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Talking Future Podcast: Brian Palmer, Tharsus

A new episode of our podcast - Talking Future - is now available.

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 this episode of Talking Future, Yvonne Bell speaks to Brian Palmer, CEO of Tharsus, about robotics, automation and the workplace of the future. With thanks to Gary Fawcett and Brewin Dolphin for being this episode's sponsor.

About Brian Palmer

As CEO, Brian has grown Tharsus from a small, back street, metal bashing shop, to one of Europe’s leading advanced machine and robotics businesses, working in close collaboration with customers to deliver market-disrupting products.

One of their most recent inventions includes BUMP, a social-distancing technology which uses radio frequency to alert wearers when they are too close to another person.

Developed in only eight weeks, BUMP has been praised by many national news outlets for helping workplaces navigate COVID workplace measures and was presented the President’s Special Award for Pandemic Service by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

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 4 weeks, if you like what you hear, help us spread the word by subscribing and sharing!