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Entrepreneur Interview: with Jason Knights, Blue Kangaroo

Posted on the 9 February 2017

North East Entrepreneur Jason Knights founded Blue Kangaroo, an independent UK based creative agency, in 2006 after a career in the military, then in printing and design. The agency now works with many of the biggest global brands in the toy, entertainment and licensing world.Tel...

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Entrepreneurs’ Forum backs ‘brain drain’ challenge

Posted on the 3 February 2017

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has endorsed former Chancellor George Osborne’s belief that the North faces being left behind if the ‘brain drain’ of graduates isn’t stemmed.  The organisation believes that more needs to be done to highlight the benefits of living and working in the...

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Entrepreneurs at the heart of GDP growth

Posted on the 26 January 2017

Commenting on the publishing of the Gross Domestic Product statistics for the Fourth Quarter of 2016, which saw growth of 0.6%, Nigel Mills, Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: “Much of the strength of the service sector, which is driving GDP growth, can be attr...

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Posted on the 23 January 2017

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum has welcomed the appointment of Small Business Minister, Margot James, as the ‘Scale-up Champion’ as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Entrepreneurs’ Forum Chairman Nigel Mills said: “The appointment of Margot James as Scale-up Champion...

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Brexit concerns outweighed by cash flow and skills as barriers to growth, according to entrepreneurs

Posted on the 18 January 2017

Concerns over cash flow and recruitment skills gaps are a greater barrier to growth than Britain leaving the European Union, according to new research by the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. In a new poll of North East entrepreneurs, cash flow was cited was the most significant barrie...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Anne Bromley, Travel Bureau

Posted on the 13 January 2017

How did you get into travel?During my time at university I did some work as a holiday rep for a tour operator. When I graduated, I decided that I wanted to work in business travel although I wasn’t really sure why, as I had no experience, I just liked the idea of the corporate si...

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Entrepreneurs’ Forum appoints prominent business leader as Vice-Chairman

Posted on the 5 January 2017

The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, the North East’s leading organisation for scale-up and high-growth businesses, which represents more than 300 companies with a combined turnover of £2.3 billion and 23,000 employees, has appointed prominent North East businessman Graham Robb as its Vice-...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Tom Hedley, Hedley McEwan

Posted on the 14 December 2016

Tell me a little about your background.I started in, what you would then loosely call, ‘the marketing industry’ almost 40 years ago as a window dresser in the fashion sector. Back then there was no such thing as ‘display teams’ or ‘visual merchandisers’ working to ‘set templates’...

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Employment figures commentary: Retain more skilled graduates to boost North East’s expanding tech & digital sector

Posted on the 13 December 2016

Ahead of the publication of the latest employment figures on Wednesday 14th December, the Entrepreneurs’ Forum has encouraged increased collaboration between the North East’s universities and the growing SME tech and digital sector to help retain more skilled people in the r...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with John Burns, Diamond Group

Posted on the 23 November 2016

From founding a photocopier repair business in 1992, John Burns created the Diamond Group, which provides IT, communications, photocopiers and financial services, all from its office in the Team Valley. Still going strong 24 years later, John shows no signs of slowing down and ha...

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