Listen to Episode Ten of Talking Future
Posted on the 20 January 2021
Our podcast, Talking Future, is back!
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 tenth episode, and the first of 2021, Yvonne Bell speaks to Sandy Chen, CEO and co-founder of Graphene Composites, about the future of graphene, how the business used crowdfunding to secure £2m investment and their newest invention GC-ink, an ink which captures and destroys viruses and bacteria, including coronavirus.
About Sandy Chen
Headquartered in Sedgefield, Graphene Composites work with graphene and other nano-materials to create life-changing products for their partners, which includes bullet-proof armour.
One of their newest inventions is GC-ink, a patent-pending ink designed to capture and destroy viruses and bacteria, including COVID-19.
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.