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Entrepreneur Interview: with David Park, Park Commercial

Posted on the 29 October 2019

Tell me about your background in business I’ve always had a passion for innovation and blazing a new trail, even if that means being different to others, and I apply this to all aspects of my business. When I started my first job as an insurance administrator with La...

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Visualsoft Founder Announces Plans to Double Market Share at Entrepreneurs’ Forum Event

Posted on the 24 October 2019

E-commerce and digital marketing agency Visualsoft announced plans to double its market share at an Entrepreneurs’ Forum event.Founder and CEO Dean Benson revealed that the Stockton-based company is expecting to reach £820m in terms of the value of goods passing through its e-com...

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Simon Hartley on Building World-class Teams

Posted on the 23 October 2019

There's no way to overstate how important a great team is to a business' success. But winning teams are tough to find — and even tougher to build. In our latest exchange event, Simon Hartley (Be World Class) shared the underlying principles of world class teams, what differe...

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Entrepreneur Interview: with Tanya Garland, Cool Blue

Posted on the 21 October 2019

Tell me about your background in business? My very first job was my Saturday job on my Dad’s fruit and veg stall. I did that job from the ages of 11 to 16. Doing the job wasn’t a choice; my Dad needed the help. Up at 5am, go to the warehouse to collect that day’s produ...

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Why Statistics Don't Tell the Whole Story

Posted on the 17 October 2019

The North East is home to talented entrepreneurs, a motivated workforce and diverse industry base with companies that are leaders in their field. Combined with additional support from the region’s universities and business support organisations, which provide robust and proven...

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Finding Your Way In International Trade

Posted on the 15 October 2019

Going global is a big decision many businesses think long about making. In the latest Entrepreneurs’ Forum event, ‘Growing a Business Through Global Opportunities’, three experienced export champions shared how to get started and, most importantly, how to succeed. Hosted by...

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Keynote Speakers Confirmed for Entrepreneurs’ Forum Conference

Posted on the 11 October 2019

Business commentator Justin Urquhart Stewart and Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green & Black’s, have been confirmed as keynote speakers at next month’s (November) inspirational Entrepreneurs’ Forum conference. ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ will see over 200 entrepreneurs fro...

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Our Reaction to the Latest Business Population Estimates

Posted on the 10 October 2019

A mixed picture has emerged as two sets of government data indicates the number of businesses closing in the North East has increased – but that more of those businesses that remain are growing. The Business Population Estimates released on Thursday, 10 October by the Departm...

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North East Entrepreneurs Raise Money to Kick-start Enterprise in East Africa

Posted on the 8 October 2019

North East business leaders have dug deep to support an international children’s charity’s work to help aspiring entrepreneurs in East Africa. Guests at the recent North East Entrepreneurial Awards raised nearly £5,000 for Newcastle based COCO (Comrades of Children Overs...

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Coffee King: An Interview with Jim Cregan, Jimmy's Iced Coffee

Posted on the 27 September 2019

Jim Cregan was destined to be an entrepreneur.  While he was born in the Dorset seaside town of Christchurch, the self-titled ‘Duke of Entrepreneurial Pursuit’ grew up in Dubai, where he bought fake surf bags and sold them at school. At age eighteen, he returned to the...

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