Supported by BEC

With John Elliott

We were delighted to welcome John Elliot, a leading innovator in the manufacturing field and founder and former chairman of, Ebac, who produce half the water coolers in the UK as our guest speaker on July 15, 2015.

Leadership@Lunch is sponsored by Britain's Energy
Coast who bring their support to leadership and
business growth in Cumbria.

John Elliott

John demonstrated the importance of innovation and the success that can be found in a specialised field. He illustrated how diversification is important; but always within the context of one's core business.

Leadership@Lunch provides you and your employees with the opportunity to learn from some of business' leading figures in a lunch break and creates opportunities to develop the knowledge and capabilities of your current leadership team and your future leaders coming through the ranks.


A leading innovator in the manufacturing field, John Elliott is founder and former chairman of Ebac, who produce half the water coolers in the UK. They also supply specialised refrigeration equipment for everything from military field hospitals to the London Underground.

John built his multi-million turnover company from scratch, teaching himself engineering and building his first drying machines in his garden shed. After more than thirty years, he remains at the helm, having steadfastly refused to transfer production overseas, from his native North East.

In fact, his loyalty to his home region led him to stray into a political scrap, when he campaigned vigourously against the North East Regional Assembly. John is a well-known and respected local figure and was awarded his MBE for helping small businesses in the area. He appeared in the Channel 4 series Secret Millionaire, giving a young couple the deposit on their first house. Since stepping down as chairman, John has placed the company in trust (with his daughters in charge) and now oversees the dispersal of the profits to local community projects.

Ebac is a British success story, beating competition from around the world to secure their position as Europe's leading watercooler manufacturer. John has spread their manufacturing base to include humidifiers, air conditioners and even a luxury spa – but always with an eye on his business roots and values.

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