EF News

Entrepreneur Interview: with Jamie Brown, Francis Brown

Posted on the 25 May 2018

Tell us about your background in business?After graduating from Newcastle University as an agricultural engineer, I secured a place on a graduate training programme with SCA Packaging, in Hartlepool. From there, I joined the family business, Francis Brown, which was founded...

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Control of East Coast Mainline must stop ‘flip-flopping’ to ensure it becomes truly-effective part of transport infrastructure, says Entrepreneurs’ Forum Chairman

Posted on the 16 May 2018

James Robson, Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: “The operation of the East Coast Mainline has to stop flip-flopping between franchise and Government control if it is ever to become a truly-effective part of our transport infrastructure.  “Our North East m...

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‘Don’t ignore common sense, it’s one of the secrets to business success’, Sir John Timpson tells North East entrepreneurs

Posted on the 11 May 2018

Sir John Timpson has told North East entrepreneurs the secret behind business success, to not ignore common sense and trust in the people you employ. Speaking in Newcastle to an audience of 300 business owners at the Entrepreneurs’ Forum conference, 'Together We Can Take...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Andrew Tomlinson, Andrew James

Posted on the 25 April 2018

Tell us about your background in businessI left home at 17, with no real qualifications and did a number of jobs, mostly working in factories. It was three years later when I set up my first business in the food manufacturing industry, with support from The Prince’s Trust. It was...

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Journal Business Column: March 2018

Posted on the 21 March 2018

Read our Chairman James Robson’s latest column, published on 21 March in the Journal.Britain was historically derided as a ‘nation of shopkeepers’, but I have always believed we have a better reputation as a nation of entrepreneurs.   That said, a new survey from NatWest ques...

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Forum chairman to offer insight into angel investment for the next generation of entrepreneurs

Posted on the 12 March 2018

Entrepreneurs’ Forum Chairman James Robson is to provide an insight into the benefits of working with angel investors to a group of PHD students at Newcastle University’s Open Lab. Taking place on 20 March at the university’s Urban Sciences Building at Science Central, t...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Matt McGough, Ithica Films

Posted on the 9 March 2018

Tell me a bit about your background in business I studied film at Teesside University and, in my second year they put me forward for an opportunity at a firm that was looking to recruit. I’ve been working professionally in film since about 2004, and contributed to some significa...

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Growing the region’s entrepreneurial community

Posted on the 9 February 2018

James Robson is very much looking to the future as he starts his tenure as chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.The Teesside-based business owner, investor and mentor is very proud of the companies he has set up and those he has helped to grow in the region and believes that more...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Mick Guthrie, Whitewaters

Posted on the 24 January 2018

Tell me about your background in business?Having graduated from the University of Humberside in marketing, I worked in several sales and marketing positions prior to establishing Whitewaters.How was Whitewaters formed?My background was in industrial piping systems, and I establis...

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James Robson announced as new Chairman of Entrepreneurs’ Forum

Posted on the 8 January 2018

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has announced it has appointed experienced North East business owner, mentor and investor James Robson MBE as its new Chairman. James succeeds Nigel Mills CBE, who has held the position for six years and is a highly-active entrepreneur who has launch...

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