22 / 01 / 2020 / Tagged: News

Exclusive Business & Northern Insight – Neil Stephenson January lunch Jesmond Dene House

The name Neil Stephenson is almost always followed by “former CEO of the Onyx Group” a description that aligns Neil to the fact that at only 44 years of age this business, of which he was CEO sold for £65 million.

You could be forgiven for thinking that one sentence sums up Neil and his career success, a career defining moment yes, but it is only part of the story.

During his presentation Neil took us right back to his days in education he was proud to be the first member of his family to go to university, emerging with a 2.2, which secured his first job, which just so happened to be with a brewery. A young man’s dream comes true!

Neil spent his formative working years within the sales and marketing department of Vaux but keen to progress he made the move to Onyx when it was still a small dot com start up. The passion and enthusiasm Neil had for this new role was a key driving force in his progress in the company, he moved from sales and marketing into the role of chief executive with speed and ease. During his time with Onyx his own position evolved to keep pace with the changes of the company until its eventual sale in 2016.

At this point in his life Neil could have retired, sat back and watched the grass grow, but after making up for lost time with his family and building a man cave in the garden there was a desire to get back to work that would not go away.

Neil founded Stephenson Ventures, a company dedicated to helping other businesses realise their potential. Neil is an active investor in the tech sector, is sought after as a mentor and delivers master classes in Sales and Marketing.

Talking us through many of the success stories around the businesses he is working with and supporting it was clear to see his enthusiasm and commitment to helping others make their business be the best it can be.

The final slide summed up what the experience Neil has had has enabled. The success of Onyx has provided the freedom to really enjoy the work he is involved in, choose great people to collaborate with and use his experience to help others reach their business and financial goals.

Neil did also leave us with a few wise words:


Thank you Neil for an honest and insightful presentation.

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