EF News

Journal column: The skills shortage and poor productivity are urgent issues

Posted on the 19 October 2017

Read our Chairman, Nigel Mills' latest column, as featured in The Journal on 19/10/17The stark headlines in last Friday’s Journal reporting the dramatic fall in the number of new apprenticeships was a clear shot across the bow of businesses aiming to remain productive and comp...

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Entrepreneurs' Forum announces high profile corporate partners

Posted on the 16 October 2017

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, which represents more than 300 high growth businesses in the North East who, combined, turnover of more than £2.3 billion and in excess of 23,000 employees, is announcing two new, high-profile Corporate Partners.Leading professional services firm Deloitt...

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Sunday Times Enterprise Editor meets North East scale-ups

Posted on the 10 October 2017

A group of growing Entrepreneurs’ Forum members highlighted their scale-up journeys and ambitions to a national business journalist. The Entrepreneurs’ Forum played host to the Sunday Times Enterprise Editor Peter Evans as part of a visit to the North East organised by the F...

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Silvermoor Haylage launches new product putting horses’ health first

Posted on the 5 October 2017

Silvermoor Haylage is announcing the launch of two new products Silvermoor Swingers and Treatsies, with the help of a Leader Programme grant from the Rural Development Programme for England.The grant, worth a total of £76,140, amounted to 40% of the total project and has helped t...

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North East entrepreneurs honoured at major awards event

Posted on the 2 October 2017

Newcastle-based financial services entrepreneur David Harrison has been named as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum at the organisation’s annual awards. David, who is managing partner of True Potential LLP, was presented with the Ward Hadaway-sponsored award at...

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Tribute to Freddy Shepherd

Posted on the 26 September 2017

Following the sad news that well-known North East business leader Freddy Shepherd has passed away, aged 75, the Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Nigel Mills, has paid tribute the achievements and flair of the former Newcastle United Chairman and serial entrepreneur. Nig...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Colin McClymont, The Pen Shop

Posted on the 21 September 2017

Tell me a bit about your backgroundI’ve been in retail all of my working life, starting out at John Lewis as a management trainee. I moved from there to Beales, a chain of department stores based in Bournemouth, where I became store director for the Walton-on-Thames branch. From...

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Comment on labour market statistics: scale up support needed to tackle unemployment

Posted on the 13 September 2017

Nigel Mills, Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, which represents more than 300 high-growth, North East businesses, with a combined turnover in excess of £2.3 billion and more than 23,000 employees, said: “Today’s unemployment figures paint a blurred picture for the North E...

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We must be bold about devolution

Posted on the 30 August 2017

By Nigel Mills, Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum Businesses on the cusp of scaling up make plans and predictions, but before they can realise their potential a leap of faith is required. In much the same way, the three local authorities north of the Tyne know the benef...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Ian Humpish, The Roundhouse

Posted on the 21 August 2017

Tell us a bit about your background. Having spent the latter years of my schooling more focused on sport than learning I was given what turned out to be very wise advice – to go and get a job… I went straight into FMCG, initially with Alcan, selling household foil into all the ma...

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