With COVID continuing to dominate business priorities, NBSL have announced their 2021 programme to help support businesses deal with the ever-changing economic landscape.

The new fully funded 2021 programme, Better Business Skills, in partnership with the North of Tyne Combined Authority, will provide a tailored plan for individuals and businesses that need guidance and support to re-invigorate and refresh their enterprise skills and recover their entrepreneurial spirit to help them plan for the future.

Better Business Skills is an initiative aimed at residents and businesses living and working in Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland and has been developed in response to the challenging and ever-changing economic landscape currently faced by businesses of all shapes and sizes.

Change management, minimising risk and leadership skills are regular features of the programme along with tailored support around branding, marketing, sales and pitching to ensure your conversion rates see a turn upwards.

Facing challenges of this nature requires a particular mindset and sessions have been developed to help individuals and business owners build their skill base to help create resilience and a positive approach to plan for the future.

David Jackson, Skills Manager at NBSL said: “We know that our rapidly changing landscape is a major issue facing small and medium-sized businesses. Better Business Skills has been designed to allow a skillset to emerge that will provide resilience, strength and above all confidence to make decisions and plan a sustainable future.”

One recent attendee, Sarah Alcock from Simonside Marketing said: “The format is centred on a small group of business owners and we not only learned from experts but were able to share experiences - feeling fully engaged. This level of interaction meant I gained meaningful knowledge from professionals as well as likeminded businesses. It’s refreshing to not only learn and improve my business skills but also interact with similar businesses outside of my industry that often see things differently – or indeed how my customers would see me. The follow up peer support session provided the impetus to put in to practice the theory leant in the first session. I was able plan and implement changes in my own business safe in the knowledge that I had the support of the trainers and my peers if I needed to discuss things further.”

Better Business Skills is a fully funded skills programme, created by NBSL and funded exclusively by North of Tyne Combined Authority.

For more information on how individuals or businesses can apply for a fully funded place, visit the Better Business Skills page

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