By entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs


Connect Gazelles offer a unique opportunity to grow your business with direct access to the region’s most successful entrepreneurs

By joining the Connect Gazelles you become part of a unique members-only business support group created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs that gives real advantages to help your business achieve rapid growth and greater success.

Membership Criteria:

Are you an ambitious entrepreneur running a high-growth business in Yorkshire?
Are you looking to rapidly grow your business?
Are you rich in ideas, but poor in time?
Do you need help with key issues?

Membership Package:

The Connect Gazelles is a unique group that presents superb and exclusive opportunities and benefits for growing businesses in the Yorkshire region. Membership benefits include:

• Masterclasses
Come and hear one of Yorkshire’s leading entrepreneurs explain in detail the highs and lows of running a successful business. These monthly Masterclasses may include a visit to the Entrepreneurs’ factory or a panel of Entrepreneurs in Residence.

• Springboard 
This fantastic benefit entitles you to meet one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence for a couple of hours to discuss your major business issues. You may have two or three strategic issues in your business which you are trying to overcome and you may wish to use the experience of our Entrepreneurs in Residence who have been there and done it and hear their outside perspective.

 Personal Mentoring
Some of our EIRs have offered to mentor members of the Connect Gazelles in the skills of leadership and growing a business. This typically consists of a few hours over a period of 6 months.

• Structured Networking
In addition to talking to other members at Masterclasses and at our other events, every quarter we run structured networking when each member around the table talks about his/her business. The difference to any other networking is that our members are all like-minded business owners looking to grow their business. Many of our members have done business with each other having met through the Connect Gazelles.

• Access to Funding
We offer an introduction service to the appropriate EIRs who are looking to invest in certain types of growth businesses who require funding.

• Training Seminars
Our seminars are delivered by our Partners and Affiliates and are designed to put you in front of industry specific experts to provide help and training to improve a specific part of your business. These seminars cover subjects such as sales and marketing, PR, social media, legal, tax and accountancy issues etc.

Optional Benefits for Members:

• Gazelles Business Directory (additional annual charge of £100+VAT)
On our searchable business & industry directory, you can promote your company and its full range of products and services to the people that matter. We will structure the listing for you to include up to 300 words of text, awards, forthcoming events and accreditations etc, as well as a live link straight through to your website! As well as our network, the directory is also viewable by the public. Please see below an example panel:

• Gazelle Leaders Forum (additional annual charge of £450+VAT)
Why pay theoretical business advisors when you can ask your fellow business owners advice? - The idea of peer to peer learning (‘Gazelle Leaders Forum’) is that a small group of similar sized, non-competing businesses discuss their problems in confidence. We have one peer to peer learning group in Leeds and one in Sheffield consisting of approximately 8 members; the typical turnover of the members is £1-2m. They meet every other month (6 times a year).

• Sales Training with Dale Carnegie (additional charge of £595+VAT per 3 session programme)
Connect Gazelles has invited the world renowned and our Affiliate Dale Carnegie Training to deliver sales development training over 3 days spaced weekly for the entrepreneurs in our network. This is designed to increase sales in your organisation and help organisations in Yorkshire to flourish.

• Leadership Skills Training with Dale Carnegie (additional charge of £600+VAT per 2 session programme)
This 2 day programme will help you to successfully take charge of your team in today's business world and it will teach you how to stop just managing and start leading. As a result you will make a more deliberate and lasting impact on your organisation’s future.

Download the application form which includes our Terms and Conditions to join us today and email it back to:

One of our team will then contact you to talk through the membership in more detail; we look forward to working with you and to helping you grown your business.