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Two achievers share wisdom with young.

YOUNG entrepreneurs have been picking the brains of two of the region's most successful business leaders.

David Charlton, chairman of Newcastle retail chain The Officer's Club went head-to-head with Tarek Nseir, managing director and founder of Newcastle digital web specialist Thnk, to share their experiences with a new generation of business people.

About 40 young entrepreneurs with businesses in the region gathered for the Muckle Enterprise Event at the law firm's offices in Time Central, Newcastle.

Mr Charlton, whose retail empire numbers more than 100 stores in the UK, told the audience one of the main lessons he had learned in business was always to hire people who were better in various disciplines than he was. Mr Nseir's company was formed in 2002. It now employs more than 60 people, has recently opened a London office and has clients such as the BBC, Bupa and TNS.

His advice, to counter any lack of experience when starting out and pitching for business, was that people should always view themselves as being two years ahead of where they actually were.

Muckle trainee solicitor Neville Takiar, who organised the event, said: "It was a hugely successful and enjoyable evening.

"We did it because we are very aware that our region boasts some brilliant business people with great accomplishments.

"We just wanted to give them a stage to share their wisdom and experience with the next generation.

"We also thought it would be useful to have such an experienced retail entrepreneur as David Charlton alongside a digital entrepreneur such as Tarek.

"Apart from that, it was a great networking event, giving everybody the opportunity to make contacts and share ideas."


TIPS David Charlton, left, and Tarek Nseir spoke to young business people at a Muckle Enterprise Event.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2008
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