A Cast of Entrepreneurs

Our podcast, A Cast of Entrepreneurs, brings you riveting conversations with a diverse array of entrepreneurs, offering invaluable insights, lessons learned, and strategies for navigating the ever-evolving landscape of entrepreneurship.

Join Elaine Stroud, CEO of the Entrepreneurs' Forum, and Sally Cowling, Member Experience Manager, as we delve into the personal and professional stories of our region's trailblazers, uncovering the challenges they've overcome and the triumphs that have shaped their entrepreneurial journeys.

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Titans of Entrepreneurship

Titans of Entrepreneurship

with Dr Bill Scott OBE DL (Wilton Group), Brian Palmer OBE (Tharsus) and Sophie Milliken MBE (Moja Group)

In this episode, we're joined by three titans of the North East business world - Dr Bill Scott OBE DL (Wilton Group), Brian Palmer OBE (Tharsus) and Sophie Milliken MBE (Moja Group) - to discuss their entrepreneurial journeys in more detail. The cast share stories from founding their businesses to scaling them, discuss what some of their proudest moments have been, and what is most important to them in being a business leader.

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Keeping It In the Family

Keeping It In the Family

with Alex Devitt (Recovery4Life) and Nadia Johnson (Ringtons)

In this episode, Alex Devitt (Recovery4Life) and Nadia Johnson (Ringtons) delve into their experiences in family businesses. They recount their journeys, discussing how they got started in their family businesses and the valuable lessons they've learned over time. They explore topics including maintaining the delicate balance between family and business, succession planning, and their aspirations for the future.

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Going Global

Going Global

with Steven Rawlingson (Samuel Knight International), Richard Lane (durhamlane) and Claire Rutherford (Definition IP)

In this episode, Steven Rawlingson (Samuel Knight International), Richard Lane (durhamlane) and Claire Rutherford (Definition IP) delve into the intricacies of expanding their businesses on a global scale. The cast share stories of how they navigated the challenges of going global and reflect on their entrepreneurial journeys, from humble beginnings to becoming influential players in the global market.

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Givers Gain

Givers Gain

with Caroline Moody (Moody Logistics and Storage), Alisdair Beveridge (The Build Directory) and Andrew Skelton (Smart Office Systems)

In this episode, Caroline Moody (Moody Logistics and Storage), Alisdair Beveridge (The Build Directory) and Andrew Skelton (Smart Office Systems) talk about how they give back to their communities. They share their stories about getting involved in charitable and community work, how they manage charitable work with running their businesses, and give tips and advice on how you can get involved with charitable work too. 

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Rollercoaster Ride

Rollercoaster Ride

with Sarah Pittendrigh, Matt Mavir (Last Night of Freedom) and Kimberley Cattin (SB1 Group)

In this episode, Sarah Pittendrigh, Matt Mavir (Last Night of Freedom) and Kimberley Cattin (SB1 Group) delve into their personal stories of resilience. They share the secrets that kept them going during tough times and offer invaluable advice for fellow entrepreneurs navigating similar hurdles. They also touch on how, through difficult times, they have prioritised creating brilliant work cultures within their businesses.

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A Conversation with Young Founders

A Conversation with Young Founders

with Hannah Brennan (Seer BI), Ellen Hedley (Vida Creative) and Nick Gianfreda (Wriggle Marketing)

In this episode, Hannah Brennan (Seer BI), Ellen Hedley (Vida Creative) and Nick Gianfreda (Wriggle Marketing) delve into their early entrepreneurial journeys, sharing insights into launching businesses at a young age. They talk about what motivates them to keep their businesses growing strong, sharing helpful tips for anyone looking to start their own venture, no matter their age.

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The Power of Culture

The Power of Culture

with Kari Owers (O.agency), Jonny Grubin (SoPost) and Brendon Hayward (Osbit)

In this episode, Kari Owers (O.agency), Jonny Grubin (SoPost) and Brendon Hayward (Osbit) share their experiences of creating a winning workplace culture, the ins and outs of how they got there, as well as why they feel that a great culture is integral to their business.

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Talking Up the North East

Talking Up the North East

with Ammar Mirza CBE, Charlie Hoult and Chloë Clover (WANDER)

In this episode, serial entrepreneurs Ammar Mirza CBE and Charlie Hoult plus emerging talent Chloë Clover (WANDER) share their experiences of being entrepreneurs in the North East, whether they think location matters, how we can make our region a more inclusive space for businesses and why the North East is a canvas awaiting strokes of innovation and opportunity.

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Entrepreneurial Lessons on Building Diversity

Entrepreneurial Lessons on Building Diversity

with Jo Feeley (TrendBible) and Sarat Pediredla (hedgehog lab)

Delving deeper into diverse leadership in the workplace and the benefits it brings, in this episode, Joanna Feeley (TrendBible) and Sarat Pediredla (hedgehog lab) share how they actively create a more diverse workplace, why they think it’s so important to do so, and how you, as leaders, can incorporate this into your everyday lives.

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Women Trailblazers in the North East

Women Trailblazers in the North East

with Lisa Eaton (Fabric Academy), Claire Parry (Week2Week Serviced Apartments) and Charlotte Staerck (The Handbag Clinic)

On this International Women's Day episode, the cast share their experiences of being female entrepreneurs in the North East, discuss who their entrepreneurial role models were growing up, the hurdles they’ve faced throughout their business journeys, and how we can do better at opening doors for female entrepreneurs.

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