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Nigel Mills Receives CBE in New Year's Honours

Posted on the 4 January 2018

Entrepreneurs’ Forum chairman Nigel Mills has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for services to entrepreneurship and business in the North East and Cumbria. As a founder member of the Forum, Nigel joined the board in 2009, stepping up to become chairman in...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Vivienne Herrera-Lee, Properties Unique

Posted on the 4 January 2018

Tell me a bit about your background in business I’ve worked for over 30 years both at home and abroad as a Personal Assistant...or Secretary, as we were called in those days. I spent part of the role searching for alternative accommodation for visitors if they didn’t want to sta...

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ScaleUp Institute report highlights cluster of North East fast-growth businesses and support provided by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum

Posted on the 5 December 2017

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has endorsed the findings of the latest report from the national ScaleUp Institute, which highlights the role of fast growing North East businesses in the UK economy.   The ScaleUp Institute’s 2017 Review provides a comprehensive pictur...

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North East entrepreneurs are positive about the future and see Brexit as an opportunity

Posted on the 4 December 2017

Entrepreneurs in the North East are feeling increasingly optimistic about the future, according to a report commissioned by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. In the latest Entrepreneurs’ Forum Business Tracker Survey, two-thirds of business leaders said that they were more optimisti...

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Pivots can change communities as well as businesses

Posted on the 30 November 2017

By Nigel Mills, Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum A key element of evolution, in business as much as in nature, is the ability to adapt to survive and prosper in a changing environment.  For entrepreneurs and business leaders, this has become known as the ‘pivot’ –...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with David Harrison, True Potential

Posted on the 28 November 2017

Tell me a bit about your background in business From leaving school I was mostly self-employed working on building sites and in my late 20s, I began to employ bricklayers. Towards the end of my construction career, we were picking up several housebuilding contracts. I broke my...

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Entrepreneurs have major role to play in maximising on North East devolution, says Nigel Mills

Posted on the 24 November 2017

Entrepreneurs’ Forum Chairman Nigel Mills, gives his views on the devolution deal for Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland announced in the Budget this week. Nigel said: “Devolution is a huge step towards becoming the masters of our own destiny and capitalising on t...

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Entrepreneurs taking chances prove they can also do some good for society at major conference

Posted on the 17 November 2017

North East entrepreneurs have been told that success comes only after taking chances, at the Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s Global Entrepreneurship Week conference in County Durham. At ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’, more than 200 of the region’s leading business people gathered to...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Jennifer Bernard, Bernard Interiors

Posted on the 20 October 2017

Jennifer Bernard established interior architecture and design company Bernard Interiors in 2008, realising her dream of owning her own business. The firm specialises in interior architecture and design for luxury commercial and residential projects throughout the UK and abroad. I...

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Journal column: The skills shortage and poor productivity are urgent issues

Posted on the 19 October 2017

Read our Chairman, Nigel Mills' latest column, as featured in The Journal on 19/10/17The stark headlines in last Friday’s Journal reporting the dramatic fall in the number of new apprenticeships was a clear shot across the bow of businesses aiming to remain productive and comp...

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