House, Gateshead

Tuesday, 21st November, 1pm - 4pm Deloitte Office, Newcastle

FRED STORY, STORY HOMES

Take some time out to work your business with us. Listen to insights from your peers.

MADE IN BRITAIN

Meet with people you didn’t know you needed to meet. Who knows where it could lead.

FOCUS DINNER Thursday 23rd November, 6.30pm - 10pm Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle with Blue Kangaroo & Prima Cheese MEMBER EVENT Thursday 30th November, 6pm - 8.30pm CPED,Teesside University’s Darlington Campus

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Guide to Good Recruitment EXCHANGE EVENT THURSDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER, 8AM - 11AM Marriott Hotel, Sunderland Free (for all members)

SEPTEMBER

There’s nothing more important to a growing business than the people working in it, but finding skilled staff can be a huge challenge for entrepreneurs. As part of our series of Exchange events, we’re working with the UK’s Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to lift the lid on the very best in the world of recruitment.

You’ll get practical advice on how to manage your reputation, as well as insight into the employment landscape and market trends that will help you to build a recruitment strategy that works for your business. Hear from leading industry professionals, as well as companies who are at the top of the recruitment game, sharing what they’ve done well and not so well over the years. Your name as an employer goes before you and this event is your chance to spend some time working on an area of your business that, while often overlooked, can have the biggest impact of all on your future success.

Joined by experts in attracting and retaining great people, we will be considering the importance and impact your employer brand has on your business.

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how the most successful businesses recruit, engage with and retain their staff.

how important your employer reputation is, and how to improve it.

an edge on your competitors with tips and trends to help you recruit the best people.

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Andrew James (with Andrew Tomlinson) ON-SITE VISIT TUESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER, 1.30PM - 4.30PM Spectrum Business Park, Seaham Free (for all members) Join us as we head to multi award-winning Andrew James’ brand new headquarters, to explore a family firm which has grown from selling raclette grills out of a garage to a £20m turnover business.

Their state-of-the-art ‘green’ warehouse boasts 125,000 sq. ft. in floor space and operates the latest smart technology, fully automating many operational processes and creating an immensely more efficient, safe and enjoyable place for their staff to work. There are also on-site product testing facilities to assist with new product development and product improvement. The neighbouring offices have been refurbished to include an on-site photography and video studio, inspirational meeting spaces and modern open-plan work areas - all with stunning views of the coast and a line-up of office perks that match the sights!

Andrew James HQ

FUL BOOK LY ED!

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how innovation, process improvement and investment in technology is transforming the business.

how the world of e-commerce works, from beginning to end.

inspiration from the hard work, dedication and achievements of Andrew and his team.

For the most up to date information and to book your place, visit www.entrepreneursforum.net/events

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Founded in 2005 by cousins Andrew (Tomlinson) and James (Buckle), this fastgrowing e-retailer specialises in kitchen equipment, gadgets, home accessories and a whole lot more; sending more than 500 different products to customers around the world.

Having experienced 100% turnover growth, year on year, the company recently outgrew their office space for the third time and have acquired not one, but two new premises forming a headquarters that has transformed the business.

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NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS 2017 SOLD OUT! FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER, 6PM UNTIL LATE The Boiler Shop, Crowne Plaza Newcastle £99 +VAT or £990 +VAT (for a table of 10)

SEPTEMBER

Nominations are in, shortlists have been drawn up and site visits concluded in our quest to find the most aspirational and successful entrepreneurs in the North East. In partnership with the North East LEP, our 14th annual North East Entrepreneurial Awards ceremony will celebrate the achievement of the region’s very best entrepreneurs. Nominees for Emerging Talent, sponsored by O’Brien Waste Recycling Solutions, include Andy Stephenson (Weekend Box), Steven Rawlingson (Samuel Knight), Michaela Reaney (Gradvert) and Stephen Black and Ian McElroy (Tier One Capital). The Scale-up Award, sponsored by NBS, is new for 2017 and recognises business owners who have led their company to achieve 20%+

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annualised growth in either turnover, profit or employee numbers for the past three years. The shortlist includes Ben Ridgway and Jamie Cooke (Intelligent Services Group), Nigel Begg (Aspire Technology Solutions) and Sara Davies (Crafter’s Companion). Sponsored by Ward Hadaway, 2016 saw John Waterworth crowned Entrepreneur of the Year, but this year the honour will go to John Hays (Hays Travel), Roger Peart (Oil NRG), David Harrison (True Potential) or Julie Drummond (Drummond Central). Mentor of the Year, sponsored by Malhotra Group PLC, is announced on the night and recognises the important role altruistic peerto-peer mentoring plays in business growth.

Sponsored by Corporate Traveller, the winner will join a prestigious group, including Sir Peter Vardy, Sir John Hall and John Fenwick. Hosted by Penny Mallory OBE, our blacktie awards dinner is a fabulous evening of celebration, where the cream of entrepreneurial talent and leading figures within the North East business community come together to honour our high achievers. This year the charity we will be supporting is Children North East. They are celebrating 125 years of helping children living in poverty right across the region to raise their standard of living and aspirations, Proud to be supporting: through a wide variety of key services.

Lifetime Achievement is also kept a closely guarded secret until the dinner.

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SEPTEMBER

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Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne, Genius Foods MEMBER EVENT THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER, 4.30PM - 7PM Deloitte Office, Newcastle Free (for all members) With ambition to have a career in medicine, Lucinda tried to get the cooking bug out of her system by attending Leiths School of Food and Wine, but quickly realised this was her true calling.

OCTOBER

A gruelling but memorable education followed in Terence Conran’s Michelin-starred restaurant Bibendum, before Lucinda’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to set up a catering company, which she ran successfully for three years. After returning to Leiths Cookery School as a teacher, she lectured and devoted four years to co-authoring the award-winning

Leiths Techniques Bible. It was during this time that her first two sons were diagnosed with a severe allergy to dairy products and an intolerance to gluten. The situation challenged eating normally as a family and led to Lucinda’s second book, How to Cook for Food Allergies. Her determination to create soft and tasty fresh brown and white bread, firstly for her son and the book, and then for people like her, became her all consuming passion and these gluten-free recipes became Genius Foods. Now selling in North America, Europe, Australia and the UAE, the last few years have proved particularly dynamic for Genius, with the innovation and achievements of Lucinda and her team leading to immense business growth and a number of coveted award wins.

Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne

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how after hundreds of attempts, four years and a broken oven, Genius Foods was born.

how an innovative approach can bring huge opportunity, even in established markets.

an understanding of how a strong belief and determination can make great things happen.

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Valda Goodfellow, G&G Goodfellows FOCUS DINNER THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER, 6.30PM - 10PM Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas £75 +VAT (for entrepreneur members only) A love for North East manufacturing has driven Valda Goodfellow ever since she worked her way up from production control trainee to become the first female MD of Mr Lazenby’s sausage company. Never afraid of hard work, Valda turned the business around and took it from financial stress to huge growth, before leading a £multimillion sale.

Valda has never looked back, with her latest venture G&G Goodfellows launching in 2012 and growing from the ground up to supply the best brands in tableware, chefswear, machines and gadgets; and listed in this year’s Financial Times 1,000 - Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies. Today G&G has over 20 employees and a stunning London showroom to complement its North East head office. It is known by chefs around the globe as ‘the home of sexy plates’, with clients including Saturday Kitchen, Masterchef, the Great British Menu, The Ritz, The Social Group, Galvin Restaurants and our venue for the evening, Middleton Lodge - to name but a few!

OCTOBER

Embarking on a new journey with husband Paul, Valda went on to build Continental Chef Supplies (CCS), before selling to a

global distribution company in 2008, and staying on until 2011.

Valda Goodfellow

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how Valda went from factory floor to serial entrepreneur.

how to lead a business from the front during difficult times.

tips and advice on how to keep customers happy when growing from the ground up.

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Ian Baggett, Adderstone Group MEMBER EVENT TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER, 6PM - 8.30PM The Mining Institute, Newcastle Free (for all members)

OCTOBER

A proud former Entrepreneurs’ Forum ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ (2007), Ian founded his property business whilst studying at Durham University. His undergraduate dissertation on student accommodation doubled up as a business plan and enabled him to match a £2,000 inheritance with a £13,000 loan from Northern Rock.This 300 strong team is now working through a £200m development pipeline. Sharing his story and personal journey, Ian will cover some fascinating local and national projects and ventures. From his earliest investments and his short career as a professional tennis player, to his time as

a Royal Naval Officer and the battles of the global financial crisis, before discussing the challenges and opportunities of the current day, including the Group’s latest acquisition of The Rivergreen Centre, Durham, Atom Bank’s HQ and one of the most significant investment deals of the year. Ian leads Adderstone Group with dynamism and passion. Creating and delivering exceptional places which improve and regenerate the areas where they exist, Adderstone Group have been behind several huge projects within the region, including leading the restoration of The Tyne Theatre, the world’s last remaining working Victorian theatre, the development of Quay West Business Village in Sunderland, the city’s first out of town office park for over 20 years and contributing to the regeneration of the Ouseburn area into one of the Newcastle’s most thriving creative quarters.

Ian Baggett

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how a local lad built one of the region’s largest property companies from just £2,000.

about the ideals that drive Ian’s entrepreneurial ambitions.

an insight into Adderstone Group’s strategy for growth within the region and further afield.

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Unruly (with Sarah Wood ) ON-SITE VISIT WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER, 12 NOON - 3PM Unruly HQ, Whitechapel, London Free (for all members)

NOVEMBER

Our visit to Unruly’s new office in Whitechapel will have you transported to Narnia, the 1970s and the set of Star Wars, in what could possibly be London’s coolest office; but it’s so much more. The video ad tech company has a series of themed rooms within their purposely designed London HQ that, while stimulating and fun, have been built to help information flow uninterrupted and ideas to be freely exchanged.

emotional intelligence to digital advertising, helping brands inform and inspire over 1.44bn people around the world. Founded in 2006 and acquired by News Corp in 2015, there are now 300 Unrulies across 20 locations worldwide. This is your chance to go behind the scenes at a world-leading technology business; hearing from co-founder Sarah Wood about the unique way their office has been created, what pushes the business forward and how the video magic happens.

Unruly gets videos seen and loved across the open web for brands that want to move people, not just reach them. By using a decade of data on consumer responses to video, they bring

Sarah Wood

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how emotional intelligence and passionate people earned two Guinness World Records.

why internal communication is the key to success for this fastgrowing business.

insight into how Unruly keep their company culture alive across a global office network.

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Brand & Marketing Masterclass EXCHANGE EVENT THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER, 8AM - 11AM St. James’ Park, Newcastle Free (for all members) In the final Exchange event of 2017 we are bringing together branding expertise with real-world advice that will help you to build your company’s reputation and get your key messages heard by the right people.

We will also be joined by one of the UK’s leading sales and marketing experts, Grant Leboff. A thought leader in this field, Grant’s main focus is to address the massive changes taking place in a world that is constantly being introduced to new technologies. An acclaimed author and highly sought after speaker, Grant helps companies build strategies that enable them to thrive in an increasingly competitive marketplace. As a successful entrepreneur in his own right, by challenging accepted marketing conventions Grant will bring clarity on what you can do to drive real business results. This is your chance to hear the thoughts of two top marketers on making your business standout, storytelling, creating and sharing content, social media and of course, Sticky Marketing®.

Linzi Boyd

Grant Leboff

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the difference between brands and branding, and why you should be brand-led.

from best practice examples around the world to inspire your company’s marketing.

insight from the latest marketing trends and thought leadership that drives real business results.

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NOVEMBER

Serial Entrepreneur, Author and Brand Guru Linzi Boyd will be lifting the lid on the difference between brand and branding. Renowned for taking businesses and turning them into famous brands with a purpose, she will be sharing years of expertise in a bid to help you become brand-led. Linzi will help you to identify new business concepts that can shift industry sectors and impact significant change in the world, and teach you

how to build a business from the top down, rather than the bottom up, to drive the sales, awareness and value for growth and scale.


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Global Entrepreneurship Week conference THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER, 8AM - 5PM Redworth Hall Hotel, County Durham £99 +VAT (for entrepreneur members & their guests)

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NOVEMBER

Sponsored by Recognition PR and hosted by our favourite British radio consultant, entrepreneur and presenter John Myers, Fortune Favours the Brave is your chance to hear from inspirational speakers who are both leading and doing great things to grow dynamic businesses. Set in the beautiful Redworth Hall in County Durham, the day promises an enthralling journey of high-flying stories and unique opportunities for making new connections; but our conference isn’t just about the speakers. It’s also about being inspired by the people in the room, making the ‘right connections’ and being stimulated by insights from within your peer group.

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Fortune Favours the Brave is very much about getting under the skin of those who take chances and finding out what happens when you do – because it’s only when you step out of your comfort zone or are faced with a seemingly ‘make or break’ moment that you’re really tested.

Part of:

Take a day out of your business, to work on your business. Learn from those around you, soak up the wisdom of others and be inspired.

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SPEAKERS: MIKE WELCH Blackcircles Starting with a grant of £500 Mike built the world’s first ‘click & fit’ tyre retailer; selling to Michelin in 2015 for circa £100m.

KAREN LYNCH Belu Water Karen turned Belu around from a huge deficit to become a completely social & ethical enterprise which, to date, has donated £2.2m to WaterAid.

NOVEMBER

AMAR LATIF Traveleyes ‘The blind guy who wants to show you the world’, Amar is an international explorer and founded the first tour operator for sighted and visually impaired travellers. More speakers will be added soon. For the latest line-up, visit www.entrepreneursforum.net/conference

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Fred Story, Story Homes FOCUS DINNER THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER, 6.30PM - 10PM Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle £75 +VAT (for entrepreneur members only)

NOVEMBER

Since Fred Story built his first house, he has expanded his businesses, owned a football club, won countless awards and given thousands of pounds back to local communities. Starting his career as a civil engineer, Fred was inspired by his brother to renovate houses and, by the time he was 30, bought a small farmstead which he converted into a family home, with four plots of land behind it; the first four Story Homes. Fast-forward 30 years and some stellar growth has seen the number of employees across

Story Homes and Story Contracting rise past the 1,000 mark, with turnover hitting £290m and £120m respectively. The past six years have seen the biggest growth in both companies’ history. Story Homes now has 30 schemes in Cumbria, the North East, North West of England and Southern Scotland, and is aiming to build more than 1,000 homes this; with its sights firmly set on becoming the best quality house builder in the UK. Story Contracting now has four areas of operation, based over five regional offices; construction, rail, plant and Reiver Homes.

Bolton, which will achieve £25m turnover this year and has been recognised by London Stock Exchange Group as ‘one of 1,000 companies to inspire Britain’.

Story’s motto is ‘Do it right’. A simple ethos that the businesses continue to make all of their decisions by, meaning they only employ sub-contractors who go above and beyond, they pay them on time and do a great job for their clients above all else. Fred is also co-owner of Aptus Utilities, an independent connections provider based in

Fred Story

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why Fred believes ‘doing the right thing’ is the most effective way to grow any business.

from Fred’s 30 years of experience growing two hugely successful companies.

an understanding of how Fred was able to kick-start rapid growth after a seven year plateau.

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Made in Britain MEMBER EVENT with Jason Knights and Nagma Ebanks-Beni THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER, 6PM - 8.30PM CPED, Teesside University’s Darlington Campus Free (for all members) These two British businesses are united by a fearless determination to succeed and an unrelenting ambition to discover new opportunities that drive their business forward.

Spotting the UK market was shrinking, Jason took a leap of faith and, with support from the

Despite wondering ‘what they were doing there’, Blue Kangaroo not only won the pitch, but have gone on to work regularly with Walt Disney, as well as Warner Bros, Pixar, Lucasfilm and a host of other global brands. After running her own restaurant in London, Nagma Ebanks-Beni returned to the family business at a time when Prima Cheese was firmly established as the leading UK provider of pizza cheese.

Jason Knights, Blue Kangroo

Brought back to drive further expansion, Nagma quickly set about creating a plan to export pizza cheese around the world. Starting with a few key clients in Peru, Lebanon and Dubai, Prima is now exported to every continent and has a global reputation for strong family values, trust, integrity and a solid product. Prima was crowned North East Exporter of the Year in the 2017; with expansion into the fastgrowing Asian market next on Nagma’s list.

Nagma Ebanks-Beni, Prima Cheese

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how a ‘just do it’ attitude has helped make these North East businesses a global success.

about the family values and culture that keep Prima Cheese at the top of their industry.

an insight into exporting both products and services around the world.

For the most up to date information and to book your place, visit www.entrepreneursforum.net/events

NOVEMBER

Co-founder of Blue Kangaroo - one of the world’s leading character licensing creative companies - Jason Knights’ firm stayed relatively small until it began to export.

Department for International Trade, managed to seal a meeting with Disney in LA.

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Christmas Drinks THURSDAY 7TH DECEMBER, 4.30PM - 7.30PM Baltimore House, Gateshead Free (for all members) We would be delighted if you could join the Forum team and board, fellow members and Corporate Partners for our annual Christmas drinks party.

DECEMBER

Just pop along anytime from 4.30pm to celebrate what has hopefully been another great year.

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ROUND TABLE EVENTS

MENTORING DROP-IN SURGERIES

Our chaired round table discussions are a great way to come together and meet like-minded business leaders, learn more about a subject and share your knowledge and expertise.

Whatever stage of business you’re at, if you’re looking to make progress then ‘speak to people who’ve done it all before’ is what all of the entrepreneurs we meet would say.

Why not come along and join your fellow entrepreneurs for a lively debate on a topical subject, linked to business growth.

Finding the right person isn’t always easy, but our series of mentoring surgeries aims to help. The confidential one-to-one sessions offer a rare opportunity to talk through any business challenges you’re facing with other experienced entrepreneurs.

FREE for members

FREE for entrepreneur members only

RECRUITMENT & STAFF RETENTION

Tuesday, 19th September

Tuesday 10th October 2pm - 4.30pm Solutions Recruitment, Newcastle

1pm - 4pm Deloitte Office, Newcastle

BRAND & MARKETING Tuesday 5th December 2pm - 4.30pm Diamond House, Team Valley, Gateshead

Thursday, 19th October 1pm - 4pm CPED, Teesside University’s Darlington Campus

Tuesday, 21st November 1pm - 4pm Deloitte Office, Newcastle

For more information or to request mentoring support, contact Michael on 0191 500 7780 or michael@entrepreneursforum.net For the most up to date information and to book your place, visit www.entrepreneursforum.net/events

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WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON… Through a mix of inspiration and a helping hand, your business will grow so don’t miss out, book your place at our events now at www.entrepreneursforum.net/events We’re here to help you, however we can, so why not get in touch and let us know what you’re up to:

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