TALK February 2021- Positive plans

“Our goals can only be reached through the vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success." Pablo Picasso, Artist 1881-1973

Making plans can be a bit of a challenge at the moment but  I think we can all agree that having plans no matter how big or small is an important motivator.  We all need to have goals to work towards and things to look forward to.

We are thrilled to announce that our plans for the Startup Awards North East are well under way for the virtual events 15-17th June.

As this is a virtual event it means that we can include everyone, uniting young people, students, early founders, startups, partners, business professionals and SMEs to act as a beacon of hope and set the stage to celebrate together.

We are looking for people who have ambition, passion, drive, motivation and desire to change the world! Whether you are just curious about starting up a business, or looking for resources to boost your startup or take action and scale up your company applications are open now.

Perhaps you know someone who has a great business plan but lacks a little self confidence? Why not nominate them and give them a boost.

Tickets for The Awards will be launched soon so follow our Facebook and LinkedIn pages for announcements and plan to be part of something amazing this year.

FIRST Some News.....

If you're planning to capture the zeitgeist and begin the journey towards implementing an ethics policy our friends at the North East Initiative on Business Ethics (NIBE) have been working with regional businesses on a toolkit that will help.  NIBE’s Ethical Business Toolkit, developed by businesses for businesses, will be launched on 11th February between 2-3pm.

Chaired by Caroline Theobald, this hour-long event with tell you what the online toolkit is, why it’s suitable for organisations, teams and the self-employed and how you can use it to explore and develop your business ethics as we emerge from the pandemic.

Graeme Whitfield, Business Editor of The Journal, is the key note speaker. He will share his perspective on why business ethics is important. Mortal Fools, the drama, theatre and learning company, will lead an interactive activity around personal values and how they influence behaviour and decision making. Attendance to this digital event is free but you need to pre-register.

Register to this FREE event on 11th Feb, 2pm here


Planning the impossible?

Mark Wong took recently took part in FIRST Level 1 in Understanding Enterprise and was driven by his own personal values since then he is really ramping up his plans for Impossibrew.co

He plans to “change the future of drinking with The World’s First Beer Alternative designed to naturally-mimic the relaxing effects of drinking without alcohol.” Find out more about his exciting plans for the year ahead in this recent article

Events, news, and opportunities from the North East ecosystem:

Putting plans in place and dreaming of a brighter future is one thing, but this is the real world. Sometimes with all the best laid plans, you may need a little financial planning to help to support your journey and help you to reach your goals.

FIRST's fantastic partners NEL Fund Managers are running 4 cracking sessions in collaboration with MINT business club. Let’s Talk About Money is a 12 hour fully funded programme which leads business owners though all aspects of their finances, from how to price and pay themselves, to how to construct a cash flow forecast. It is designed to give small business owners the confidence, skills and tools they need to easily manage their finances. The first session starts 3rd March, but places are limited so please register your interest early by contacting  suzanne.smith@nel.co.uk


Perhaps you have plans to get a new role this year?

Sunderland Software City are running the North East’s largest tech recruitment event, Tech Talent 2021 returns this month. Now taking place online on 24 February, the event will connect talent in tech with the latest opportunities in the region. Available roles will range from apprenticeships and entry level careers, to mid and senior level jobs. Some of the amazing exhibitors who have already signed up include tombola, Grid Smarter Cities, Atom Bank, and Baltic Training Services. Plus Tech Talent’s sponsor Avanade will be recruiting for various positions at its Newcastle Technology Centre.
For more information about Tech Talent and to get your free delegate ticket, visit www.techtalentjobs.com


Do you plan to make a difference?


If you have a strong social purpose, are passionate about communities and want to shape and influence organisations North Star housing and Thirteen have 6 amazing opportunities which will be right up your street. They are seeking applications for their 2 year Board Training Programme which will be approximately 2 days per month to fit around your current work and other commitments. Applications close 12th February so if you would like to apply or would like further information check out the full details here

Do you have any ambitious plans this year? What are you excited to celebrate?


FIRST team welcomes you to share your plans with us and inspire the North East community with your exciting plans for 2021.

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