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ABOUT THE ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM As a not-for-profit organisation, our aim is altruistic: to help North East entrepreneurs grow their businesses within our wonderful region. We provide inspiration and a helping hand to our members so they can speed up the growth of their company, create wealth and generate new jobs. We do this by bringing together likeminded people to share ideas, knowledge, connections, inspiration and opportunities, through a year-round series of events, a programme of peer-topeer mentoring support and by championing our entrepreneurial community both regionally and nationally.

Offering inspiration and a helping hand, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum brings business owners together to help them increase their leadership capability and grow their organisations; making the North East stronger.

OUR VISION:

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

OUR MISSION: To provide a dynamic entrepreneurial environment that helps entrepreneurs and business leaders to be inspired, to create connections and to share knowledge that leads to business growth and success.


ENTREPRENEURS’ FORUM IN NUMBERS With membership exclusive to aspirational business owners who are running their own enterprise and keen to continue growing it, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum sits at the heart of the North East business community. Founded in 2002 by Sir Peter Vardy and Lorna Moran OBE, we now support over 300 entrepreneurs who, combined, employ over 23,000 people and bring more than £2.3 billion into the North East economy each year. Entrepreneurs’ Forum members are all high profile leaders, founders and business owners. They represent a group of powerful and significant change makers in the region.

BY TURNOVER:

FROM ALL SECTORS:

REGIONWIDE:


CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP We're proud to be partnered by a growing number of corporate organisations who all support entrepreneurship and are experts in their field. Sharing our ambition to make the region stronger, each of our partners cares deeply about the North East and the people that live and work here; vying to make a positive contribution to its economic development.

WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP… together we’re stronger. By bringing together entrepreneurs and corporate leaders to work in collaboration and share business experience, we believe we create the right environment for businesses to develop and grow. With sector exclusive agreements, each of our corporate partners are experts in their own field and keen to support SMEs and entrepreneurial businesses. If you're the CEO or leader of a business that operates in a B2B environment but wouldn't normally qualify to join the Forum, then our Corporate Partnership is the perfect way for you and some of your senior team to become part of our unique network. With a host of major organisations already signed up, we work with our partners closely to ensure they all experience the enormous advantages of joining forces with the Forum.

Benefits include: •

Raise your business’ profile amongst the region’s most aspirational entrepreneurs - through joint branded literature, promotion and events;

Be the only company in your sector to gain exclusive and unprecedented personal access to 300 of the most senior decision-makers in the North East business community;

Be associated with an organisation whose aim is to help grow businesses and generate wealth in the North East;

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

Gain exposure and build business relationships with both entrepreneurs and our other high profile corporate business leaders;

You and three of your senior team will benefit from an exclusive first-class learning and networking environment, giving you access to industry experts and mentors through more than 25 of our inspirational and entrepreneurial events each year;

Have the opportunity to raise your profile with business leaders and entrepreneurs by hosting and jointly developing events;

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

Gain increased profile on www.entrepreneursforum.net - including a business profile, adding news and PR stories, links back to your own website and regular signposting from our monthly e-newsletter and new member welcome emails.

If you’re looking to raise the profile of your organisation amongst the region’s most aspirational entrepreneurs and want a partnership that aligns you with success, then simply call Gillian Marshall on (0191) 500 7780 or contact our team at info@entrepreneursforum.net for more information.

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Corporate Partnership reduces to £12,000 (+VAT) per year if we agree a three-year partnership.


“As the leading professional services firm in the region, we are able to share our experiences with Forum members, assisting them in their development and growth as well as building relationships with North East entrepreneurs that we hope to sustain for the long term.

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- JONATHAN GREENAWAY (partner, PwC)


EVENT PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES In the last twelve months we've seen more than 1,500 business leaders come together at our events and connected over 200 entrepreneurs through our peer-to-peer mentoring programme. There really is no network quite like it, and we work hard to make sure we offer an incredible year-round programme of events, with amazing speakers ready to share the entrepreneurial lessons they’ve learnt to help our region’s business owners with their journey.

HIGHLIGHT EVENTS: Founded in 2002, we have built up a rich history of hosting inspirational business events, which have won numerous national awards and become renowned for excellence of both content and the people in the room. Each year we hold over 40 events, with four of these being the highlights of our year-round programme; the most high profile business gatherings in the region. As event partner at one of our most popular and well attended events, your business will not only be aligned with entrepreneurship and helping businesses to grow, but it will receive unrivalled exposure amongst the North East’s most aspirational entrepreneurs and business leaders.

CHAIRMAN’S DINNER We begin each year in inspirational style when our chairman, Nigel Mills, is joined by a very special guest to host a celebratory dinner for entrepreneurs.

ENTREPRENEURIAL CONFERENCES The highlights of our event calendar, our spring and autumn conferences are the two 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 around the world. NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS Each year we celebrate the phenomenal success of North East entrepreneurs at an annual black-tie dinner where fun and entertainment are top of the agenda. Awards include: Emerging Talent; Mentor of the Year; Entrepreneur of the Year; and Lifetime Achievement.


CHAIRMAN’S DINNER Tuesday 24th January, 6.30pm until 11pm, Jesmond Dene House Hotel, Newcastle.

Getting the New Year in business off to an inspirational start, our Chairman’s Dinner is an entrepreneur only event which will see 100 of the region’s most prominent business owners come together for a wonderful evening in the atmospheric Jesmond Dene House. An intimate event on a large scale, our Chairman’s Dinner has only one partnership opportunity:

NETWORKING / DRINKS PARTNER

an enjoyable evening. I’ve been very “ What impressed with the organisation and type of people it has attracted. Thank you! ”

As our exclusive networking / drinks partner, you will be the only company associated with the event and the evening drinks reception and table wine.

Benefits include: •

2x guest places at the Chairman’s Dinner;

On-stage acknowledgement during the chairman’s opening address;

Pre-event access to the delegate list / table plan;

Included in all pre and post-event media activity;

Company profile throughout the event: ‐ Pop up stands in the networking area; ‐ Branding on-stage and screen throughout the evening; ‐ Branded tickets on all complimentary dinner table wine bottles.

For more find out more about our Chairman’s Dinner, simply contact any of the Forum team on (0191) 500 7780 or info@entrepreneursforum.net.


ENTREPRENEURS’ CONFERENCES

TOGETHER WE CAN TAKE ON THE WORLD

FORTUNE FAVOURS THE BRAVE

SPRING ENTREPRENEURS’CONFERENCE Thursday 11th May, 9am – 5pm Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle

PART OF GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK Thursday 16th November, 9am – 5pm Redworth Hall, Newton Aycliffe, Durham

The highlights of our event calendar, our two annual conferences are the most prestigious entrepreneurial events in the North East. Full days of inspiration, they bring together between 250 and 300 of the region’s foremost business leaders with top-class speakers from some of the most successful, innovative and entrepreneurial organisations in the world. Entrepreneurs come together to meet, listen, share and enjoy a celebration of entrepreneurship; connecting with potential collaborators, mentors and even investors, as well as being introduced to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

It was mesmerising and “ inspirational and I had an epiphany moment! It was great to take time out of the day-to-day and to have the opportunity to listen to worldclass speakers: what calibre. All totally different people and experiences, yet all had the same underlying messages. Thank you!

Past speakers have included: Ben Hunt-Davis, Fabulous Flournoy, Richard Tait, Charlie Mullins, George Clark, Paul McGee, Kresse Wesling, Caprice, Robert Forrester, Lara Morgan, Petra Wetzel, plus many more.

To find out more about either of our entrepreneurs’ conferences, simply contact any of the Forum team on (0191) 500 7780 or info@entrepreneursforum.net.


HEADLINE PARTNER

As Headline Partner, you will be the only organisation with the opportunity to address the audience of more than 250 entrepreneurs. We will also work with you to develop a bespoke programme of promotional activity, where appropriate, that will ensure you receive maximum benefit from our partnership.

Benefits include: • • • • •

4x guest places at the conference; Pre-event access to the conference delegate list; Included in all pre and post-event media activity; Access to conference press, photography, video content and feedback; Company profile throughout the event: ‐ On-stage acknowledgement and thanks from our event host; ‐ Showcase your organisation at the start of the conference with a speaker opportunity; ‐ Exhibition table in social/lunch area with giveaway/sampling opportunities; ‐ Branding on-stage and screen throughout the conference; ‐ Company description and thanks in the printed conference programme; ‐ Full page advertisement in the printed conference programme.

ASSOCIATE / SPEAKER PARTNER Up to three associate partnership opportunities are available at each conference, aligning your organisation with one of our speaker sessions throughout the day.

Benefits include: • • • • •

4x guest places at the conference; Pre-event access to the conference delegate list; Included in all pre and post-event media activity; Access to conference press, photography, video content and feedback; Company profile throughout the event: ‐ On-stage acknowledgement and thanks from our event host; ‐ Opportunity to create your own promotional company video; ‐ Showcase your organisation at the start of one of the speaker sessions with a short video or host read script; ‐ Exhibition table in social/lunch area with giveaway/sampling opportunities; ‐ Branding on-stage and screen throughout your specific session; ‐ Company description and thanks in the printed conference programme.

NETWORKING / DRINKS PARTNER

As our exclusive networking / drinks partner, you will be the only company associated with the post-event drinks reception.

Benefits include: • • • •

2x guest places at the conference; Pre-event access to the delegate list; Included in all pre and post-event media activity; Company profile throughout the event: ‐ On-stage acknowledgement and thanks from our host; ‐ Pop up stands and exhibition space in the networking area; ‐ Company description and thanks in printed event brochure.


PRINTED CONFERENCE PROGRAMME PARTNER

As partner of our printed conference programme, you will be able to raise your profile amongst more than 250 of the region’s most aspirational entrepreneurs and business leaders for a small cost.

Benefits include: • • •

2x guest places at the conference; Pre-event access to the conference delegate list; Company profile throughout the event: ‐ On-stage acknowledgement and thanks from our event host; ‐ Exhibition table in networking/lunch area with giveaway/sampling opportunities; ‐ Company description and thanks in the printed conference programme; ‐ Full page advertisement in the printed conference programme.

To find out more about either of our entrepreneurs’ conferences, simply contact any of the Forum team on (0191) 500 7780 or info@entrepreneursforum.net.


NORTH EAST ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS - 2017 Friday 29th September, 6.30pm until late, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle.

As the leading organisation for entrepreneurs in the region, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum is the champion of the North East entrepreneurial community. Established by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, we have celebrated the success of the region’s finest business minds at our annual black-tie awards dinner for each of the last fourteen years. Awards are not exclusive to Entrepreneurs’ Forum members, but they are only open to owner-managers of organisations currently based in the North East. Our awards include: • Emerging Talent; • Mentor of the Year; • Entrepreneur of the Year; • Lifetime Achievement. PREVIOUS WINNERS: Entrepreneur of the Year

Emerging Talent

Lifetime Achievement

Mentor of the Year

2004

John Hays, Hays Travel

2005

Steven Bell, Bells Stores

2006

Mike Browne, SCS

Tarek Nseir, TH_NK

2007

Ian Baggett, Adderstone Group

Matthew James, UK Biometrics

2008

Dr Tony Trapp, IHC Engineering

Lisa Hart Shepherd, Acritas

Michael Hogan, Esh Group

2009

Graeme Lowdon, Nomad Digital

Greg Phillips, North East Bakery

Alan Reece, SMD

2010

Anne Ganley, Thompson Building

Chris Peacock, Peacocks Medical

Bob Thompson, Pyeroy

2011

Phil Cronin, Tombola

Sara Davies, Crafter’s Companion

Anne Preston, Preston’s of Potto

2012

Bill Scott, Wilton Group

Brett Jacobson, Mediaworks

John Squires, Benfield Motors

2013

Jeff Winn, Winn Solicitors

Rob Mathieson, AYO Digital

Sir Peter Vardy, Vardy Group

2014

Ian Watson, Hadrian Healthcare

David Lynch, Lynch Healthcare

Sir John Hall, Cameron Hall

2015

Geoff Thompson, Utilitywise

Alice Hall, Pink Boutique

Geoff Turnbull, GT Group

Alastair Waite, Atrelli Ltd

2016

John Waterworth, Parkdean

John Savage, Flame Heating

John J Fenwick, Fenwick Ltd

James Robson, Alexander Jewitt


HEADLINE PARTNER

As Headline Partner, you will be the only organisation with the opportunity to address the audience of more than 300 business leaders. We will also work with you to develop a bespoke programme of promotional activity, where appropriate, that will ensure you receive maximum benefit from our partnership.

Benefits include: • • • • •

Table for 10 people at the awards dinner; Pre-event access to the evening’s table plan; Included in all pre and post-event media activity; Access to awards press, photography and feedback; Company profile throughout the event: ‐ On-stage acknowledgement and thanks from our compere; ‐ Showcase your organisation at the start of the evening with a speaker opportunity; ‐ Branding on-stage and screen throughout the awards; ‐ Company description and thanks in the printed awards programme; ‐ Full page advertisement in the printed awards programme.

AWARD SPONSOR

As award sponsor, you have the opportunity to align yourself with one of our four award categories, including Mentor of the Year, Emerging Talent, Entrepreneur of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

Benefits include: • • • • •

Table for 10 people at the awards dinner; Pre-event access to the evening’s table plan; Included in all pre and post-event media activity; Access to awards press, photography and feedback; Company profile throughout the event: ‐ On-stage acknowledgement and thanks from our compere; ‐ Opportunity to present the award on-stage alongside our host; ‐ Branding on-stage and screen throughout the awards; ‐ Company description and thanks in the printed awards programme.

NETWORKING / DRINKS PARTNER

As our exclusive networking / drinks partner, you will be the only company associated with the evening drinks reception and complimentary table wine.

Benefits include: • • • • •

Table for 10 people at the awards dinner; Pre-event access to the evening’s table plan; Included in all pre and post-event media activity; Access to awards press, photography and feedback; Company profile throughout the event: ‐ On-stage acknowledgement and thanks from our compere; ‐ Pop up stands in the networking area; ‐ Branded tickets on all complimentary dinner table wine bottles; ‐ Branding on-stage and screen throughout the evening; ‐ Company description and thanks in the printed awards programme.

To find out more about partnership opportunities at the North East Entrepreneurial Awards, simply contact any of the Forum team on (0191) 500 7780 or info@entrepreneursforum.net.


AFTER-DINNER SPEAKER

As the only company associated with our after-dinner entertainment, you will not only align your company with entrepreneurial success, but also with our chosen speaker; 2014’s speaker was Perry McCarthy, the original Top Gear Stig.

Benefits include: • • • • •

Table for 9 people (plus our after dinner speaker) at the awards dinner; Pre-event access to the evening’s table plan; Included in all pre and post-event media activity; Access to awards press, photography and feedback; Company profile throughout the event: ‐ On-stage acknowledgement and thanks from our compere; ‐ Branding on-stage and screen throughout the evening; ‐ Company description and thanks in the printed awards programme.

PRINTED AWARDS PROGRAMME PARTNER As partner of our printed awards programme, you will be able to raise your profile amongst 300 of the region’s most prominent business leaders for a small cost.

Benefits include: • • •

2x guest places at the awards dinner; Pre-event access to the evening’s table plan; Company profile throughout the event: ‐ On-stage acknowledgement and thanks from our event host; ‐ Company description and thanks in the printed awards programme; ‐ Full page advertisement in the printed awards programme.

To find out more about partnership opportunities at the North East Entrepreneurial Awards, simply contact any of the Forum team on (0191) 500 7780 or info@entrepreneursforum.net.


“I always come away from EF events very inspired.”

“Completely blown away … by far the best event I’ve been to with the Forum.”

“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.”

“It was a fantastic insight into a completely different business model to the one I am used to! Couldn’t stop talking about it when I got back.”

“The best ran business event I’ve ever been to. The quality and production of the event is world-class. Bravo!!!!”

“I can’t thank you enough … it was a money can’t buy experience and has caused some extremely interesting discussions into my own way of working. BIG THANKS!”

“Took away some really tangible ideas for our business as we take over the world in our own little way!” “Excellent, inspirational content. Lots of food for thought!”

“Flawless. Well done to everyone involved.”

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