Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Support and Inspiration

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Support and Inspiration

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Byline: By Carole Beverley

Who better to guide budding entrepreneurs than established entrepreneurs? Carole Beverley, Chief Executive of The Entrepreneurs Forum, explains how the two sides come together.

By their nature, entrepreneurs are not always the first to join associations or organisations ( they have businesses to run, after all.

But in becoming one of the premier organisations for businessmen and women in the region, the Entrepreneurs' Forum has overturned accepted thinking. The Forum now has more than 125 members whose businesses proudly employ over 62,000 people and has a collective turnover of pounds 7.4bn.

Around 30pc of our members are women. And 70pc of our members are SMEs, the lifeblood of our economy. Such is the inclusive nature of our organisation we have now developed a nurturing pool for aspiring entrepreneurs

We have hosted scores of well attended events since our incorporation in 2003 including evening presentations by esteemed speakers, focus group dinners and lunches, mentoring sessions, masterclasses and popular social events.

We have been honoured that our events have featured some of the highest profile business people in this region: Graham Wylie, Paul Walker and Sir Mike Darrington, national figures like Sir Digby Jones and Lord Brittain, as well as tremendous personalities such as Sir Bobby Robson.

So what makes the Entrepreneurs' Forum different? We are not simply a business support organisation, a broker or consultancy nor a training organisation; we are not a business club nor a lobbying or policy formulating group.

We are an organisation by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Our strength lies in bringing together like-minded people, all with their own styles and ideas, to share, to inspire and to support.

Our raison d'etre is to stimulate an entrepreneurial culture in this region and to motivate more people into becoming entrepreneurs. For entrepreneurs are people with passion and purpose. …

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