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Scale-up Interview: Paul McGowan, Collingwood Legal

Tell me about your background in business?

I am a solicitor specialising in employment law, with more than 25 years’ experience in the legal profession. However, when I founded the firm a decade ago, I had limited knowledge of starting, running or scaling-up a business.

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Scale-up Interview: with Gill Burgess, r//evolution

Tell me about your background in business

I originally worked for a major marketing agency in the North West, where I gained a great deal of experience and the necessary confidence and desire to consider setting up my own agency. 

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Talking Future Podcast: Karen Winterhalter, Onyx Health

In our third episode of Talking Future, Yvonne Bell speaks to Karen Winterhalter, CEO of Onyx Health, about future healthcare trends from VR to AR, wearables to interactive learning environments, and how COVID has accelerated the adoption of tech within healthcare communications.

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Customer Responsiveness is Key to Post-lockdown Economic Success

Business must respond to customers’ changing needs and expectations if the economy is to bounce back from the pandemic, an Entrepreneurs’ Forum panel event heard.

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Talking Future Podcast: Dean Benson, Visualsoft

In our second episode of Talking Future, Yvonne Bell speaks to Dean Benson, CEO of Visualsoft, about the future of ecommerce and how COVID has accelerated the adoption of e-commerce and omnichannel shopping.

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Sam Read, APM Cleaning

Tell me about your background in business

I couldn’t have ever contemplated one day being the managing director of a cleaning company employing 60 people when, after leaving Harton Comprehensive in South Shields, I won a scholarship to study an HNC in electrical and electronical engineering – part of a programme designed to encourage more women into engineering.

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Looking Forward

On Monday 11th May, we announced ‘Forward’, our initiative developed in collaboration with Forum members and partners to respond to the unique challenges faced by business since March 2020.

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The Future of Customer Service

The most forward-thinking and innovative businesses have evolved in parallel with human behaviour, observing changes in consumer preferences that shape how they market, sell, and deliver their customer service.

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Twelve More Businesses Complete Our Scale-up Leader's Academy

We're celebrating the latest cohort of entrepreneurs to graduate from our Scale-up Leader’s Academy.
Twelve North East entrepreneurs completed the six-month programme last week following a final session with Scale-up Leaders’ Academy coach Ian Kinnery.

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Building a Brand in the Post-COVID World

The new normal is a phrase we’ve heard an awful lot of over the past few months. What will our post-Covid world look like? How will we get the economy moving again? And how can brands make sure their voices continue to be heard?

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