In 2021 we’ll need to work on our business resilience and be able to seize new opportunities when they arise
About this Event
Is your business fit for the future?
If 2020 taught us anything it was to always expect the unexpected. As we move from surviving to thriving in 2021 we’ll need to work on our business resilience and be able to seize new opportunities when they arise. If you have a small business, we’d like to help you to get your business fit for the future with bite-size workshops packed with expert help and support delivered by local small business owners.
About the programme
This fully-funded programme offers goal-based growth support to businesses based in County Durham looking to move their business forward at different stages of their growth journey.
With practical mentoring, workshops, business growth advice and opportunities across our local support network, we can help you to get your business Fit For the Future.
Our line-up of experts will be on hand for small group mentoring sessions, offering invaluable advice, guidance and support. And like a personal fitness programme, it will be challenging and will push you to reach new heights in 2021. During and between each bite-sized session we’ll ask you to carry out a task that puts your new (or newly-polished) skills into action.
How it works
From 9th February until 2nd March we’ll meet online every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 9:00am – 11:00am (apart from 16 Feb) for hands-on business growth skills, mentoring and advice. It’s open to all eligible businesses in County Durham.
All the workshops are informal, interactive and engaging. They are designed for micro and small businesses and many are delivered by owners of small businesses so that we can all speak the same language and understand the challenges faced by our small business community.
We guarantee you will learn new skills and gain confidence to manage your business better and more profitably.
Fit For The Future Workshop 1
Tuesday 9 February 9:00 – 11:00
Stress busting for busy business owners with Gillian Fortune
As a passenger you wouldn’t want an airline pilot to turn up for work tired, stressed and preoccupied with lots of issues would you? You are the pilot of your own business and you need to be in great shape to make it fly. We’ll be dealing with stress and workload, change, taking time out and clearing your thoughts and boosting your energy. Gillian Fortune, the No-Nonsense Stress Buster, will share her proven techniques that really work.
Fit For The Future Workshop 2
Thursday 11 February 9:00 – 11:00
Presenters: John Heslop and Jim Barr
Shape up your business and drop a “waste” size...
Lets get lean! Most of us spend parts of our working day doing unprofitable and unrewarding tasks when we’d really like to be getting on with taking our businesses forward and giving our customers a great experience. In this bite-size workshop we’ll help you to identify and ditch those unprofitable activities, obsolete products and services and then put your energy into taking your business forward. With more time and less clutter you’ll have time to develop new products and services, do things better and increase your capacity for profit as well as job satisfaction. Whether you are starting up or ambitiously growing your business you’ll benefit from ditching those unrewarding tasks and focusing on activities that add real value. We’ll help you to move your business forward in 2021.
Fit For The Future Workshop 3
Thursday 18 February 9:00 – 11:00
Presenter: Melanie Cant
Its time for your digital makeover
Your online presence has never been more important than it is at present. But what does is communicate about your business? How easily can customers and visitors see the benefits of choosing your business? Are you geared up for online retail and payment?
We’ll be giving you all the skills and knowledge to carry out an online business makeover and create a template you can use to keep your content fresh and relevant and give your customers a great experience. Let’s take a fresh look at our businesses online and learn how to make them stand out from all the digital “noise”.
Fit For The Future Workshop 4
Tuesday 23 February 9:00 – 11:00
Presenters: Mags Bradshaw & Gary Scott
Finding and winning new customers starts today!
Selling really matters and you are about to win a new customer today! We’ll show you how to do it and invite you to give it a go immediately after the session. We’ll give you some simple steps to enter new markets in 2021 that will help to take your business in a new direction. You’ll discover how to find new customers and markets, break the ice and reach out to them.
You can also grow your business by collaborating with others. Collaborating with other like-minded businesses will enable you to deliver more to your customers. We’ll show you how to find new business partners through networking and we’ll be working together as a team during the workshop to prove it works!
Fit For The Future Workshop 5
Thursday 25 February 9:00 – 11:00
Presenters: Gillian Fortune and Melanie Cant
You are your own brand ambassador
Can you confidently talk about your business to others? We’ll show you how to do it including what to include and what to leave out. How you talk about your business can win new customers or drive them away in droves! Anyone can learn the skills to talk with confidence about their business, it just takes time and practice and we’ll show you how. Be a brand superstar with a little help from Gillian and Melanie.
Fit For The Future Workshop 6
Tuesday 2 March 9:00 – 11:00
Presenters: Gary Scott and Melanie Cant
From surviving to thriving! Meaningful goals and new skills for 2021
When we set up our businesses there’s no instruction manual to help us. Imagine having a clear plan that shows what currently works and what you could put your energy into to help your business thrive?
In this final workshop we’ll tie together all the knowledge you have gained over the previous sessions and we will build your personalised (and achievable) plan to help you and your business to be truly Fit For The Future.
During each session we’ll be giving you a unique opportunity to collaborate and share knowledge with others in the programme.
Are you surviving when you could be thriving? It’s time to sign up for your business fitness programme for 2021 and get your business Fit For The Future.
Eligibility criteria applies
Open to new Supply Chain North East participants only
Supply Chain North East brings together four key partners to work with over 800 businesses through to 2021, supporting them to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, that has a vision to create 100,000 more and better jobs between 2014 and 2024. Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).
Supply Chain North East is a multimillion programme aimed at revolutionising the way SMEs diversify their offering and embrace new markets. The programme has received more than £3m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.