HTEA inspires its audience Date: 07/07/2015

The Huddersfield Town Enterprise Academy, held in association with Kirklees College, met again on Thursday and inspired its audience thanks to a superb array of top-table guests.

The event, held at the PPG Canalside training ground, saw three of the area’s leading business people take to the stage in front of an audience of 110 people to discuss their route to success.

The free event presented representatives from local businesses with a chance to find out more about entrepreneurship and how to build a successful career by listening to two men and one lady who have walked that path; David Longbottom, Jacqui Hall, and Gerard Toplass.

David Longbottom is a butcher turned business man, creating his own company Pro-Pak Food Limited which turned over a £30m profit. He bought out his partner and later sold his company, and is now invested in many other projects.

Jacqui Hall began her career working for CNG (Contact Natural Gas) and became CEO of the company in 2006, increasing the turnover from £2m to £200m.

Gerard Toplass, spent many years buying and selling companies for KPMG before joining Colin Chisholm, in creating Chisholm Computers. He later sold his company and now invests and mentors businesses in Education and IT sectors.

During the discussion, the speakers were asked if they felt Entrepreneurship was something that is born within us or if it is learnt.

They also gave advice on employing the right people for their business.

When asked what they feared, two of them said that failing was their biggest nightmare!

Attendants also got to see Huddersfield Town’s training ground, PPG Canalside, first hand and had the opportunity to mingle with approximately 100 of the clubs business partners.

Town’s Commercial Director, Sean Jarvis, was the MC on the evening and commented:

“The Huddersfield Town Enterprise Academy is a unique opportunity for businesses to interact with the Club, with each other, and also with club partners.

The idea of the Enterprise Academy is for the Club to always look at ways for local businesses to come together and to gather to listen to three leading entrepreneurs was a great cause; I’m sure lots of people took useful tips they can apply to their careers from the afternoon.

“It was good to see new people at the event and we hope that there will be more opportunities for participants to work together.

“I’d like to thank everyone who attended the afternoon, in particular the three entrepreneurs who spared their valuable time to attend the day.”

The HTEA is run in partnership with Kirklees College.

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