Lucy Armstrong delivers Bristol Distinguished Address

Lucy Armstrong delivered a lecture in the Bristol Distinguished Address series on the challenge of managing in uncertain times. The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.   Over 200 business leaders, local government senior officers and [...]

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Lucy Armstrong debates EU membership at Journal debate

Business leaders from the north east discussed the major issues around Britain’s membership of the EU. Chief executive Lucy Armstrong was a member of the panel of six at the event hosted by The Journal.

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Congratulations to Phil Moorhouse

This year’s Non Executive Director of the Year is Phil Moorhouse.

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David Goldman Visiting Professor

Chief executive Lucy Armstrong has entered her final month as the 2014-15 David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School.

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Can political leaders learn from business leaders?

The leaders debate has dominated the run up to the election.  But are political leaders different from other leaders?

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Non-executive director of the year

The winner of this award, which The Alchemists co-sponsors, is Margaret Fay. The award was presented at the North East Business Executive of the Year awards held at the end of last month.  Margaret, former managing director of Tyne Tees Television and chair of One NorthEast is now a non-executive director at Northumbrian Water and [...]

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Lucy Armstrong chairs board to oversee Asset Based Finance Association

The full membership of the independent board, chaired by Lucy Armstrong, which will oversee the Asset Based Finance Association has been announced this month. Following a public recruitment process, the Asset Based Finance Association has announced the full membership of the industry’s independent Professional Standards Council (PSC). The PSC, set up to oversee the asset [...]

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Do you need an angel in your business? Modwenna Rees-Mogg considers what makes the perfect angel

Modwenna Rees-Mogg is founder of, the leading information provider and commentator on the business angel market in the UK. When you examine many of the most successful businesses in recent years, it is remarkable how many of the founders have been supported in their early days by the presence of an angel investor in [...]

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Miller UK has grown up

“We knew we had to step up,” acknowledges Keith Miller. “Back in 2003 Miller UK was a small family business that wanted to grow internationally. We needed to build a stronger management team, professional systems and processes in order to prepare for growth. “That was when we started working with The Alchemists. We have come [...]

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The new normal is here

I feel both optimistic and realistic about the future of the UK economy at the end of summer 2013. I acknowledge that many businesses and individuals are struggling with falls in their real income levels, higher taxes and insecurity about the next order or whether their job will still be there in six months time. [...]

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Review 2017

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Tasty solution


Dicksons is a family butchers based in South Tyneside that was founded by the current MD’s father in 1953. The founder died suddenly, leaving his widow to run the business with the help of her two teenage children. Since then the business has grown steadily and now has 20 shops across the north east, employing over 200 people.

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