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Entrepreneurs' Forum welcomes 'common sense' scrapping of National Insurance rise for self-employed

Posted on the 15 March 2017

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has welcomed the announcement that the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has cancelled the rise in National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed, which was announced in the Spring Budget last week. Gillian Marshall, Chief Executive of the Entrepr...

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Budget fails to help scale-up ambitions, says more than 80 percent of entrepreneurs

Posted on the 9 March 2017

North East entrepreneurs have criticised the Spring Budget for its lack of support for the scale-up ambitions of businesses.In a snap poll by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, 83 percent of responding members believe the Budget would fail to support scale-up ambitions of businesses.Expla...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Guy Letts, CustomerSure

Posted on the 1 March 2017

Guy Letts founded CustomerSure, a software product that tracks customer satisfaction in real time and helps companies gain valuable insights on their products and services. Before starting his business Guy held roles including R&D Director and Head of Services at Sage. T...

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Building on North East Business Sucess

Posted on the 15 February 2017

I was delighted to read that the North East has the greatest proportion of high-growth companies per number of businesses in the UK. The fact that we have the fastest growing business population of every region, even London and the South East, and that a larger share of these...

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More work needed in the North East to provide growth and jobs

Posted on the 15 February 2017

Commenting on today’s employment figures, Nigel Mills, Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: “While the employment picture looks positive nationally, there is clearly more work needed in the North East to provide growth and jobs. Almost all growth in new jobs comes from...

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High Growth Mind-set

Posted on the 9 February 2017

On 7th February we had the privilege of hearing from performance coach and mentor Simon Hartley and his mentee, Olympian and Commonwealth champion swimmer, Chris Cook.Two people who know what it takes to become world-class, they shared an inspirational insight into how we can all...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Jason Knights, Blue Kangaroo

Posted on the 9 February 2017

North East Entrepreneur Jason Knights founded Blue Kangaroo, an independent UK based creative agency, in 2006 after a career in the military, then in printing and design. The agency now works with many of the biggest global brands in the toy, entertainment and licensing world.Tel...

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Entrepreneurs’ Forum backs ‘brain drain’ challenge

Posted on the 3 February 2017

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has endorsed former Chancellor George Osborne’s belief that the North faces being left behind if the ‘brain drain’ of graduates isn’t stemmed.  The organisation believes that more needs to be done to highlight the benefits of living and working in the...

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Entrepreneurs at the heart of GDP growth

Posted on the 26 January 2017

Commenting on the publishing of the Gross Domestic Product statistics for the Fourth Quarter of 2016, which saw growth of 0.6%, Nigel Mills, Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: “Much of the strength of the service sector, which is driving GDP growth, can be attr...

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SCALE-UPS TO THE INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY

Posted on the 23 January 2017

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has welcomed the appointment of Small Business Minister, Margot James, as the ‘Scale-up Champion’ as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Entrepreneurs’ Forum Chairman Nigel Mills said: “The appointment of Margot James as Scale-up Champion...

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