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Let's make the North East the UK's most responsible business community

Posted on the 16 May 2016

While undeniably important, the single intention of business has never been to simply make money. Take some of the world’s leading tech companies for example. Google, Apple and Microsoft’s founders did not start out with the sole intention of making billions, and now their combin...

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Together We Can Take On The World: Conference says it’s the right time for North East businesses to scale up

Posted on the 12 May 2016

For the annual ‘Together We Can Take on the World’ conference, members of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum heard from some of the North’s leading business people, including Sir Peter Vardy and his son Peter.The conference, held at Newcastle’s Crowne Plaza on Thursday (12th May), in the n...

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Nominations open for North East Entrepreneurial Awards

Posted on the 20 April 2016

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has opened nominations for its 13thannual awards, which celebrate the very best of entrepreneurship in the North East. Nominations for the North East Entrepreneurial Awards, which in the past have been won by some of the region’s most successful bus...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Richard Kirk, PolyPhotonix

Posted on the 6 April 2016

Not what you’d expect from someone in business, Richard started his career as an artist, which he supposes gives him a slightly different perspective to a lot of people in industry.Tell me a little more about your background?After I left college I travelled to Australia, then Par...

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Post Budget comment from Nigel Mills

Posted on the 17 March 2016

Entrepreneurs’ Forum Chairman Nigel Mills said: “I am pleased to see no changes to schemes that encourage investment in small business like SEIS and EIS. On the whole, this Budget delivers a number of opportunities for small and growing businesses, it is now up to the business co...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Amy Jackson, Unwritten Creative

Posted on the 14 March 2016

From a sales and marketing background, Amy spent her early career working in-house for blue-chip organisations such as TUI and Sage; and it was during her time at the software giant where she met co-founder of Unwritten, Lisa Eaton. In 2003, with a few years in-house experience u...

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Journal Column – Bridging the scale-up gap with new markets

Posted on the 10 March 2016

The looming EU referendum raises an interesting question for businesses; will we retain free and instant access to 500 million of the world’s wealthiest consumers or will we need to look further overseas to sell our good and services? Whatever happens when the votes are count...

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More Than Half of Members Back the UK's EU Membership

Posted on the 26 February 2016

Polling conducted by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and Public Knowledge, a division of Dipsticks Research Ltd, has revealed that more than half of the group’s members support the UK remaining in the European Union. When asked how they would vote if the referendum was held now 56%...

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An Entrepreneur Interview: with Peter Slee

Posted on the 17 February 2016

Peter Slee doesn’t have what most may consider to be the background of an entrepreneur.From humble working-class beginnings, his father’s transition from teacher to insurance broker was perhaps a sign of things to come for the family. As the second eldest of six highly successful...

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An entrepreneur interview with: Karen Weir

Posted on the 12 January 2016

Karen Weir is managing director of Weir Insurance Brokers, a second generation family business. Having started out in general insurance at Aviva, Karen worked there for ten years, around the UK, before joining her husband’s family business in 1998.Can you tell me a little about t...

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