EF News

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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The Power of Mentoring

Posted on the 27 October 2016

By Gillian Marshall.Behind every business success story you will find great people, something our region prides itself on having in abundance. A quick visit to any ‘about us’ web page and you’ll discover the business leaders, directors, managers, supervisors, shareholders, grass-...

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Entrepreneurs Positive About Employment & Exports

Posted on the 26 October 2016

The North East’s high-growth businesses have increased employment numbers, grown exports and are positive about opportunities in the post-Brexit vote economy, according to new figures from the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. Research conducted by Hexham based independent research agency Pu...

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North East Entrepreneurial Awards 2016

Posted on the 10 October 2016

The North East's entrepreneurial spirit has been recognised at the 2016 Entrepreneurs' Forum Awards, where four of the region’s most successful business people were honored.The annual awards dinner, the first event to be hosted in the Crowne Plaza Newcastle’s newly refurbish...

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Entrepreneur interview with: David Penny, Penny Petroleum

Posted on the 13 September 2016

From an inconspicuous start at a service station in rural Northumberland, Penny Petroleum is a fuel and retail empire that now spans the north of England and Scotland. We spoke to managing director David Penny about the company’s journey, his experiences, and plans for the future...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Alice Hall, Pink Boutique

Posted on the 13 September 2016

Aged just 27, Alice Hall has turned an initial investment of £90 into a business that now turns over more than £7 million a year and employs 52 people. Spotting a gap in the market for glamourous dresses and even more glamourous models, she set up selling on eBay and later m...

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