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CONTENTS 8 CHAIRMAN’S DINNER

with Mark Mullen, Atom Bank

9 MEMBER EVENT

with Ian Leigh, Thai Leisure Group

10 EXCHANGE EVENT

Developing a High Growth Mind-set

11 FOCUS DINNER

18 TOGETHER WE CAN TAKE ON THE WORLD

Entrepreneurs’ Conference

19 EXCHANGE EVENT

Sales and Business Development

20 FOCUS DINNER

with James Lambert, R&R Ice-Cream

with John Waterworth, Parkdean Resorts

21 EXCHANGE EVENT

12 ON-SITE VISIT

22 MEMBER EVENT

Hitachi Rail

13 MEMBER EVENT with Richard Evans, Beamish Museum

Accessing and Managing Finance with Jeremy Middleton, Homeserve

23 SUMMER DRINKS 24 ROUND TABLE EVENTS

14 FOCUS DINNER

25 MENTORING DROP-IN SURGERIES

15 ON-SITE VISIT

26 REFER A FRIEND

16 EXCHANGE EVENT

27 PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

with John Hays, Hays Travel Newcastle International Airport

Leadership

17 MEMBER EVENT

Made in Britain, John Elliot, EBAC, Stuart Garner, Norton Motorcycles

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OUR EVENTS ARE UNMISSABLE, BUT DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT. SEE WHAT #NEENTREPRENEURS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT US RECENTLY: “I always come away from EF events very inspired.” “The event was just fantastic and did everything I had hoped it would ... after the event I was enthused and buzzing more than an electric pylon.” “Well done to the EF team. A fantastic event … if I had seen the full speaker list in advance I would have brought more team members with me.” “The best ran business event I’ve ever been to. The quality and production of the event is world-class. Bravo!!!!”

All you need to do is come along, be inspired, make connections and learn something new. Together we’re stronger. For the most up to date information and to book your place, visit www.entrepreneursforum.net/events

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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, MAKE NEW CONNECTIONS AND HELP BUSINESSES AND THE REGION GROW STRONGER. OUR EVENTS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES, INCLUDING: CHAIRMAN’S DINNER

FOCUS DINNERS

We mark the beginning of each year in inspirational style when our chairman is joined by a special guest to host a celebratory dinner for entrepreneurs.

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.

ENTREPRENEURIAL CONFERENCES NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURIAL The highlights of our event calendar, our annual AWARDS conferences are the most prestigious entrepreneurial events in the North East. We bring top-class speakers to the region from some of the most successful, innovative and entrepreneurial organisations in the world.

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Each year we celebrate the phenomenal success of North East entrepreneurs at our annual black-tie dinner where fun and entertainment are top of the agenda..

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ON-SITE VISITS

EXCHANGE PROGRAMME

ROUND TABLES

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 entrepreneur’s business.

Stimulating events that combine inspirational talks, presentations, interactive sessions and workshops, all exploring key business disciplines linked to organisational 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.

MEMBER EVENTS

MENTORING SURGERIES

SOCIAL EVENTS

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.

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 through your business challenges with some of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs.

A selection of informal events designed to help you meet with your peers in a relaxed environment and organised on an ad-hoc basis.

There’s no network quite like ours and we’ve got some incredible events lined up for you with some amazing speakers all waiting to share the entrepreneurial lessons they’ve learnt to help you on your journey. 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 will lead. Attendance at our events is exclusively for Entrepreneurs’ Forum members. Depending upon the type of event, numbers can also be limited by capacity, so make sure you don’t miss out by booking your place today. Simply visit www.entrepreneursforum.net/events or get in touch with one of our team at info@entrepreneursforum.net For the most up to date information and to book your place, visit www.entrepreneursforum.net/events

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FEBRUARY

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Developing a High Growth Mind-set Tuesday, 7th February, 8am – 11am The Forge, Teesside University, Darlington Campus

FOCUS DINNER

Bringing together the most aspirational North East entrepreneurs to create opportunity, make new connections and help businesses in the region grow stronger, our events come in all shapes and sizes.

JANUARY CHAIRMAN’S DINNER

with Mark Mullen, Atom Bank Tuesday, 24th January, 6.30pm – 11pm Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle

MEMBER EVENT

with Ian Leigh, Thai Leisure Group Tuesday, 31st January, 3.00pm – 5.30pm Chaophraya, Eldon Square, Newcastle

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P10 MARCH P15

EXCHANGE EVENT

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with John Waterworth, Parkdean Resorts Thursday, 9th February, 6.30pm – 10pm Café 21, Newcastle Quayside

ON-SITE VISIT

Hitachi Rail Tuesday, 14th February, 8.30am – 11am Hitachi Rail Europe, Newton Aycliffe

MARCH P13 MEMBER EVENT

with Richard Evans, Beamish Museum Tuesday, 7th March, 5.30pm – 8.30pm Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham

FOCUS DINNER

with John Hays, Hays Travel Tuesday, 14th March, 6.30pm – 10pm Seaham Hall, Seaham

ON-SITE VISIT

Newcastle International Airport Thursday, 23rd March, 8.30am - 11.30pm Woolsington, Newcastle

EXCHANGE EVENT

Leadership Thursday, 30th March, 8am – 11am Gateshead College, Baltic Campus, Gateshead

APRIL P17 MEMBER EVENT

Made in Britain Tuesday, 4th April, 6pm – 8.30pm The Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle

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TOGETHER WE CAN TAKE ON THE WORLD (Entrepreneurs’ Conference) Thursday, 11th May, 8am – 5.30pm Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle

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MAY EXCHANGE EVENT

Sales and Business Development Thursday, 25th May, 8am - 11am Ward Hadaway, Newcastle Quayside

P19 JULY P23 MENTORING P25 SUMMER DRINKS DROP-IN SURGERIES

JUNE P20 FOCUS DINNER

with James Lambert, R&R Ice-Cream Tuesday, 6th June, 6.30pm – 10pm The Coach House, Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas

Thursday, 6th July, 4.30pm – 7.30pm PwC, Central Square South, Newcastle

ROUND TABLE EVENTS DEVELOPING A HIGH GROWTH MIND-SET

Thursday, 9th March, 2pm - 4.30pm PwC, Central Square South, Newcastle

EXCHANGE EVENT

LEADERSHIP

MEMBER EVENT

SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Accessing and Managing Finance Tuesday, 27th June, 8am - 11am Beamish Hall Hotel, Beamish, County Durham with Jeremy Middleton, Homeserve Thursday, 29th June, 6pm – 8.30pm Ryder Architecture, Westgate Road, Newcastle

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Thursday, 27th April, 2pm - 4.30pm Brewin Dolphin, Time Square, Newcastle

Thursday, 16th February 1.30pm - 4.30pm PwC, Central Square South, Newcastle Thursday, 16th March 1.30pm - 4.30pm The Forge, Darlington Campus, Teesside University Thursday, 4th May 1.30pm - 4.30pm PwC, Central Square South, Newcastle Thursday, 22nd June 1.30pm - 4.30pm The Forge, Darlington Campus, Teesside University

Tuesday, 20th June, 2pm - 4.30pm Barclays, Newcastle Quayside

ACCESSING AND MANAGING FINANCE

Tuesday, 18th July, 2pm - 4.30pm Mansion House, Sedgefield

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

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CHAIRMAN’S DINNER:

Mark Mullen, Atom Bank

TUESDAY, 24TH JANUARY 6.30PM - 11PM Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle £99 + vat for members

Getting together with your peers, you’ll enjoy a wonderful dinner while hearing from Mark about the incredible journey he has been on building Atom Bank, the UK’s first digital-only challenger bank.

Getting the new year off to an inspirational start, our Chairman’s Dinner promises an evening of amazing business stories, shared experiences and new connections.

Launching in April 2016, Atom have already created 1.4m logos as part of an obsession to tailor their customer’s experience. They have also been listed as number eight in KPMG’s Global Fintech Innovators 100, the only UK company to make the top ten.

Set in the beautiful Jesmond Dene House, you and 100 of the region’s most aspirational entrepreneurs will join our chairman, Nigel Mills, and his special guest, Mark Mullen, CEO and co-founder of Atom Bank, for what promises to be one of the most popular events in our 2017 calendar.

Driven by a mission to make the banking industry better and a desire to make a difference in a sector renowned for focussing on shareholders rather than customers, there are very big things ahead for Mark and the Atom team, so don’t miss out on hearing their market redefining story.

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MEMBER EVENT:

Ian Leigh, Thai Leisure Group

TUESDAY, 31ST JANUARY 3PM - 5.30PM Chaophraya, Eldon Square, Newcastle FREE for members

teams across the UK, including Chelsea football team, and has brought a wealth of operational experience to Thai Leisure Group. Ditch the January detox and join us at Chaophraya for a tale of culture, growth and ambition alongside sampling what the restaurant has to offer.

Join us at the end of January for the first member event of the year with Iain Leigh, MD of Thai Leisure Group, responsible for both Thaikhun and Chaophraya restaurant chains. Operating currently out of 18 sites, with the first restaurant opening in 2004, ambitious plans remain afoot to cement their reputation as the leading Thai restaurant operator within the UK bringing a recognisable Thai brand across our cities and high-streets. As a family friend of Kim Kaewkraikhot, the initial founder of the first Chaophraya restaurant, Ian was asked to join the team to help the business grow after 11 years as MD of Bergander Ltd. Specialising in performance improvement, managing talent and organisational development, Ian worked alongside many professional sports clubs and

Chaophraya

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EXCHANGE EVENT:

Developing a High Growth Mind-set

TUESDAY, 7TH FEBRUARY, 8AM - 11AM The Forge, Teesside University, Darlington FREE for members

By striving to learn and consistently seeing opportunities to develop new skills, you will also inspire others to increase their ability along the way; and what employees wouldn’t want to work for a leader like that?

Do you have a fixed or growth mind-set? There’s a clear connection between companies with high ambition and the mind-set of their leaders. Join us to explore the importance of the growth mind-set, what you need to do to develop and maintain one, and how it can speed up the growth of your business. Hear from those at the cutting-edge of highperformance and discover how, with the right mental skills, confidence and focus, you can improve your capability and deliver at your very best when it matters most.

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FOCUS DINNER:

John Waterworth, Parkdean Resorts

THURSDAY, 9TH FEBRUARY 6.30PM - 10PM Café 21, Newcastle Quayside £75 +vat Entrepreneur members only Chief executive since its creation in 1999, John started Parkdean with the acquisition of Trecco Bay Holiday Park, the UK’s largest caravan park. 23 further park acquisitions followed over the years, as he led the business for flotation on AIM in 2002 and, in 2006, steered a management buyout as Parkdean were taken private by Alchemy Partners in a deal worth £230m.

Now with 73 parks generating EBITDA of over £100m, the Group sells 500,000 holidays each year, accommodating over 2m customers and selling over 5,000 holiday homes. With over 30 years’ experience in the leisure industry, John currently sits on a number of national caravan committees, is chairman of the British Graded Holidays Parks Scheme Committee, a member of the Tourism Council, a former director of the National Caravan Council and a previous board member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. North East Entrepreneur of the year, 2016, John has picked up numerous accolades within the industry and beyond in recognition of his business acumen and achievements.

Overseeing recent mergers with Park Resorts, South Lakeland Parks and South View Manor Park, and with the latest purchase of Vauxhall Holiday Park in July, John has created the first truly nationwide holiday park business in the UK - Parkdean Resorts.

John Waterworth

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ONSITE VISIT:

Hitachi Rail

TUESDAY, 14TH FEBRUARY 8.30AM - 11.30AM Hitachi Rail Europe, Newton Aycliffe FREE for members This brand new rail vehicle manufacturing facility will open its doors to Forum members for an exclusive on-site visit and tour behind the scenes at Hitachi Rail Europe, Newton Aycliffe. Built and developed to roll out the DfT-led Intercity Express Programme, alongside future Hitachi Rail projects, 35 vehicles can be manufactured each month with production capability including high-speed trains, commuter trains and metro trains.

With an £82m investment and the unit fully owned by Hitachi Rail Europe, the plant has created 730 new jobs, including a mix of skilled, semi-skilled, apprentice and graduate rolls, giving a much needed boost to employment in the local area. Trains manufactured on-site will be in service from late 2017 in the UK and Europe but if you can’t wait until then to see them, make sure you book your space with us today. Come and hear the story of Hitachi’s journey to the North East, what led them to invest in our region and what the future holds.

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MEMBER EVENT:

Richard Evans, Beamish Museum

THURSDAY, 7TH MARCH 5.30PM – 8.30PM Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham FREE for members As director of Beamish Museum since 2008, Richard Evans is the catalyst and leader responsible for moving the museum forward from a period of financial uncertainty to become one of the best open air museums in the world. Richard joined the business as the country entered recession. With an operational deficit of £250,000 from a turnover of £4m, and at a time when cuts from local authority funding were a certainty, the financial future of the attraction looked bleak.

Visitor numbers have doubled, employee numbers have increased from 170 to 365 and volunteering time has rocketed from 9,000 hours a year to 26,500. The future now looks bright for one of the North East’s most loved tourist attractions as Richard plans to deliver a £23m masterplan by 2025, and his success hasn’t gone unnoticed. Alongside Beamish, Richard’s expertise and creative thinking have led to positions on the National Museum Directors’ Council and lead partner in Major Partner Museum, funded by the Arts Council. Your tram awaits to take you back in time to hear the story of the future for this top North East attraction.

Cutting costs, re-investing, developing, driving change and implementing new business processes across the entire organisation have resulted in resounding success.

Richard Evans

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FOCUS DINNER:

John Hays, Hays Travel

TUESDAY 14TH MARCH 6.30PM – 10PM Seaham Hall, Seaham £75 +vat Entrepreneur members only Born and educated in the mining town of Seaham, John Hays founded Hays Travel with no experience in the travel industry in the back of his Mam’s children’s clothing shop.

As a recipient of many accolades - including a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Agent Achievement Awards in 2008, a place in the British Travel Industry Hall of Fame in 2010, and recipient of Freeman of the City of Sunderland, join John to hear how his business travelled from humble beginnings to the high-street and beyond.

Fast forward to today and the company operates over 130 high street travel agencies alongside call centres, a homeworking division with over 100 travel agents, interactive websites, over 1,500 employees and a phenomenal turnover of £840m. Recognised in 2006 as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, they entered the list a second time in 2016 and have an award-winning training department, continually re-investing in their own people, as the business grows.

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ON-SITE VISIT:

Newcastle International Airport

THURSDAY, 23RD MARCH 8.30AM - 11.30PM Woolsington, Newcastle FREE for members Connecting our region to the rest of the UK, Europe and the world, Newcastle International Airport opened in 1935 at a cost of just £35,000. It now contributes £646m into the North East economy each year, handling over 4.8m passengers and supporting 3,200 staff on site, with an additional 4,600 across the region. Recently named the world’s most punctual small airport, it’s success has a huge impact on the prosperity of our businesses, with around 200 tonnes of cargo coming in and out of the first-class freight village, enhanced substantially with the introduction of Emirates Sky Cargo, which operates a direct daily flight to the UAE and then beyond. A place we’ve all been through many times, this is your opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at the region’s biggest transport hub.

Newcastle International Airport

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EXCHANGE EVENT:

Leadership

THURSDAY 30TH MARCH, 8AM - 11AM Gateshead College, Baltic Campus FREE for members

If ever there was someone who could authentically lead under pressure it’s Floyd, and this is your chance to join him

for an inspirational morning learning about the secrets to exceptional leadership and performance.

One of the youngest soldiers ever to be selected for the SAS, Floyd Woodrow has served in many different operations globally, was presented with the UK’s second-highest award for gallantry, the Distinguished Conduct Medal, for his services whilst in Iraq and an MBE for his work in Afghanistan. During his time in the military Floyd studied law and psychology. Since leaving he has became a celebrated business author, an international leadership speaker, established a consultancy company, became a director of a number of organisations and been involved in many negotiations, from hostage rescue to business mergers, sales and helping companies to reach their potential.

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MEMBER EVENT:

Made in Britain

TUESDAY,4TH APRIL 6PM - 8.30PM The Assembly Rooms, Fenkle Street, Newcastle FREE for members To celebrate all that is good about British-made brands and manufacturing, we will be joined two people who are hugely passionate about putting the great into Britain by keeping alive the traditions and skilled craftsmanship it takes to develop world-leading products right here in the UK. Stuart Garner, a serial entrepreneur who, in 2008, brought the legendary British motorcycle manufacturer Norton Motorcycles back to the UK when it looked destined for the US scrap-heap. Fast-forward to today and Stuart has reawakened a giant of the automotive world and Norton is not only riding high again, but has a waiting list of over a year for its products with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Orlando Bloom having sat in the queue.

John Elliott is founder of Ebac and known throughout the North East as an ardent advocate for British manufacturing. His County Durham based business recently added a new product to their portfolio, investing ÂŁ7m in the development of the first British manufactured washing machines for 20 years. The result, a quality product, a steady stream of orders and a number of new contact wins with major retailers. Join us as we tune in to the thinking of two hugely successful entrepreneurs who are committed to keeping it British.

Made in Britain

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THURSDAY, 11TH MAY 8AM – 5PM Crowne Plaza, Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle £99 +vat for members and guests Following on from the success of our Global Entrepreneurship Week conference held in November, join us, fellow entrepreneurs and business owners from across the region at Together We Can Take On The World. Coming together at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle, for what is the highlight of our annual event calendar, this full day conference promises to share knowledge and experience to help grow your business, alongside some laughs from our host, BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Alfie Joey, who is back by popular demand to introduce our superb speakers.

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This year we look forward to welcoming some amazing speakers including: Sarah Wood, CEO of Unruly, Veuve Cliquot’s Business Woman of the Year 2016, the tech seer with the power to make any advert go viral. Josh Littlejohn, founder of Social Bite and the man responsible for bringing George Clooney, Bill Clinton and Leonardo Di Caprio to his small Edinburgh café.

Alfie Joey

Sarah Wood

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Sherry Coutu

Sherry Coutu, serial entrepreneur, co-author of the Scale-up Report, angel investor and founder of Founders4schools

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EXCHANGE EVENT:

Sales and Business Development

THURSDAY, 25TH MAY 8AM - 12PM Ward Hadaway, Newcastle Quayside FREE for members

entrepreneur Jason Knights (Blue Kangaroo), to share how they have been helping North East SMEs to develop their international sales using their contacts, expertise and professional network of staff in the UK’s Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

If you sold more and wasted less time and money in the process you’d be much happier, right? So why not join us for a masterclass in learning how to drive your business forward faster through sales.

In two parts, this event will help you to improve your sales skills and lift the lid on how easy it is to export your products and services. Joined by the author of Selling For Dummies, Ben Kench knows a huge amount about not only selling, but human nature and what it takes to build a business around getting more sales. Bringing a wealth of SME business experience, he’ll be sharing tips and advice that will help you tweak the way you manage people, processes and your product; where tiny changes can mean massive profits. With the altruistic aim of “enhancing the competitiveness of companies in Britain through overseas trade and investments”, Simon Crosby, from the Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI) will also be on hand, accompanied by local scale-up

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FOCUS DINNER:

James Lambert, R&R Ice-Cream

TUESDAY, 6TH JUNE 6.30PM – 10PM The Coach House, Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas £75 +vat Entrepreneur members only Following a fantastic talk at our May 2016 conference, we are delighted to invite James Lambert, OBE, back to the Forum to share his story around the dinner table.

Having guided R&R from £40k to £700m to be Europe’s largest own-label ice cream manufacturer, James is currently chairman of Burton’s Business Co, Animalcare Group Plc, Inspired Pet Nutrition Limited and a non-exec board member at Story Homes and Meadow Foods. Come along and hear James share his sweet story of success in an intimate, relaxed environment.

James began his career in cattle breeding, seeing the opportunity to make his own mark in 1985 and, alongside friend Jonathan Roper, bought a small ice-cream business, setting out to transform it into an international enterprise.

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EXCHANGE EVENT:

Accessing and Managing Finance

TUESDAY, 27TH JUNE 8AM - 11AM Beamish Hall Hotel, Beamish, County Durham FREE for members Financing growth is a rollercoaster as there are many types available, but accessing the right resources will unlock your business’ growth. Joined by experts in accessing finance and managing a growing business’ cash flow, we will be looking at the options available to entrepreneurs, from bank loans to equity investment. Cash management is the pulse of any business and with almost half of all UK SME owners having risked personal funds to meet business goals rather than raise cash elsewhere, our experts will be sharing advice to ensure you remain on the right financial path and spot any warning signs well in advance. Come along, identify what type of finance is right for you and how best to secure and manage it. For the most up to date information and to book your place, visit www.entrepreneursforum.net/events

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MEMBER EVENT:

Jeremy Middleton, Homeserve

THURSDAY, 29TH JUNE 6PM – 8.30PM Ryder Architecture, Westgate Road, Newcastle FREE for members HomeServe Plc began with humble beginnings as FastFix on Osborne Road, Jesmond, and has grown with astounding success to its current position with a market capitalisation approaching £2bn and over 4,700 employees globally.

Jeremy remains on the Executive Committee, founded investment company Middleton Enterprises, received an CBE for charitable services in 2012 and remains a true advocate of the North East region. Join Jeremy to hear how HomeServe got started, what worked, what didn’t, and what the future holds.

Leaving Procter & Gamble in the late 1980s, Jeremy Middleton and Richard Harpin, co-founders, set up an emergency property repair business called FastFix. After a difficult beginning, and with a brute determination to succeed, the business evolved into HomeServe Plc, now based in the West Midlands.

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Summer Drinks THURSDAY, 6TH JULY 4.30PM – 7.30PM PwC, Central Square South, Newcastle FREE for members At the end of a long hot summer day, take off your suit jacket and put the laptop away. Forget all your problems and stop your work thinking, come join us on a rooftop for some sociable drinking. You can admire the stunning view from PwC’s top deck, it’s easy to get to, you won’t have to trek. We’d be delighted if you could join our team and your peers, for another great evening of networking, canapés and beers. Just pop along anytime from four thirty on, but don’t forget to book your place now, before they’re all gone!

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Round Table Events Our chaired round table debates are a great way to come together and meet like-minded entrepreneurs, learn more about a subject and share your knowledge and expertise. Why not come along and join fellow entrepreneurs and business leaders for a lively discussion on a topical subject, linked to business growth.

FREE for members DEVELOPING A HIGH GROWTH MIND-SET Thursday, 9th March 2pm - 4.30pm PwC, Central Square South, Newcastle

LEADERSHIP Thursday, 27th April 2pm - 4.30pm Brewin Dolphin, Time Square, Newcastle

SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Tuesday, 20th June 2pm - 4.30pm Barclays, Newcastle Quayside

ACCESSING AND MANAGING FINANCE Tuesday, 18th July 2pm - 4.30pm Mansion House, Sedgefield

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

Free for entrepreneur members only For more information or to request mentoring support, contact Michael on 0191 500 7780 or michael@entrepreneursforum.net

Thursday, 16th February 1.30pm - 4.30pm PwC, Central Square South, Newcastle

Thursday, 16th March 1.30pm - 4.30pm The Forge, Teesside University, Darlington Campus

Thursday, 4th May 1.30pm - 4.30pm PwC, Central Square South, Newcastle

Thursday, 22nd June 1.30pm - 4.30pm The Forge, Teesside University, Darlington Campus

“None of us got 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

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

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Refer a friend Our ‘refer a friend’ program is designed to encourage you to share the benefits of Forum membership with fellow entrepreneurs. When you recruit a new member you help to ensure the Forum continues to grow stronger and our region prospers. Once your friend has joined, as a thank you we will invite you to our next entrepreneurial conference (Together We Can Take On The World or Fortune Favours The Brave) as our guest, free of charge - usual cost £99 +vat.

Share the benefits of the Forum with your peers... The Entrepreneurs’ Forum brings entrepreneurs and business leaders together to help businesses grow and make the North East stronger. Opportunity is created when you meet people you didn’t know you needed to meet – our members. We want you to help us bring more of the regions change makers together. Don’t keep it to yourself, we’re stronger together.

Terms & conditions apply: • The referred Member must include the referring Member’s name on their membership application form. • The offer for complimentary conference admission is subject to the referred Member being fully subscribed before the conference takes place. • The cost for Forum members to attend one of our entrepreneurial conferences is £99 (+VAT). • Referrals cannot be shared or transferred. • The referred Member must meet the Forums membership criteria. Thank you for your support.

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Partnership Opportunities TOGETHER WE CAN TAKE ON THE WORLD The highlight of our event calendar, Together We Can Take On The World brings together 300 of the North East’s most influential and successful entrepreneurs at this prestigious full-day conference held at the Crowne Plaza on Thursday, 11th May. A unique opportunity, this is your chance to work in partnership with the Forum to get your company in front of the right people with one of our sponsorship packages. Headline Partner The only organisation to address our captive audience of 300 entrepreneur’s, access to delegate list in advance, company profile across the day, media inclusion in the run up too, on the day of and following the event, exhibitor space, full page ad in the conference brochure, on-stage & screen branding, on-stage acknowledgement, 4 conference places.

Associate / Speaker Partner Sponsor one of our inspirational speakers and get advance access to our delegate list, inclusion in all pre and post event media, the opportunity to create a pre-speaker promotional video or have the host read a script on your behalf, exhibitor space, on-stage & screen branding throughout your session, company description and thanks printed in the conference brochure, 4 conference places.

Printed Conference Brochure Partner Raise your profile and have a presence throughout the day at a smaller cost be becoming our printed conference brochure partner; including a full page, description and thanks in the brochure, on-stage acknowledgement, access to the delegate list in advance, exhibitor space and 2 conference spaces. With sponsorship opportunities starting from £600, get in touch with the team today to discuss your own bespoke requirements; info@entreprenuersforum.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…

Find out more:

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:

Pop into see us at Baltimore House Baltic Business Quarter Gateshead NE8 3DF

Give us a call on 0191 500 7780

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Send us an email at info@entrepreneursforum.net

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Events Calendar  

The Entrepreneurs' Forum members' calendar of inspirational events for January to July 2017.

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