Recent Events

14 March 2017

Focus Dinner with John Hays, Hays Travel

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. Fast forward to today and the company operates...

09 March 2017

Round Table Debate: Developing a High Growth Mindset

Our first Round Table of the year, 'Developing a High Growth Mindset,' following on from our first Exchange event, on Thursday the 9th of March. Our chaired round table discussions are a great way to meet like-minded...

07 March 2017

Member Event: Richard Evans, Director of Beamish Museum

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....

16 February 2017

Mentoring Drop-In Session

If you have a business challenge and would benefit from speaking to a mentor about it, why not try one of our drop-in sessions? Open to our entrepreneurial members, our mentoring drop-in session on Thursday the 16th o...

14 February 2017

On-site visit to Hitachi

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 o...

09 February 2017

Focus Dinner with John Waterworth, Parkdean Resorts

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 bu...

07 February 2017

Exchange Event: Developing a High Growth Mindset

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; so come and join us while we explore the importance of a growth mind-set, what...

31 January 2017

Member Event: Ian Leigh, Managing Director at Thai Leisure Group

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...