Attracting more than 300 business leaders, ‘Together We Can Take On The World’, is the highlight of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum event calendar. This year’s event on 11 May features speakers including YO! Sushi founder and former BBC Dragons’ Den investor, Simon Woodroffe and Olympic Swimmer, Karen Pickering MBE.

The Forum is also proud to confirm that the ScaleUp Institute’s Board are also participating in the conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle. The first address will be given by Sherry Coutu CBE, who is a non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange and property company Zoopla, as well as being an angel investor. Sherry authored the ScaleUp Report, which was the catalyst for the private sector to create the Scaleup Institute, that she Chairs.

Institute Board member Thomas Hoegh will also take the stage. Thomas co-founded LoveFiLM, the Met Film School, and Growth Street. He is also the founder of Arts Alliance, an investment organisation with a particular focus on private media and entertainment companies, and he is also the founder of Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe’s leading provider of digital film distribution services dedicated to building a European digital network to deliver film to cinemas.

In addition to taking part in the full conference, the Institute is co-hosting a roundtable alongside the North East LEP, with scaleup businesses from the local area and broader partners from across the scaleup ecosystem.

Irene Graham, CEO of the ScaleUp Institute said “We are delighted to be back in Newcastle, it is great to see that the North East have truly embraced the importance of scaleups. We will be holding one of our Board meetings here today, and we are looking forward to meeting some of the businesses that are driving growth and employment locally.

“The Entrepreneurs’ Forum with the local LEP and Universities, have been early adopters of support for scaleups. We are delighted they have built upon training provided by the Institute in 2016 to create the Scaleup Leaders Academy.

“The members of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum engender the vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, which has benefited the UK economy in recent years, and we are working to develop an improved business environment that will enable these companies to thrive and continue to make a positive contribution to growth across the whole country.”

Gillian Marshall, chief executive of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: “Attracting the ScaleUp Institute to Newcastle demonstrates the importance of the North East to the economy and the growth ambitions of the region’s companies. Members of the Institute’s Board members will see first-hand at our conference the diverse range of entrepreneurial businesses operating out of the region that are part of the North East’s sustainable economic future, and also have the opportunity to share their valuable experience with our members.”