May 2010 - Deirdre Bounds, Entrepreneur


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The Wakefield District’s key monthly business networking event welcomed guest speaker Deirdre Bounds founder of ethical travel company who urged delegates to \’just be who you are\’ and to embrace change.

Deirdre Bounds is one of the UK\’s top female entrepreneurs. Proclaimed by the Telegraph as having “Northern grit and determination that represents the perfect role model for business”, the former standup-comedienne, world backpacker, English teacher, outback bus driver and mum of two Deirdre Bounds is the down to earth visionary who set up the responsible travel company, which sold for £20M.

Deirdre\’s address focused on her unique branding experience and the story of her journey which proves success is within anyone\’s reach given the right amount of commitment and passion.

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    1. 1. Friday 7 th May 2010 Welcome to first friday
    2. 2. Mohan de Silva Chief Executive first [email_address] first friday
    3. 3. Mick McKigney Head of Policy & Research first [email_address] first friday
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    9. 9. <ul><li>Redhall Wins Contract For New Plant </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Signed deal is worth £80M </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contract won from Vivergo Fuels </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Due to be completed by the end of 2010 </li></ul></ul>Business News
    10. 10. Business News <ul><li>HARIBO Leaps up Britain's Biggest 100 Brands Table </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moved up 6 places to number 72 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>26% share of the market </li></ul></ul>
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    13. 13. Developments <ul><li>Pinderfields Hospital Set To Open </li></ul><ul><ul><li>£300M facility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The first facilities will open in June with the entire hospital open in 2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financed by Consort Healthcare (Mid Yorkshire) Ltd </li></ul></ul>
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    16. 16. <ul><li>Work Starts on £3M Vocational Training Centre </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Former colliery site in South Kirkby </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will include multi-skills workshops, beauty studios and teaching space </li></ul></ul>Developments <ul><li>Logistics Training Centre Opens in Castleford </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training facility for fork lift and warehousing activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Operated by Services to Business </li></ul></ul>
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    19. 19. welcomes [email_address] Deirdre Bounds Entrepreneur, Speaker & Author first friday
    20. 22. Q & A Mohan de Silva Chief Executive first [email_address] first friday
    21. 23. Close Margaret Wood Chair first [email_address] first friday
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