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Enterprise Made Simple’s chief executive, Phil Teasdale.
Rebecca Wayman

Teesside training firm aims to revolutionise future of North East scaleups

A North East training provider is aiming to spark a huge surge in the region’s business growth after developing a course inspired by an entrepreneurial college.

The programme, Cahoots, is to offer UK organisations the chance to learn international growth strategies, and will be delivered by Middlesbrough’s Enterprise Made Simple.

Enterprise Made Simple’s chief executive, Phil Teasdale, recently returned from Babson University in Boston - internationally recognised as the place to study entrepreneurship.

Following his visit, Phil - Durham University’s business advisor in residence - devised Cahoots, a practical business course to help organisations grow in the way that is right for them.

He explained: “I was one of 64 delegates from 19 countries at the Symposium of Enterprise Educators.

“[It] was transformational for me personally, but also for Enterprise Made Simple, as the creation of Cahoots sprang directly from it. The programme is for owner managers and is all about investing in yourself to have a dramatically positive impact on your business.”

Phil, who set up his first company at the age of 22, is confident that participants in the programme will achieve 20 per cent growth in their businesses within 12 months of completing Cahoots.

He added: “The course is completely shaped around you. After a taster day, you’ll enjoy a bespoke programme shaped to each entrepreneur.

“Attendees will pick and choose the elements that are right for them, and places are limited to 10 people, to ensure the quality of support.”

Phil is said to be passionate about the ‘transformational’ effect of business on individuals and communities. When he set up his first business in London, he sold it and returned to the North East to set up yet another company as it’s his “passion to encourage enterprise”.

“Not only will Cahoots bring materials devised from research and practice from the world centre for entrepreneurship to the North East, but these international strategies for business growth are coming to the UK for the first time,” Phil continued: “Helping local organisations anticipate challenges, acquire and retain loyal customers, and develop a] solution.”

A Cahoots taster day will be taking place in Middlesbrough next week (commencing February 5) to help owner managers of businesses from across the region find out for themselves.

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