Caprice Bourret
Tom Keighley

Supermodel and lingerie entrepreneur on North East stage

American former supermodel turned lingerie entrepreneur Caprice Bourret will be among the speakers at this year’s Entrepreneurs’ Forum annual conference.

The TV personality and international model who has built her By Caprice Lingerie business throughout the UK, South Africa, the US and Scandinavia, will appear at the ‘Together We Can Take on the World’ conference at the BALTIC in May.

Caprice will be joined by recycled waste designer Kresse Wesling MBE, the co-founder of Elvis & Kresse - a firm that started by rescuing decommissioned London Fire Brigade hoses and turning them into accessories.

New media and communications entrepreneur Paul Shoker, the vice chairman and founder of, will also speak alongside Sir Tom Shebbeare, the chairman of Richard Branson’s Virgin StartUp,

The spotlight will also shine on North East entrepreneurs when a panel of WardHadaway’s Fastest 50 high-growth local businesses take to stage to share their experiences and lessons learned.

Forum executive director Nicola Short said: “Our not to be missed full-day business conference is the North East’s biggest event dedicated to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs and never fails to inspire.

“From launching a pioneering start-up to running a global corporation, our speakers will showcase the entrepreneurial journey and all the challenges and rewards it can bring at each stage.”

The conference starts at 9am on Thursday May 15 and costs £99 for Forum members and guests and £125 for non-members. To book, visit

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