Listen to Episode Two of the Talking Future Podcast

Posted on the 29 July 2020

Listen to Episode Two of the Talking Future Podcast

We’re excited to bring you a new Talking Future podcast episode.

Created by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, Talking Future focuses on the lives and work of North East entrepreneurs, their views of the future and how they are innovating as they plan ahead.

In our second episode, 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.


About Dean Benson

As a child, Dean Benson found his interests differed from those of his peers.

While his friends played the then-latest-and-now-outdated computer games, Dean wanted to know how it worked, who wrote it and how many people used it.

Now heading up Visualsoft from their headquarters in Stockton, he employs a team of over 300 and together they create a turnover exceeding £10m from offices in Newcastle, Manchester and Dubai.

About Yvonne Bell

Yvonne Bell comes from a background in transport, where the Bell family company spans 4 generations.

During her career, Yvonne spent most of her time in the Mercedes Truck, Van and Car franchises, mainly heading up the marketing function and generally steering the company through the growth that, by the time it was sold in 2017, meant it covered the North East Region from Teesside up to North Northumberland with a staff of almost 200.

Outside of business, she has always been keen to get involved in other things such as community and Hospital radio presenting, local magazine editing, audio editing for a local historical Trust and being instrumental in the setting up a local gym specifically for wheelchair users.

As a long-time member of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, she was pleased to be asked to take a seat on the board a few years ago where she is able to offer her own business experience to other members.

Talking Future is available on Spotify, Anchor and YouTube. With a new episode released every 3 weeks, if you like what you hear, help us spread the word by subscribing and sharing!