(L-R) Craig Hawkes and Jake Newport
The owners of the online entrepreneur interview platform The Foundery has unveiled a region-wide sponsorship campaign as it looks to recruit a new sales team in the region.
The website aims to inspire the next generation of leaders through a series of videos featuring the region's most prolific managing directors.
Now, as the business approaches its first birthday, it has created two jobs.
Jake Newport, The Foundery co-owner and managing director of Finnmark Ltd said: “As business owners, we felt more could be done to encourage aspiring entrepreneurs in the region.
“The name the Foundery comes from our interest in the journey and the story of Founders, people who take the risk to start something new and grow it into a success. It takes a special sort of person to devote themselves to taking such risks. We were particularly fascinated with people in our region, and the name also complimented the region's proud Industrial Heritage.
“If someone has a great idea for a business that is going to help bring the region more jobs, wealth and prosperity, why wouldn’t we want to help encourage that?
“If a person runs their own business and has a great story to tell or they're from a company looking to be visible in front of the region's entrepreneurs and would like to sponsor us, we would love to hear from them.”
The Foundery platform currently features a series of interviews with local business owners, from start-ups to owners of large and successful enterprises.
Craig Hawkes, owner of the Newcastle based corporate film company Kaleidoscope CFA and the Foundery, continues: “We have been so impressed by the response of local businesses and business owners.
“The overwhelming thing about the North East business community is just how many people really care about giving back to the region.
“Our aim is to create a whole series of these videos covering all aspects of being an entrepreneur and running your own company. We will speak with companies that have recently overcome certain difficulties, such as skills shortages, as well as looking at how business is changing and adapting with technology and new ways of working.”
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