Already half way through January and realised those resolutions never really got going? Blue Monday – traditionally the one day that most of us realise that we’ve set completely unachievable goals - has arrived again.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.  Supposedly the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday doesn’t have to be dark.  It could be a time to reflect, re-adjust and think about how to sustain or update your well-meaning intentions.

And in business, it’s no different.

How many of you have worked through the last quarter of 2021 – plotting and planning and refreshing your business plans only to find that you (or your team) don’t have the right skills to implement with impact?

So, if your plans are going well, then great carry on. But if not, ask yourself why not.

Take Blue Monday as a chance to reflect on the first few weeks.  How your new plans are materialising?

Are you questioning your confidence or worried about your staff’s skills? If so, we might have just the boost to banish those blues.

Better Business Skills, available across the North of Tyne, provides a tailored plan of sessions for individuals and businesses that need guidance and support to invigorate their business skills and bring some mojo into their morning.

Sessions have been developed to help individuals and business owners build resilience and help create a positive appetite for the future.  Leadership, process improvement, change and risk management skills are regular features of the programme along with tailored support around branding, marketing, social media and sales to ensure your conversion rates see a turn upwards.

Created by NBSL in partnership with the North of Tyne Combined Authority, business experts lead a variety of 3 hour fully-funded online workshops and attendees benefit from knowledge gained from business experience - providing a much needed boost to their confidence as they can chart a way of implementing this new knowledge with ease.

One recent attendee, Gaby Mansell, confirmed: “From our first inquiry, we received a warm welcome with personalised advice and support.  The sessions were interesting and lively; instructors engaged participants and gave us a solid understanding of the core concepts.  The examples they shared from their own experience were so helpful in illustrating the ideas and making them accessible.  This was a great way to explore different areas and perspectives and gave us some excellent takeaways for current and future work (both voluntary and paid).”

David Jackson, Skills Manager at NBSL added “The uptake of these interactive workshop sessions and feedback received - thanks to the tailored delivery method - has been incredible.  Coupled with our peer support, these sessions made sure that businesses invested their time wisely, carefully improving and adapting their skills to our new business landscape.  Customers and the landscape has changed very quickly over the past 12 months and there is a huge opportunity to innovate and update working practices through refreshing business skills”.

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.

With spaces filling quickly, NBSL are advising to secure their spot now to avoid disappointment.  More information on how to secure your space, log onto


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If you provide business support services like marketing, business planning, human resources or financial planning find out how you could register with us to offer a grant of up to £3200 to your clients for work that you do for them.

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