With the panache of a true performer, Ruth Whiteley, one of the contestants in the top rated TV show The Apprentice, wowed an audience of local business leaders with her dynamic, witty and insightful talk on ‘The Power of the Positive’.

Ruth Whiteley

Ruth was guest speaker at the Skipton and Ripon Enterprise Group’s (SREG) 7th Anniversary drinks evening at Broughton Hall. The event was attended by many of the mentors, and businesses that have done so much to support local enterprise over the past seven years.

The event was hosted by SREG Chair, Alex Robinson, Group Commercial Director of Skipton Building Society and one of SREG’s founders. Alex talked of how SREG’s 80 mentors had now provided their support free of charge to nearly 200 local business leaders, many of whom were attending the evening’s event.

SREG Mentors have worked with all manner of businesses from sole traders, professional partnerships, not for profit and larger limited organisations. Andy Barton, SREG’s Chief Executive had crunched some of the figures and was encouraged by the results.

“You might imagine that operating in a ‘Market Town’ based economy, the majority of our clients would either be in Hospitality & Tourism or Retail” commented Andy. “….in actual fact these account for less than 30% of our clients, while the Knowledge Economy and Manufacturing represent well over 50% of all the businesses we work with.”

Alex said that successful business leaders are the lifeblood of the region of which Ruth is an excellent example. Unlike many of the would-be Apprentices to Lord Sugar, Ruth has a successful pedigree in business, founding Impact Sales Training Ltd fifteen years ago with her husband Andy who also attended the event.

“To start and run your own business is a real challenge” says Ruth “…and no matter what stage your business is at, having an experienced and successful business leader to talk with can be a tremendous help. I really support the work SREG Mentors do and that’s why I was so happy to be asked to talk at this event.”

SREG mentors are happy to work with any ambitious or successful business leader throughout the region and anyone interested should contact Andy Barton via the website www.SREG.com

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