The Entrepreneurs’ Forum, which represents more than 300 high growth businesses in the North East who, combined, turnover of more than £2.3 billion and in excess of 23,000 employees, is announcing two new, high-profile Corporate Partners.
Leading professional services firm Deloitte and entrepreneurs Stephen Black, Ian McElroy and Dr Emma Black, who operate the North East-based TOC Property Backed Lending Trust and a number of businesses including Cascade Cash Management, are joining forces with the Entrepreneurs’ Forum to support the organisation and its members with their professional expertise.
As Corporate Partners the organisations gain sector exclusive relationships with the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, which allows them to raise their profiles among the North East’s entrepreneurial community, while assisting the Forum’s support for the scale-up ambitions of its members.
They join existing Corporate Partners Barclays, Gateshead College, Shout, Brewin Dolphin, Ward Hadaway, Hedley McEwan, Crowne Plaza, Solutions Recruitment, Activ Technology, Elanders UK, Newcastle United Football Club and Teesside University.
Entrepreneurs’ Forum chief executive Gillian Marshall said: “We are delighted to welcome Deloitte and really pleased that our entrepreneurial members Stephen, Ian and Emma are becoming Corporate Partners. They bring with them huge expertise and their support will enable us to help North East businesses with their scale-up ambitions, which in turn will have a direct and positive impact on economic growth and employment in the region.”
Stephen Hall, office senior partner for Deloitte in the North East said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Entrepreneurs’ Forum. Our experience across different sectors, in the North East, the UK and beyond, means we bring a unique perspective to the partnership, while further building our profile among the region’s most aspirational businesses.”
Ian McElroy, investment manager at TOC Property Backed Lending Trust, said: “This partnership not only allows us to assist the Entrepreneurs’ Forum in its mission of backing scale-up businesses, but also gives us unrivalled opportunity to build relationships with some of the best businesses in the North East’s entrepreneurial community.”