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The brochure from the Entrepreneurs' Forum 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week conference, Fortune Favours the Brave.



    Wynyard Hall, Thursday 20th November 2014

    Part of:

    Fortune favours the brave.



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  • Welcome

    Nigel MillsEntrepreneurs Forum Chairman

    Welcome to our Global Entrepreneurship Week conference, for what Im sure will be an inspirational day in an inspirational space.

    Global Entrepreneurship Week started life in the UK, as Enterprise Week in 2008, and has since grown into a truly global campaign taking place simultaneously in over 140 countries. It is now the worlds largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship.

    Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging entrepreneurs to start up and grow their businesses, inspiring people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them to maximise their potential.

    From large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, Global Entrepreneurship Week connects entrepreneurs to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors, introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities; which is why our conference was awarded with their highly coveted High Impact Status in 2013.

    This year, our conference opens amid a tangible air of optimism among North East entrepreneurs.

    The evidence from our entrepreneurial business tracker survey - a snapshot of how member businesses are performing and forecast to expand - backs up the positive feeling with real reports of business growth.

    Fortune Favours the Brave is about getting under the skin of those who take chances in order to succeed. Its about finding out what happens when you do, because its only when you step out of your comfort zone or are faced with a seemingly make or break moment that you are really tested.

    As entrepreneurs we are all here with a common goal, and if its your first Forum conference, youve already made a great decision just by taking time out of your business to be here.

    We are confident you will leave having made valuable new contacts, learned from the experience of others and feeling fresh motivation as you return to your business.

    We encourage you to meet, listen, share and enjoy, together. Because together we are stronger.

    Enjoy the day!

  • Fortune Favours the Brave a glance

    9:00am 9:10am9:20am


    11:00am 11:30am

    WELCOME ADDRESSNigel Mills,Entrepreneurs Forum Chairman

    MESSAGE FROM OUR SPONSOR Graham Robb,Recognition PR


    Paul McGee,The SUMO Guy

    Pamela Petty,Ebac

    Refreshments & Networking

    George Clarke,George Clarke + Partners

  • 12:30pm 2:00pm


    4:30pm 5:15pm


    Lunch & Networking

    Welcome BackAlan Wright

    Closing AddressAlan Wright

    Refreshments & Networking

    Drinks Reception & Networking

    Going Global:


    Stephen Catchpole,Tees Valley Unlimited

    Alex Hayward,Phusion IM

    Arnab Basu,Kromek

    Bryan Bunn,Nortech Solutions Group

    Richard Kirk,PolyPhotonix

    David Cooper,Serial Entrepreneur & Success Coach

  • A HUGEThank You!

    Recognition PR is a national public relations and marketing consultancy based in the North East. With a portfolio of more than 70 clients from a diverse range of sectors, including energy, healthcare, manufacturing, education and retail, Recognition delivers a range of proactive media services. Utilising opportunities across a mix of traditional print and broadcast, online, digital and social media channels, Recognition provides a cost-effective, collaborative and professional approach to helping businesses raise their profile in their chosen markets.

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    Without our partners, sponsors and supporters we wouldnt be able to bring you this amazing day of inspiration and connections, so please take the time to visit each one of them at their exhibition stands throughout the day.

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  • Drummond Central is a strategic, marketing, creative and digital agency that researches, plans, creates and delivers for all kinds of clients worldwide. And theyve been doing it for 10 years.

    They believe in getting results. If theres a smarter way, a harder working solution, theyll find it. Last year, they ranked 19th in Campaigns top agencies outside of London and are a committed member of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising. They make it their business to enhance your business and always look for the best solutions for clients. Its a philosophy they sum up in one phrase: takin care of business.

    Experts in helping your business grow internationally, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) provide expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their business overseas. With a presence in over 100 countries, UKTI can assist you on every step of the exporting journey.

    Tees Valley Business Compass provides support and advice to businesses within the Tees Valley area to help them achieve their growth potential.

    The team offers a range of practical services, such as local business information, assessing growth options through to unlocking finance and funding streams.

    To find out more about Tees Valley Business Compass, which is a partnership between Tees Valley Unlimited, the five Tees Valley local authorities and a number of other public and private sector partners, visit

    An independent fund management company providing financial products to small and medium-sized businesses, NEL Fund Managers was originally set up in 1989 to offer unsecured loan funding to North East businesses.

    25 years on, NEL is the regions most active business investor and has since managed fifteen funds with a combined value of over 90m, including the new 23m Finance for Business North East Growth Fund.

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    For nearly 30 years,Alan was one of the most well-known voices on BBC Radio and, more recently, a familiar face too on BBC TV. From 1993 to 1995, he took a short sabbatical when he was asked to become chief executive at Durham County Cricket Club, but more recently he is known throughout the UK, and beyond, as a top class after-dinner speaker and conference host.


    Paul is one of the UKs leading speakers on the subject of change, workplace relationships and motivation. His provocatively titled book SUMO (Shut Up, Move On) became an instant best seller and his book on Self Confidence reached number one in the business book chart; remaining there for 24 weeks. Hes appeared on BBC Breakfast television and is a regular contributor to Radio 5live. Building on his background in psychology, Paul is both inspirational and funny, and will deliver a memorable talk that equips you with insights and ideas to increase your personal effectiveness and impact.


    A Forum board member and managing director of Ebac, Pamela is passionate about Great British Manufacturing, recently adding the UKs only British manufactured washing machines to the companys portfolio. Throughout her career, Pamela has excelled at developing new processes to help Ebac grow, most recently focusing on bringing down production cycles to buck the UK trend and successfully compete with overseas manufacturing companies.

    GEORGE CLARKEGeorge Clarke + Partners

    Innovative designer and architect, businessman, lecturer, author, and government adviser, George is best known for hosting television shows like George Clarkes Amazing Spaces and Restoration Man. A peek at his website however suggests that in reality business comes first for George, whose passion from the age of 12 was to become a successful architect. His brand new company, George Clarke + Partners, has further helped to establish an unrivalled reputation for ground-breaking design and clear, inventive architectural concepts covering all aspects of the design, build and property development business.

    STEPHEN CATCHPOLETees Valley Unlimited

    Chair of our Going Global panel discussion, Stephen leads Tees Valley Unlimited in helping to create the circumstances that encourage sustainable economic growth and long-term prosperity in the region. Tees Valley Unlimited is the private and public sector Local Enterprise Partn


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