College to celebrate the region’s entrepreneurs

An inspirational entrepreneur is to speak at one of the North East’s key business events in June, supported by Gateshead College.

Fraser Doherty is the founder of the 100% Fruit jam company, SuperJam. He started the company at the age of fourteen using his Gran’s recipes. Since then SuperJam has grown to supply over 2,000 supermarkets around the world, selling millions of jars along the way.

This is in preparation for the national crowning of the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year later in the year at MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, one of the UK’s biggest business events.

Business magazine BQ is hosting a BQ Emerging Entrepreneur Dinner at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on Friday June 6 to bring together entrepreneurs from across the North East.

The magazine will be inviting entrepreneurs it has featured, along with others, challenging them to bring along an “up and coming’’ entrepreneur, who could be someone they have mentored, guided or who has simply caught their eye.

The dinner will primarily be a celebration of entrepreneurship but will also provide an opportunity to formally recognise two entrepreneurs from the region who will be judged – based on a short written submission - by a small select panel.

We’re the main sponsor of the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur Dinner where the North East’s business stars of today and tomorrow are to be celebrated and showcased.

Judith Doyle, principal and chief executive at Gateshead College, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the BQ Emerging Entrepreneurs Dinner in the North East to celebrate the fantastic work of up and coming entrepreneurs.

“At Gateshead College we are inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs, instilling ambition and self-belief in our students so they can start-up their own businesses or take entrepreneurial thinking and ideas to their workplace. If we can encourage and support our young people to do this it will have a significant impact on the region.”

The North East event will be one of a series of four held in each part of the UK where BQ magazine is published. Sister events are being held in Scotland, Yorkshire and the West Midlands.

The eight finalists will then be invited to attend the MADE 2014 Festival Gala Dinner, part of the festival week September 22 to 26 in Sheffield –which is expected to attract 4,000 business owners and managers from all over the UK.

The week-long festival will be operated by BE Group, an independent business services group based in Seaham, which is the parent of Room 501, publisher of the BQ Magazine series.

The eight short-listed entrepreneurs will attend the Gala Dinner as VIP guests, where one will be recognised as the BQ Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

Gateshead College is a founding member of the Gazelle Colleges Group. The group’s aim is to transform its colleges by putting enterprise at the heart of the curriculum and by encouraging an entrepreneurial mindset in their students to meet the needs of a very different employment market.