Sunderland mobile phone firm to become a dragon’s den

Former Dragon's Den star Richard Farleigh
Former Dragon's Den star Richard Farleigh
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CCS Mobile is all fired up about bringing a Dragon to the North East.

The Sunderland-based mobile technology specialist is backing an exclusive one-day event designed to help local small to medium-sized businesses look at new ways of working beyond the traditional office place.

Keynote speaker at UnLtd 2011 will be serial entrepreneur and former Dragon’s Den star Richard Farleigh.

Farleigh, who featured in series three and four of the popular BBC2 show, has backed more than 70 small start-up British companies in the past 12 years and will be speaking candidly about his life, success and business principles.

“I got into business thinking it was all about numbers and markets, but over the past 12 years I’ve realised it’s all about people,” he said.

“I’m delighted to be spearheading an event which offers businesses an exciting way of working for the future. This technology has the potential to revolutionise how businesses and the people within them work by offering more efficient, flexible and agile solutions to the traditional office space.”

CCS Mobile managing director Chris Lee said: “We’re honoured to welcome someone of Richard Farleigh’s vast experience in business to UnLtd 2011.

“Richard has an amazing track record in investing in small to medium sized businesses and has a particular interest in new technology.

“Over the past 12 years he’s backed more start up companies than any other private investor in this country, so I’m sure will make a very relevant, insightful and interesting speaker for our invited audience.”

UnLtd 2011, which will take place at the Hilton, Gateshead on November 17, will include speakers from companies such Vodafone, Nokia and Microsoft as well as workshops, debates and demonstrations on the latest development sin the industry.

Mr Lee said: “We’re not talking about the future. This technology is here now and has been around for quite a few years.

“What has changed is that new products and developments in mobile technology mean it is now accessible and cost-effective for smaller companies to use as well as the bigger ones.

“What we want to show through UnLtd 2011 is that when it comes to how you run your business, the possibilities really are unlimited.

“We’ve brought together some of the top people from these leading companies who have first-hand experience of implementing this kind of system and they’ll be giving an honest and open insight to at the trials and tribulations they faced as well as the many benefits.”

The free event is exclusively for business with between 10 and 100 employees.

For tickets and more information, go to or call 534 0140.