New corporate partners back North East entrepreneurship

Posted on the 27 April 2015

New corporate partners back North East entrepreneurship

Two leading businesses have become corporate partners of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, pledging their support to entrepreneurs across the North East.

The new partners are Barclays Bank and e-commerce, supply chain and print and packaging solutions firm, Elanders UK.

In addition to the new corporate partners, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum now has in excess of 300 members from the North East’s entrepreneurial community, and has added a host of new exchange members, including Faltec Europe and TTE Technical Training Group.

By becoming corporate partners, the businesses are committed to supporting the Forum’s members and other entrepreneurial businesses to gain the support necessary to grow and to create jobs.

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s Exchange programme expands the reach of the organisation to embrace those who would otherwise fall outside the qualification criteria for membership. It supports the development of chief executives and business leaders, allowing companies to expose their senior management to new ideas that will help to drive growth and change and create opportunity.

Gillian Marshall, chief executive of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum said: “The support our corporate partners provide to our members is hugely valuable, sharing a massive wealth of experience and expertise. We are hugely grateful for the backing they give to entrepreneurship in the North East.

“Additionally, it is great to welcome new Exchange members to the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. We believe a mix of entrepreneurship and corporate business leaders collaborating and sharing knowledge will lead to growth and wealth generation for the region.”

Brian Thorpe, Head of Business and Corporate Banking at Barclays said: “Our Membership of the Forum will not only allow us the opportunity to establish long-term relationships with the Forum members and the regions entrepreneurs, but also support the development of our staff in networking and mentoring skills in a dynamic environment.”