Provisional — Focus Dinner with Alan and Eileen Ferguson, Ad Gefrin Distillery

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13 October 2020, 18:30 - 22:00
Jesmond Dene House, Jesmond Dene Road, Newcastle upon Tyne

Please note this event is provisionally booked for 13th October 2020.

For almost 100 years the Ferguson family has run businesses across the North East of England. In Wooler, the story goes back to the foundation of Redpath Haulage in 1920. Operating from their site at South Road, Redpaths grew into a nationally recognised agricultural haulier. Meanwhile, in 1926 Matthew Ferguson left his job in the colliery to set up Fergusons of Blyth initially as a general carrier of goods between Blyth and Newcastle.

Both businesses are now third generation under the leadership of Alan and Eileen, who, after their marriage, merged the family haulage businesses.

An accountant by profession, Eileen trained with Deloitte, Edinburgh, before moving on to the Royal Bank of Scotland as part of the Management Accounting Department. She brought significant financial acumen to the already mighty Ferguson business when she married Alan and continues to be central to its growth in a true partnership with husband Alan.

Executive Chairman of the Fergusons Group, Alan Ferguson OBE joined Fergusons Transport at 16. He has held various roles including board membership of organisations that include the Northumbria Ambulance Service, The Community Foundation for Northumberland and Tyne & Wear, and The North East Chamber of Commerce. He was awarded his OBE for services to North East business in the 2015 New Years Honours list.

Now approaching the 100th anniversary of the business, Alan and Eileen have seen the company flourish and grow into a national organisation involved in logistics, general haulage, warehousing, commercial property and farming interests. The Ferguson family remain firmly committed to their roots in the North East and are keen advocates of the area. This commitment to Northumberland, and the people who live there, has resulted in their exciting plans to develop the Ad Gefrin Distillery in Wooler on the original Redpaths site. The venture, which has been met with much excitement and support from both the local community and Northumberland County Council, is expected to be a catalyst for regeneration of the area, create 50 FTE jobs, and produce a word-class single malt whisky and visitor experience.

The Small Print - This event is exclusively for members of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum and costs £75+VAT, payable in advance. Unfortunately we are unable to reimburse this cost if your place is cancelled a week before the event.

Ticket Price:
Member £75.00 + VAT

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