Our Strategy

Our strategy is simple and clear: we inspire, support and showcase entrepreneurs through innovative programmes and events that are focused, enjoyable and of the highest quality.


We host world-class events that provide a friendly and welcoming place where people can be inspired, make valuable new connections and share knowledge. Coming in all shapes and sizes, our events include:

  • Entrepreneurs' conferences
  • The North East Entrepreneurial Awards
  • Focus dinners
  • Chairman’s dinner
  • Member events
  • On-site visits
  • Round-table discussions
  • Exchange events
  • Webinars
  • Panel discussions

Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Like-minded entrepreneurs regularly come together through our mentoring programme, which offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs and business leaders to speak with those who have been through it before and are keen to pass on their experience. With over 100 entrepreneurs offering their time altruistically to help their peers, we provide:

  • Informal & confidential support
  • Mentoring drop-in sessions
  • One-to-one meetings
  • Intelligent matching of needs

Connecting and Championing Entrepreneurs

With over 300 entrepreneurial members, the Forum is the legitimate voice of growth-orientated owner-managed businesses in the North East.

We recognise that we're not the experts in everything a business owner needs to achieve their goals, so over the years we've built up an 'entrepreneurial eco-system' that connects our members to the right people in the very best business support organisations, universities and colleges, investors and financiers, corporate companies and local and national Government support.

We championing the amazing achievements made by small and medium-sized businesses across the North East and partner with other national and regional influencers to make sure the Government and media understand the importance of entrepreneurship to our region.

Our annual Member Business Audit and Business Tracker Survey provides us with the information we need to deliver powerful messages to these partners that demonstrate exactly what is happening in the North East entrepreneurial community.