Group to Exchange Ideas on Business Start-Ups

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Byline: Karen Dent

AN organisation designed to help entrepreneurs keen to develop new ideas, investigate opportunities and learn from each other is being set up in the North East.

Chaired by Durham-based marketing consultant Karen Humble, the Entrepreneurs' Board aims to fill the niche between the two other forums run locally by the Academy of Chief Executives, which is behind the new organisation.

Ms Humble, who is joint chair of the academy in the North East with Peter Sutcliffe, said: "We already run two thriving groups in the region.

"One is aimed at people who are autonomous and decision-makers - leaders in their organisations. The other is the Future Leaders Forum, for perhaps the number two people: senior directors, senior managers who are looking to grow and develop.

"The Entrepreneurs' Board will potentially be a third group that will complement the other two groups, with the same sort of philosophy and personalities."

The new group, which will meet for half a day each month to exchange ideas, is seeking entrepreneurial members who have either started a business or are considering doing so.

Ms Humble, who also works with homelessness charity the Tyneside Cyrenians and the Esh Group, said: "One of the things that all of the Academy groups do is that we guarantee non-conflict of interest in the group. There will only be one person there from one sector. …