Entrepreneurs' Forum Unveils Autumn Events Calendar

Issue 52

We may well be the depths of autumn, but the Entrepreneurs' Forum has unveiled an interesting line up of thought-provoking events to tempt you from your firesides.

Such events play a huge part in achieving our primary aim of uniting like-minded business owners and encouraging and supporting the development of the region’s entrepreneurial talent. Jonathan Lamb, Chief Executive of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: ”This organisation provides a platform and a voice for entrepreneurs and is dedicated to creating a strong network where people can share their ideas, expertise and connections.

”Having recently been appointed CEO of the Forum, I’m very much looking forward to meeting many more of our membership, which has now expanded to more than 300. ”This programme of events ranges from mentoring sessions to round table events, social nights and our second major conference of the year, ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’, which promises to be an inspiring and thought-provoking day.”

”I’d urge as many people to become involved as possible as it is your continued support and participation that makes the Entrepreneurs’ Forum the success for members that it is.”

Dean Benson, founder and CEO of pioneering digital service Visualsoft is the subject of October’s first Member Event at the company’s newly refurbished Stockton offices, where he will share how Visualsoft has remained at the forefront of the digital world for two decades and will discuss its trust-based culture, which includes providing staff with unlimited holidays and flexible working hours. Identifying the importance of developing and retaining talent is the subject of two exchange events this Autumn. The first, led by globally respected sport psychology consultant and performance coach Simon Hartley, will reveal the underlying principles of World-Class Teams, while the second, delivered by Kari Owers of O Communications, will focus on the advantages of building a strong magnetic employer brand to attract and retain talent.

Proving that ‘Together We Can Take on the World’, our Growing a Business Through Global Opportunities member event will focus on maximising business growth through global trade, with Northern Powerhouse Export Champions Jason Iftakhar of Swifty Scooters and Munir Mamujee of m2r joining us to share their success stories.

Taking advantage of changing markets and new goals comes naturally to our final member event of the programme, Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies. Dr Jen Vanderhoven (VP of Global Business Change) and Koen Hellendoorn (Director of Strategic Business Development) will share Fujifilm’s ambitious growth plans and what they have in store for their Billingham site. Being bold, ambitious and courageous is an underlying thread throughout the events mentioned but is perhaps best demonstrated in our main event of the Autumn events calendar: our second annual entrepreneurs’ conference ‘Fortune Favours the Brave’.

‘Fortune Favours the Brave’ offers an opportunity to hear from a range of inspirational speakers who are leading and delivering dynamic change within their businesses, including James Brown (Beer52), Phil Kite and Claire Hughes (Team Tyne Innovation), and Justin Urquhart Stewart (7IM).

With additional speakers to be announced in the coming weeks, the November conference will look at how remaining brave and holding steadfast to your business ideals can deliver huge benefits, with over 200 North East entrepreneurs attending on the day.

And the momentum continues throughout November with an on-site visit to Clipper Logistics, one of the largest independent logistics companies in the country, and a focus dinner with Dr Tony Trapp, whose own inventiveness and creativity has enabled him to help create a cluster of worldclass marine tech businesses within the North East including SMD, Royal IHC and OSBIT.

December heralds the Forum’s much anticipated Christmas Drinks event which this year is being hosted at the Visualsoft offices in Newcastle on Thursday 5th December – the perfect opportunity to reflect on another successful year and look forward to the exciting opportunities that await us in 2020.

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