Legendary entrepreneurs share insights in special Christmas charity event

High-profile entrepreneurs James Lambert OBE, Lawrence Tomlinson and Jonathan Turner  – who have built their companies to a legendary status – have shared the secrets of their success with Yorkshire business leaders at a one off seasonal charity event.

The event was jointly spearheaded by Connect Gazelles – a not for profit organisation which enables ambitious entrepreneurs to learn from the region’s most successful business people and thereby create jobs and wealth in Yorkshire – and Bowcliffe Hall.

It raised over £1,500 for the Hollybank Trust which nurtures and educates children and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities and The Jaytee Foundation, which supports the education and personal development of young people.

Attendees were given a powerful insight into the challenges and achievements of James Lambert OBE, the chairman of Burtons Biscuits who founded and grew R&R Ice Cream into an empire before handing over the reins in 2014.

The region’s MDs and CEOs, who are all members of the Connect Gazelles, also heard from philanthropic entrepreneur Lawrence Tomlinson, founding chairman of LNT Group, which employs over 2,000 people across its five core businesses spanning healthcare, construction, chemicals, automotive and software.

Jonathan Turner, chief executive of the Bayford Group, which marks its centenary in 2019, shared how he had developed an empire of diverse entrepreneurial businesses which include Be Fuelcards.

The CEO also hosted a tour of the multi award-wining Blackburn Wing – an integral part of his visionary £6m multi-phase restoration of Bowcliffe Hall – the former ancestral home of unsung Yorkshire aviation hero Robert Blackburn, who entertained high profile guests there including Lord Northcliffe and Winston Churchill.

Nick Butler, CEO of Connect Yorkshire and Connect Gazelles, said: “It was tremendous to hear the inspirational careers of three of Yorkshire’s most successful entrepreneurs who also took part in a panel discussion – and to know that the funds we raised will make a difference to Hollybank Trust and The Jaytee Foundation. I would like to thank Jonathan and the whole team at Bowclife for providing such a great morning for all of us.”

Jonathan Turner said: “I was delighted to be part of the Connect Gazelles Living Legends charity event. It is a wonderful entrepreneurial network, the panel discussion I participated in with Jamie and Lawrence was good fun and we all learnt something and were delighted to also ‘put something back’ into our local communities.”

Samantha Goodhart, director of Bon Coeur Fine Wines, said: “The entrepreneurs motivated and inspired us – reinforcing the importance of innovation, tenacity and employing the best people in building exceptional businesses. It was also great that the event supported worthy local causes.”

Trio of entrepreneurs share insights and boost funds for local charities
Jonathan Turner, Lawrence Tomlinson and James Lambert

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