Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Spirit of Enterpri Ise Shines Bright; ENTREPRENEURIAL Spirit Is Being Harnessed by the Power of Positive Thinking - Regardless of Wealth, Status or Geography. JEZ DAVISON Reports

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Spirit of Enterpri Ise Shines Bright; ENTREPRENEURIAL Spirit Is Being Harnessed by the Power of Positive Thinking - Regardless of Wealth, Status or Geography. JEZ DAVISON Reports

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IT WAS time for the wannabes to join forces with the winners.

On a hot, hazy day in May, TV Dragon Richard Farleigh flew into the region to join a host of high-profile multi-millionaires and local rising stars hoping to take their business to new heights.

With spring optimism in the air, the sixth annual conference of the Entrepreneurs' Forum felt like a different world from Planet Recession, with each entrepreneur having a colourful story to tell.

Positive thinking was the message of the day - and delegates weren't prepared to let an economic tsunami get in the way of future growth plans.

Creative entrepreneur Mark Easby is confident his Stokesley-based Better Brand Agency will generate pounds 1m in three years after establishing it in 2008.

But although he has built up a client portfolio of more than 20, he's wary of expanding too quickly.

"Our biggest challenge is managing future growth. We've seen agencies that have grown too quickly and haven't been able to maintain it." Even the most successful go-getters have been a victim of over-ambition.

Self-confessed "deal junkie" Richard Farleigh - who earned enough money to retire in his 30s - says most of his investments "haven't worked out" due to a natural inclination "to do anything vaguely exciting".

But he's had notable successes, too; 17 of his 70-plus investments in SMEs have led to a listing on the stock exchange - raising capital for the firms and mega-bucks for Farleigh.

Local companies have taken heart from his story, which erodes the myth that millionaires don't make mistakes.

Sarah Kadhim, of Stockton creative firm Back2Front Animation, says: "It's good to know that even the most successful entrepreneurs have bad days.

"Sometimes you forget that they're human." On this particular day they were close enough to shake her hand.

Inspired6 drew more than 200 delegates to the Gateshead Hilton Hotel and featured keynote speeches from Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year Martin Lightbody, Barclay's Bank CEO John Varley and the man behind one of Britain's fastest-growing companies, Matt Riley of Daisy Communications. …

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