Technology firm pledges support to regional entrepreneur group

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 10 May 2018

A HESSLE technology business has pledged its support to a regional group, which helps entrepreneurs create wealth and jobs.

The One Point has become a key partner of For Entrepreneurs Only (FEO), whose members employ 22,000 people and contribute more than £3bn to the local economy every year.

The technology provider’s managing director has been a member of FEO since its foundation, and the new deal continues the link-up between the pair.

Martin Lauer, MD of The One Point, said: “FEO is an incredible force for regional growth and the Step Change For Growth Programme has been a cornerstone to our growth here at The One Point over the six years since the course was first run. 

“I am incredibly proud to become a key partner of FEO and hope to continue to motivate others, like me, to take an active role in its success."

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FEO is made up of like-minded entrepreneurs in Hull and the East riding.

It represents successful businesses of all sizes and sectors. Its members currently employ 22,000 people and contribute £3.3bn to the local economy each year. 

The group is passionate about improving the local economy and runs peer-led programmes and events throughout the year, from how to take a fledgling business to the next rung of the ladder, up to helping leaders of large businesses continue to grow.

Jan Brumby, FEO’s chief executive, said: “I’m proud to welcome The One Point as a key partner. 

“Martin and his team are a fine example of a local business success story, with great aspiration, ambition and customer focus. They are very supportive of FEO’s mission and vision and based locally, giving something back to the local economy. 

“Their support, along with that of our other valued key partners helps us to continue the great work our members do in helping entrepreneurs to start, develop and grow their businesses. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their support and involvement.”

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The One Point is based at the Bridgehead business park in Hessle. It provides a single place for the technology needs of both of private and public sectors, including the NHS. For Entrepreneurs Only now has a total of seven local key partners including Cranswick plc, Gosschalks, Hugh Rice, KCOM, Lloyds Bank and Smailes Goldie.

The group’s members have created more than 2,000 jobs in the last 12 months, and have given more than 5,000 hours of their time, free of charge, to support other businesses.

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