The Entrepreneurs' Forum is an organisation of like-minded peers, supported by a strong board that is here to help you:
"There is only one constant in business and that is change. We cannot be expected to know all the answers all of the time, however within our own businesses our teams often believe and expect us to do just that. The Entrepreneurs' Forum exists to help fellow entrepreneurs grow their businesses by learning from each other. The Forum has proved invaluable to me over the years to help me successfully build and grow my various business interests."
"The Entrepreneurs' Forum is an integral part of the North-East business community but is in no way typical of a business support organisation. It's so important for the future of our region that we continue to foster entrepreneurship, encourage people to start and develop businesses and to retain our best talent - that is what the Forum aims to achieve."
"I value the Forum as it provides the ideal platform for like-minded individuals to talk peer to peer about ideas and opportunities to develop their business. The North East’s most important priority is new jobs. The best way to create these is by growing private sector businesses, hence the need for the Entrepreneurs’ Forum's vital work."
"Supporting local businesses is rewarding because investing in them and helping to remove barriers to growth such as access to finance , skills and promoting best practice generally leads to increased productivity and competitiveness, which is fantastic for the North East and UK economy. There's a huge amount of pride in the North East and this creates an environment for self-perpetuating growth."
Brian is the Executive Chairman of Eutechnyx, one of the world's leading independent video game developers. A hobbyist programmer in his teens, Brian founded the company as Zeppelin Games Limited in Gateshead in 1987 and now has studios in mainland China, Hong Kong and Charlotte, USA.
"I value the opportunity to meet all members, help others grow their business, create connections and fly the flag for one of the North's most active entrepreneurial organisations. Running and growing a business can be incredibly lonely and ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’, so having the Forum as a critical friend in a time of need is one of the best investments any business could make."
Founder and director of Exwold, James has recently changed to being it's non-executive director in order to make more time for supporting other North East companies who are experiencing some of the issues which Exwold has had to overcome. His own consultancy business Alexander Jewitt & Co. Ltd provides mentoring and hands on resource to SME's in the region and in 2011 james recieved an MBE for his services to North East business.
"I’ve been a Forum member for many years and throughout that period the Forum has been a pivotal North East organisation that has not only inspired me to go that extra mile, but a platform that has enabled me to discuss the wider business ‘ups and downs’ with other entrepreneurial individuals; an invaluable asset in the North East not to be taken lightly."
"I accepted the invitation to join the board of the Forum as I reckon it's payback time for all the support and encouragement its members have given me over the past few years... some of which haven't been easy. It is good to know we are not alone."
Brendon is a co-founder, shareholder and director of OSBIT Power Ltd, having led engineering projects at SMD and Pearson, before establishing new markets and products as Engineering Director at Pipecoil Ltd. Brendon leads OP's technical team.
Former managing director of Ebac, Pamela is passionate about Great British Manufacturing, recently adding the UK’s only British manufactured washing machines to the company’s portfolio.