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Brexit concerns outweighed by cash flow and skills as barriers to growth, according to entrepreneurs

Posted on the 18 January 2017

Concerns over cash flow and recruitment skills gaps are a greater barrier to growth than Britain leaving the European Union, according to new research by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. In a new poll of North East entrepreneurs, cash flow was cited was the most significant barrie...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Anne Bromley, Travel Bureau

Posted on the 13 January 2017

How did you get into travel?During my time at university I did some work as a holiday rep for a tour operator. When I graduated, I decided that I wanted to work in business travel although I wasn’t really sure why, as I had no experience, I just liked the idea of the corporate si...

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Entrepreneurs’ Forum appoints prominent business leader as Vice-Chairman

Posted on the 5 January 2017

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, the North East’s leading organisation for scale-up and high-growth businesses, which represents more than 300 companies with a combined turnover of £2.3 billion and 23,000 employees, has appointed prominent North East businessman Graham Robb as its Vice-...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Tom Hedley, Hedley McEwan

Posted on the 14 December 2016

Tell me a little about your background.I started in, what you would then loosely call, ‘the marketing industry’ almost 40 years ago as a window dresser in the fashion sector. Back then there was no such thing as ‘display teams’ or ‘visual merchandisers’ working to ‘set templates’...

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Employment figures commentary: Retain more skilled graduates to boost North East’s expanding tech & digital sector

Posted on the 13 December 2016

Ahead of the publication of the latest employment figures on Wednesday 14th December, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum has encouraged increased collaboration between the North East’s universities and the growing SME tech and digital sector to help retain more skilled people in the r...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with John Burns, Diamond Group

Posted on the 23 November 2016

From founding a photocopier repair business in 1992, John Burns created the Diamond Group, which provides IT, communications, photocopiers and financial services, all from its office in the Team Valley. Still going strong 24 years later, John shows no signs of slowing down and ha...

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Export is the best way for North East companies to scale up

Posted on the 18 November 2016

North East Entrepreneurs have been told that the best way to grow their businesses is through exports.At Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ conference, more than 200 of the region’s leading business people gathered to hear how to grow their companies, by listening...

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Lessons from Entrepreneurs

Posted on the 18 November 2016

10 Takeaways from the North East’s Global Entrepreneurship Week conference.By Gillian Marshall, chief executive of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum.Each autumn, as part of the UK’s Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum host a conference packed-full of inspir...

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Abolish Inheritance Tax to encourage entrepreneurial investment, forum encourages Chancellor

Posted on the 10 November 2016

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for the Government to use the Autumn Statement to reiterate its commitment to the enterprising businesses and the role they play in the UK economy.In a letter from its chairman Nigel Mills, the Forum...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Ben Staerck, Furniture Clinic & Handbag Clinic

Posted on the 2 November 2016

Launching a website to promote his father’s small business put Ben Staerck on the path to entrepreneurial success. From the early days trading from the family’s garage, his companies Furniture Clinic and Handbag Clinic now trade globally and have ambitious plans for expansion.How...

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