Chief Executive Officer
Fokhrul Islam is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Procurement Group and Northern Gas and Power. He is a leader who delivers outstanding results and inspires his team to achieve the very highest in standards.
Fu (to friends and colleagues) has shown exceptional drive and determination to get Global Procurement Group to where it is today – a major global energy specialist, approaching 800 heads across three continents.
Fu possessed a deep sense of self-belief in his ability to develop a successful sales business to support himself and his family. Inspired by Tony Kern’s thesis on professionalism and human performance in the sales industry: ‘Going Pro’, he spent roughly ten years learning as much as he possibly could about sales and business, spending time in telecoms sales with BT Corporate and business energy procurement with the former Utilitywise.
Fu encapsulates the very essence of the entrepreneurial spirit. Through a combination of dedicated focus and creativity, he taught himself many of the processes involved in building a successful business, starting that process from his bedroom in South Shields, near Newcastle upon Tyne, in 2012.
He built up a customer base which he managed through devising his own in-house internal CRM system. These foundations for growth gave the business a very effective model of scalability, which he successfully took to France and the USA. His ability to understand the impact of technology in the energy industry led him to develop a team of engineers, technicians and software specialists in Malta and India, which evolved into the 100-strong energy hub that is ClearVUE Systems today.
The results of his hard work and passion speak for themselves. Over the last four years to 2019/20, Global Procurement Group has quadrupled turnover to more than £43m and recorded 116.63% profit increase over the last three years.
In 2019, Fu was named the North’s Rising Star in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards. And in 2020, he scooped the major accolade – Britain’s Most Ambitious Business Leader, as compiled by The Telegraph newspaper and Lloyd’s LDC. He has a 99% approval rating from former employees on highly-respected Glassdoor.