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Round Table: Looking After Customers

Posted on the 26 February 2015

Retaining existing customers is more important, and usually cheaper, than recruiting new ones is an early lesson to learn in business. But that doesn't mean it's easier. Looking after customers takes effort and innovation as everyone becomes more discerning and careful...

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We Need a Unified Business Approach to Unlocking Growth

Posted on the 10 February 2015

When Sir John Hall told a gathering of North East entrepreneurs that the region needed to “start thinking big…like the Victorians” with big ambitions, he was quite right.Sir John was advocating the need to grow the regional population and for business to be at the heart of that g...

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Yvonne Bell joins our board

Posted on the 9 February 2015

A business woman who has built upon a family legacy lasting four generations is set to share her experience for the benefit of other entrepreneurs.Yvonne Bell, a director of Bell Truck and Van, has joined the board of the Entrepreneurs' Forum to share her knowledge of marketing,...

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Round Table Debate: Marketing

Posted on the 5 February 2015

Hedley McEwan’s ‘brain gym’ provided the ideal creative environment for our latest Round Table event, this time covering the subject of marketing. Along with host Tom Hedley, the Forum’s chief executive Gillian Marshall, who posed the questions, and marketing manager Steve...

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EF comment on North East LEP issues

Posted on the 3 February 2015

Nigel Mills, chairman of the Entrepreneurs' Forum:"The members of the private sector that make up the majority of the North East LEP board are all well respected and accomplished business people who have themselves driven innovation and created many jobs in the region. "A...

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Lets mentor the sole traders - Sunday Times, 01/02/15

Posted on the 1 February 2015

Dear Sir, The growth in self-employment highlighted in your article “Self-employed, and we like it that way” (Business, 25/1/15) may have come about through a level of necessity, but it represents an opportunity for the UK to boost employment. Figures released by the Depart...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Mark Hird, Tavistock Leisure

Posted on the 22 January 2015

"I don't feel like I've ever worked a day in my life" so says Mark Hird, a man who’s found the holy grail of making a good living out of something he loves. When those things are beer and food it's enough to make even the least envious person feel a twinge of jealousy.The reality...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with James Gray, Taopix

Posted on the 22 January 2015

Among the pile of Christmas presents now gathering dust, it's the personalised gifts - photobooks, calendars, mugs and mouse mats, typically with beaming children - that will stand out as keepsakes.It's a market that's taken off in recent years, and leading the revolution is Nort...

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Positivity Remains Among North East Entrepreneurs

Posted on the 8 December 2014

North East entrepreneurs are reporting increased employment, sales and profits from the third quarter of 2014, according to the results of the latest survey of members of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. The latest Entrepreneurs’ Forum Business Tracker Survey, covering the thir...

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Clarke Stars At Fortune Favours The Brave

Posted on the 21 November 2014

Bravery in business and having the confidence to accept change were central themes of a major conference for entrepreneurs in the North East. Around 150 business owners who came together for the Entrepreneurs' Forum annual autumn event Fortune Favours the Brave held, for...

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