Media Release: Enterprising conference secures inspirational speakers

neil clough

A FINALIST from The Apprentice who was dubbed by Lord Alan Sugar as the “right man, wrong plan”, is joining two inspirational speakers at one of the North-east’s biggest enterprising conferences.

Neil Clough, who reached the final five candidates on The Apprentice, will be joining owner of Regis Banqueting Catering Services, Ryan Longmuir, and founder of the Scottish Business Awards, Josh Littlejohn, during this year’s Enterprise Conference – ‘Making It Happen’ on Wednesday, 20 November, at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

The trio will address more than 400 students and pupils, and aspiring entrepreneurs at the annual free event, which is organised by business support and development organisation Enterprise North East Trust (Enterprise).

Neil Clough impressed Lord Sugar with his leadership and sales skills on the BBC television programme, and although he didn’t win, his time on the sixth series of the show presented him as a motivational and inspirational leader.

Mr Clough said: “It is a pleasure to be speaking at The Enterprise Conference. I will be talking about my motivation to be successful in business along with many stories from The Apprentice.

“My talk is aimed at inspiring people to believe in themselves and to never give up.”

Mr Clough will be joined by owner of Regis Banqueting Catering Services in Cumbernauld, Ryan Longmuir, who managed to escape a world of drugs to start a career in the catering industry ten years ago.

He recently took over another catering firm and has ambitious plans for the future.

The third speaker, Josh Littlejohn, reaped huge prestige when he secured former US President, Bill Clinton, as a speaker for the Scottish Business Awards, as well as running his own Edinburgh based social enterprise sandwich shop, Social Bite.

Gary McEwan, chief executive of Enterprise, said: “We are delighted to be able to present such inspiring and engaging speakers, who each have motivational stories to share with the audience.

“The conference aims to educate people in the North-east about enterprising opportunities available to them in Scotland, and to give them a boost for their thoughts of the future in the world of either employment or self employment.

“We have been lucky in previous years to have a fantastic turn out to this event”.

Free places are open to 400 enterprising people and can be booked via

Teachers and lecturers can obtain further information by contacting Karen Clark at or calling 01224 289711.

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