Dozens of businesses have signed up to take part in the latest in a series of fully funded business courses being held around the region.

The Boost your Business three-day residential course is part of a series of funded programmes organised and promoted by East Durham Business Service (EDBS) and a consortium of other North East enterprise partners.

Over 200 people have already taken part with over 150 delegates booked onto future courses at various North East locations.

So far over 100 people have completed the course, with 100% pass rate, gaining two recognised enterprise qualifications and a non-accredited college certificate.

Alan Sawyers from LEC Consultancy attended one of the sessions at Kingston Park in Newcastle. He said: “The course was very interesting as it encouraged us all to think about our business in different ways. It was all about thinking how as directors and owners we grow our business, and by sharing ideas we all came away better equipped to achieve our aims and objectives.”

Ann Ball, owner of two Durham based holistic therapy businesses, was one of the attendees: She said: “I would highly recommend the Boost Your Business course, which is helping me put new ideas into more structured and focussed space for my pregnancy and post-natal work with Love Bump Baby and Guru Holistic Therapies and Training.”

The courses have been put together by the North East Enterprise Agency Limited (NEEAL) in conjunction with the European Social Fund, Skills Funding Agency, Gateshead College and New College Durham.

Areas covered will include:

  • Exploring Enterprise Skills
  • Planning an Enterprise Project
  • Evaluating Enterprise Project and Skills
  • Digital Promotion for Business
  • Understanding Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) for Business
  • Coordinating the use of Digital Media for Business
  • Coordinating Offline and Digital Media for Business
  • Emergent Digital Techniques for Business
  • Producing Digital Promotional Content for Business
  • Data Protection and Digital Media for Business
  • Measuring the Effectiveness of Digital Promotional Activity for Business
  • Understanding Social Media
  • Tender writing, developing a PQQ and identifying routes to tender for a business.
  • Introduction to the Business Chassis
  • Introduction to sales pitches

Boost Your Business is taking place at locations across Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

For further information, or to book your place, please contact Hina Joshi on email hina.joshi@edbs.co.uk or call 0191 5863366.

To qualify, your business must fall within the North East LEP (North East Local Enterprise Partnership) area, which covers County Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland.