‘To Train or Not to Train?’

29 October 2020, 14:30 -16:30

To Train or Not to Train – Online Event

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NEL Fund Managers are working with FIRST Network to bring businesses across County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear this fantastic community event

About this Event

The results are in and after the feedback from last April’s event in collaboration with NEL Fund Managers adn FIRST Network, (93% improved skills and found the event useful) we’re back offering ambitious business owners an opportunity to discuss staff team development and meet like minded business owners!

This event will showcase the benefits of developing your team and explore the challenges of motivating a younger workforce, along with 1-1 networking facilitated by the FIRST team.

With a keynote from work happiness and career change expert Emma Rosen. A highly supportive leader with an entrepreneurial mindset. Author of The Financial Times Business Book of the Month, ‘The Radical Sabbatical,’ and TEDx speaker at Manchester and Royal Holloway. This event will delve into the challenges of motivating a younger workforce and share real life examples on why you should develop your staff.

Please note, this is for SMEs based in the North East LEP area only, if this isn’t you then please get in touch to see how we can do it in your area.


Stage 1

Completion of a survey using an analytical strategy tool either via a phone/video call appointment or self evaluation in your own time.

Stage 2

A detailed, bespoke, strategy report produced by NEL and sent to you. The report will include a review of your businesses impact, growth, financials, leadership, innovation, support network, marketing, sales, people & skills.

Stage 3

An invite only community event exploring trending topics in staff skill development including inspirational speakers, peer to peer networking and real time, local information to give you the confidence, motivation and tools to succeed. 120 minutes online.

Stage 4

A follow up, bespoke email from NEL Fund Managers offering signposting, connections and further information in how to support your new business strategy.


  • Make new connections/grow your network
  • Share ideas in a safe space & gain real time feedback
  • Gain tools to improve your business strategy and recruitment goals
  • Get expert case studies and examples of what works when developing your team and how to overcome certain challenges
  • Gain insight into how to motivate a younger workforce (#GENZ)


Please note, due to the event being fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund, only trading SMEs registered in Durham, Northumberland or Tyne & Wear area are eligible for the event & support. Should you not be eligible for the event, we shall advise you upon completion of the event registration link.

If you have any questions regarding the event or eligibility please contact Zoe on zoe@firstnetwork.co.

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