To Train or Not to Train

A detailed, personalised growth report, community event and facilitated networking to share ideas with like minded peers

The results are in and after the feedback from last April's event (93% improved skills and found the event useful) we're back offering ambitious business owners an opportunity to explore their growth plans, discuss staff team development and meet like minded business owners with expert matchmaking by the FIRST team!

Please note, this is for SMEs based in the North East LEP area only, if this isn't you then please get in touch to see how we can do it in your area.


Stage 1

Completion of a survey using an analytical strategy tool either via a phone call appointment or self evaluation in your own time.

Stage 2

A detailed, bespoke, strategy report produced and sent to you. The report will include a review of your businesses impact, growth, financials, leadership, innovation, support network, marketing, sales, people & skills.

Stage 3

An invite only community event exploring trending topics in staff skill development including inspirational speakers, peer to peer networking and real time, local information to give you the confidence, motivation and tools to succeed. 120 minutes online.

Stage 4

A follow up, bespoke email from our expert partners NEL Fund Managers - they will assist you with signposting, connections and further information in how to support your new business strategy.


  • Make new connections/grow your network
  • Share ideas in a safe space & gain real time feedback
  • Gain tools to improve your business strategy
  • Get expert case studies and examples of what works


Please note, due to the funding of this event, only trading SMEs registered in Durham, Northumberland or Tyne & Wear area are eligible for the event & support. Should you not be eligible, we shall advise you upon completion of the event registration link.

If you have any questions regarding the event or eligibility please contact Zoe on

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