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Blog Archive

Tour Events

2nd June 2016

Is the Monarchy Valuable

20th May 2016

My views on the Royal structure, and how it affects us

Customer Retention

13th May 2016

This week, our CEO talks about customer retention, and how different organisations face the same problem, and how they tackle the problem

The Stages of Growth

3rd May 2016

Read our CEOs latest blog. This weeks looks back at last weeks Masterclass with John McArthur and his journey to get Tracsis from a start-up to where it is today!

Hiring and Firing

22nd April 2016

Growing Your Top Line

14th April 2016

Read our CEOs latest blog. This week reflects on our recent Masterclass with Mark Bowers, CEo of Redfern, and his journey on taking it from £8m and 27 staff, to £300m and 112 staff in less than a decade

Maximising Workplace Benefits

7th April 2016

Read our CEOs latest blog. This week takes a look at Workplace Benefits

Finding Funding for Your Business

24th March 2016

Read our CEOs latest blog. This weeks focuses on our recent Partner Workshop with HSBC and PwC and their insight on funding opportunities. Our long standing Gazelle member, David Powell from Auditel, also spoke and gave his thoughts on the subject.

Understanding Your Value Proposition

18th March 2016

Read our CEOs latest blog. This weeks reflects on our back-to-back Masterclasses delivered by Entrepreneurs in Residence Mike Bridge this week, and his thoughts on Value Proposition

Picking the Winners from the Losers

11th March 2016

Read our CEO, Nick Butlers latest blog. This weeks looks back at our recent Masaterclass in Sheffield with IP Groups CEO Alan Aubrey.

Customer satisfaction and leading in your chosen market

19th February 2016


12th February 2016

Errors and How to Rectify Them

Training Seminar

5th February 2016

Cyber security - How much should we worry

Peer to Peer Learning

22nd January 2016

Our thank you dinner

22nd January 2016

Female Entrepreneurs - Where are you all

15th January 2016

Profit Margin and Pensions

8th January 2016

Always look forward, never look back

18th December 2015

A look at what we have in store for you in 2016

Innovation and Competition

10th December 2015

Charity at Work

4th December 2015

Business Planning and the Autumn Statement

26th November 2015

My thoughts on the Autumn Spending Review, and its comparisons with a business plan

Peer to Peer Learning

19th November 2015

The Connect Gazelles Leaders Forums

Learning from the Best

12th November 2015

Hear the take away messages from Tuesday nights Masterclass by Neil Ewin


5th November 2015

Are Customer Surveys worth doing

22nd October 2015

Analysing our results so far


16th October 2015


Growing through mentoring

9th October 2015

How our Springboard mentoring program helps businesses

A Different Sort of Company

1st October 2015

The story behind how Webmart has got to where it is today

Exploiting Your Contacts

24th September 2015

Recruiting Good Sales People

17th September 2015

An insight in to how one of our Entrepreneurs in Residence views sales people

Growing Your Business

11th September 2015

How the Connect Gazelles can help you grow your business

An idle August at the Connect Gazelles - not a bit of it

28th August 2015

No summer ease up for Connect Gazelles

Is Huddersfield an Engineering Hub

13th August 2015

A look into why I think Huddersfield is West Yorkshires Engineering Hub

Apprentices - exploding "pay peanuts and get monkeys"

6th August 2015

Our experience of hiring an apprentice

Going the Extra Mile

31st July 2015

How one of our Springboard mentoring session could help you

Fund Raising

24th July 2015

The different type of funding facilities that are available for businesses

Dragons Den

20th July 2015

Two companies that have appeared on the show share their stories

Is the Summer Budget good for business and for our members?

9th July 2015

The pros and cons

Three entrepreneurs in one

6th July 2015

Three of Yorkshires best entrepreneurs share their thoughts on business

Fuelling the Growth of the Business

29th June 2015

What drives a business forward?

Boost your Business

18th June 2015

The success story of Boost Drinks Ltd

Working Together

11th June 2015

Connect Gazelles have been busy at exhibitions


4th June 2015

Are Leaders born or bred?

Product. Brand. Price and People: Keys to the success of ghd

1st June 2015

Key points from our recent Masterclass with Martin Penny

Turning a Business Around

22nd May 2015

A Masterclass on engineering the turnaround of Sheffield Forgemasters

Hiring and Firing

8th May 2015

Hiring & retaining the right talent and exiting problem employees

Confidence in your Business

30th April 2015

Having confidence in your business is what takes you forward

Product is King

24th April 2015

Providing products that customers want is what its all about

Leadership: are you born to it or can you be trained?

17th April 2015

An interesting question...

When is enough, enough?

2nd April 2015

An interesting question for entrepreneurs...

Innovation: what does it mean?

26th March 2015

As the new financial year approaches for many companies, it is time to think what your business can do that is new and innovative during the next 12 months

A Female Entrepreneurs' Story

20th March 2015

Our Masterclass this week featured the inspirational and straight talking Judith Donovan CBE

Having fun in Business

13th March 2015

This has been an exciting week for the Connect Gazelles

Monthly Masterclasses: invaluable advice from Yorkshire's best

5th March 2015

Jonathan Turner, Chief Executive of The Bayford Group will speak at Connect Gazelles' next event

Growth Acceleration. Leadership Development. Business Development

26th February 2015

Mentoring to Help Improve your Service and Products

Building an Online Business

13th February 2015

This week we held our monthly Masterclass for our South Yorkshire group. The event featured the story of Britain's first online pharmacy

Inspire to Grow

6th February 2015

What an inspiration Edward Naylor of Naylor Industries is...

Free Mentoring to Help Grow your Business

30th January 2015

Isn't it amazing that so many highly successful business men and women are willing to give freely of their time to mentor up and coming businesses and thereby help to create jobs and wealth in Yorkshire?

Mentoring to Expand

23rd January 2015

I have had 4 main events this week and that's despite having to cancel a Masterclass in Sheffield on Wednesday night due to the snow. So what have I learnt during those meetings...

From Mentoring to Masterclasses: One busy week for Connect Gazelles

15th January 2015

It's difficult to know where to start this week with so much going on...

Start as you mean to go on: My New Year lessons

8th January 2015

My first blog after the holidays and not much has happened work-wise. So what have I learnt that I can pass on?...

Helping Businesses in Yorkshire that want to Grow

18th December 2014

13.5 years since we started mentoring companies

Business Matters

15th December 2014

How to build a big business

Could you Grow your Business?

10th December 2014

150 attend Connect Gazelles Summit. 7 Entrepreneurs on the platform

Straight plc: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

24th October 2013

Jonathan Straight Chief Executive of Straight plc and Connect Gazelles Entrepreneur in Residence presented to members of the Connect Gazelles on Wednesday evening on the journey of Straight plc.

Building an Online Business

17th October 2013

This month's Connect Gazelles Masterclass for the West & North Yorkshire members group saw Entrepreneur in Residence, Daniel Lee Bsc (Hons) MRPharmS MBA, discuss how he built his online business, Pharmacy2U Ltd.

Preparing a Business for Sale

25th September 2013

The most recent Connect Gazelles Masterclass held in Sheffield for our South Yorkshire group, featured a panel of three of our Entrepreneurs in Residence and a partner from Barber Harrison & Platt with the topic of 'preparing a business for sale'.

The Growth of Rixonway Kitchens

18th September 2013

The Masterclass with Connect Gazelles Entrepreneur in Residence and CEO of Rixonway Kitchens Paul Rose, gave attendees the chance to go 'behind the scenes' of Rixonway with a tour of the factory.

Building the Business of Yorkshire Wildlife Park Ltd

16th July 2013

Lions, tigers, giraffes, wallabies, meerkats but not a Gazelle to be seen! That was the case last week at the Connect Gazelles South Yorkshire event; maybe not a 'Gazelle Animal' but there was certainly a Gazelle Entrepreneur in the shape of joint founder of Yorkshire Wildlife Park Cheryl Williams.

The Secrets to Webmart's Success

21st June 2013

Simon Biltcliffe, the 'hidden man' behind the trailblazing business Webmart, presented to the Connect Gazelles last week in Sheffield.

Motivating your Employees with John Graham

10th June 2013

John Graham, Founder of the UK's largest outdoor retailer, GO Outdoors, was hugely motivational at the most recent Connect Gazelles Masterclass at Carrwood Park in Leeds. John spoke about how the right employees are everything in making a business successful and how looking after them and motivating them is essential.