Member Event with Hugh Facey, Gripple

2 May 2018, 18:00 - 20:30

Walworth Castle, Walworth, Darlington DL2 2LY

Debating the woes of wire fencing isn’t your typical trigger for a lightbulb moment, but Gripple isn’t your typical business.

Four years of innovation and design followed that rain-soaked conversation, with Hugh Facey’s Gripple wire joiner going on to become the almost perfect entrepreneurial story.

Through a simple but brilliant invention connecting two pieces of wire together, Hugh has built a world-class organisation and been on a journey that stretches from Wales to Buckingham Palace, via South Yorkshire and every corner of the globe.

The Gripple widget’s astonishing success has seen Hugh open operations in France, the US, Australia and India, and new operations in Canada and Poland in 2017. The company is on track to turnover £100m by 2021.

Wonderfully outspoken, Hugh has been described by The Daily Mail as ‘The best boss in Britain’ and was interviewed by Nick Hewer on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ in Feb 2017 ( His contrarian approach to leadership has won countless followers and awards; including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in every category at least once.

Hugh stepped back from the business in 2011 and has transformed it into one that is owned by the employees. There’s so much to talk about, but there’s only one cardinal sin in Hugh’s book: “Don’t chuff around. There’s too much fannying about in business. Just get on with it”.

Well you heard the man, book your place now!

EXPLORE why Hugh has handed the firm he sweated over for decades to his staff.

LEARN more about Hugh’s unique approach to management and leadership.

GAIN an insight into the driver behind Hugh’s world-beating success.

The Small Print - This event is exclusively for members of the Entrepreneurs' Forum and their guests. Guest places cost £25 +VAT, payable in advance, which we are not able to reimburse if the booking is cancelled within 72 hours of the event.

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