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Our Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIRs) are many of Yorkshire’s most successful entrepreneurs. They are drawn from a variety of industries and have all built, and many are continuing to build, highly successful businesses. They have agreed to give time to deliver Masterclasses, take part in panels and provide mentoring for members of Connect Yorkshire.

Entrepreneurs in Residence.

Paul P Rose FIoD - Ex CEO – Rixonway Kitchens, Paul’s background is Sales and marketing and he has over 30 years’ experience in manufacturing businesses in the building products sector. Paul joined Rixonway as Sales and Marketing Director in 1992. He was a key member of the management team that exited 2 VC’s during the mid 1990’s and in 2006 he led the MBO of Rixonway Kitchens, as CEO the business more than doubled in size, employed 460 people and with a turnover of c£40m. In December 2014 Paul and the PE backers sold the business to the large Swedish Group Nobia in a deal worth £34m.

Paul Rose FIoD
Industries:
  • Manufacturing
Skills:
  • Accountancy
  • Business Planning
  • Exporting
  • Fast Growth
  • Innovation
  • Management Skills
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales
  • Sustainability

Peter is a serial entrepreneur who has created eight substantial businesses of which the latest is Pure Gym. Peter started business life as a chartered surveyor and most of his businesses have combined property and leisure. One of his early businesses was Langdale Plc, comprising over 100 Scandinavian Style lodges and a hotel in the Lake District which he ultimately sold to Scottish & Newcastle Breweries which gave the private investors a 65% IRR over 9 years.  This was followed by Luminar Plc nightclubs and bars which became a public company in 1996.  Then Peter started Golden Tulip Hotels UK which yielded a 35% IRR over 5 years when it was sold to Whitbread Plc. Peter started Pure Gym in 2008, an affordable gym chain which has grown to over 180 sites nationwide and plans to expand to 200 gyms by the end of 2017. In 2015 Pure Gym has recently acquired LA Fitness which had 43 gyms.

Peter Roberts
Industries:
  • Construction and Property
  • Retail
Skills:
  • Accountancy
  • Business Planning
  • Exporting
  • Fast Growth
  • Finance
  • Innovation
  • Management Skills
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales
  • Sustainability

There is no better known IT entrepreneur in Yorkshire than Peter Wilkinson. Peter founded STORM in 1983 and VData in 1998 and both these businesses were sold, in a reverse takeover, to InTechnology plc in 2000. In 1995, he started Planet Online Limited, the internet service provider, which was subsequently sold to Energis in 1998. He retained Planetfootball.com which was reversed into Sports Internet Group plc in 1999 and subsequently sold to BSkyB plc for £310m in 2000. In 1998, Peter invented the free ISP model Freeserve, the internet access service which was launched by DSG international plc.  Peter is non-executive Chairman of Mobile Tornado Group plc, an AIM listed telecoms technology company, and holds a 13.4% stake. InTechnology plc has a 49.8% stake in Mobile Tornado Group plc.

Peter Wilkinson
Industries:
  • IT Services
Skills:
  • Accountancy
  • Exporting
  • Fast Growth
  • Business Planning
  • Innovation
  • Management Skills
  • Market Research
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Project Management
  • Risk & Crisis Management
  • Sales
  • Sustainability