Enterprise skills for the North East

Welcome to the Autumn edition of TALK This Quarter’s Theme: Financial Literacy

FIRST Thoughts…

TALK's newest edition is here, showcasing as always, the North East's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This month, we’re shinning the spotlight on the invaluable enterprise skill: Financial Literacy

We all make money moves daily. Some small, like buying a coffee; some big, like planning a holiday. These real-life choices deepen our knowledge and broaden our perspective about money.

For individuals, financial literacy builds courage in financial decisions and if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, it’s a tool that can transform your business ambitions into a thriving venture. For self-employment, it's one of the keys to making your business income do more for you; and for professionals, it serves as an essential guide to navigating the financial aspects of the workplace.

At FIRST, we recognise financial literacy as an empowering enterprise skill. Whether it's securing stability, propelling businesses, or enhancing professional expertise, mastering financial choices paves the path to future success.


FIRST Takes the Spotlight with Barclays! 

We're thrilled to announce that our passionate commitment to enterprise skills training and education in the North East hasn't gone unnoticed! Barclays, a giant in the banking world, has celebrated our mission and highlighted our journey.

For an in-depth look at what FIRST is achieving and a glimpse into our vision for 2024, read the full feature HERE 

A Triple Whammy of Weddings at FIRST!

Love is truly in the air at FIRST!

We celebrated not one, not two, but three weddings in just one week at FIRST!

Our Operations Director, Sam Gallilee and two of our fantastic associates, Sam Clegg, and Simon Jacobs, each said their 'I dos' to their respective partners in August.

Here's raising a toast to love, fresh starts, and countless years of wedded happiness! Cheers!

Level 1 Computerised Accounting Course: Finance Made Easy

If you’re new to business accounting or want to explore bookkeeping, our fully-funded business accounting course is your ideal first slice. Suitable for anyone wanting to start a business, shine in an office role, or grasp the nuts and bolts of business accounting.

WHEN: 10 sessions over 5 weeks, starting 7th November 2023.

10am to 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

WHERE: Delivered in Sunderland

ELIGIBILITY: Anyone who is 19+, lives or work Sunderland and does not have

A to C GCSE in maths.

CONTACTmasud@youarefirst.co.uk or click here for more information.

FIRST’s Non-Executive Directors

FIRST are thrilled to announce and introduce our Non-Executive Directors!

Angela Dixon, Samantha Kirtley, Jenny Davidson, Simon Hanson, and Stephen Kevan.

We welcome these seasoned leaders who bring in their wealth of experience and skills to help drive strategic oversight, strengthen corporate governance and risk management, contribute to board decisions, offer independent advice, and support our dedication to continuously delivering high-quality enterprise education.

Level 2 Startup: Customer Ready

We're gearing up to start our highly anticipated Level 2 course on 8th November,2023; exclusively curated for those preparing to take the next steps and set up their businesses.

Want to join the 1st cohort? You can register here or reach out to masud@youarefirst.co.uk for details.

Blogs, News, and Events from the North East Business Ecosystem

BLOG: Stephen Kevan - Bringing a wealth of experience to FIRST

Introducing Stephen Kevan, one of the new Non-Executive Directors at FIRST. His addition to the Board promises to be an exciting chapter for the company, and here's why:

At the age of 16, Stephen made a bold choice: he dived straight into work, bypassing the traditional university path. With a strong marketing and entrepreneurial family background, it was evident early on that he wasn’t one to stick to conventions. His early career saw him in diverse roles, from the civil service in the North East to a surprising turn as a policeman in Bermuda, before setting his sights on the financial sector…. READ MORE

News: Launch - NTCA Small Grant Programme

The North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) is excited to announce the launch of its Small Grant Programme delivered by Rocket Science. They are inviting small organisations dedicated to making a positive impact to the lives of economically inactive residents in the region to apply.

The programme, funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, is for the delivery of community-based initiatives to reach individuals of working age who are not currently engaging with existing employment provision.

For further information about the programme and how to apply click HERE

News: North East Create Growth Programme

The Create Growth Programme is funded by the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS)and aims to support creative businesses in planning for growth and exploring and securing commercial investment opportunities.

As part of this, Creative UK, in collaboration with lead partners the North of Tyne Combined Authority, is delivering North East Create Growth Programme, a suite of business support initiatives accessible to founders in the following regions: Newcastle, Gateshead, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside. To learn more about this programme, READ HERE

FIRST’s Choice for Upcoming Events…

Curated opportunities to find your ‘right time, right place’ moment:

  • 27/9: Disability Hub Europe initiative – Strengthening the social dimension of sustainability reporting: a way forward that leaves no one behind. Register HERE
  • 07/10: Beer with Sphere. TICKETS
  • 10/10: AdaCon 2023. Join a global collective in inclusive investment. TICKETS
  • 13/10: Ward Hadaway North East Fastest 50 Awards 2023. TICKETS
  • 17/10: Autumn North East B Social. TICKETS
  • 18/10: Newcastle Debates: The North East Devolution Deal - Skills and Employment: TICKETS
  • 25/10: The BIG North East Tech Social – Ignite & Silicon Mingle. TICKETS
  • 06/11: Business Finance Week– How to start your business and avoid costly mistakes. TICKETS
  • 09/11: North East Expo –Autumn 2023. TICKETS
  • 15/11: Our Economy 2023. TICKETS

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