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A training provider in the North East is hoping to spark a huge surge in business growth in the region and beyond after developing a course inspired by the world’s number one college for entrepreneurship.

The programme, Cahoots, will offer organisations for the first time in the UK 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, which is internationally recognised as the place to study entrepreneurship.

Following his visit, Phil, who is also 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.

“The symposium 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 said: “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 passionate about the transformational effect of business on individuals and communities and is proud to be launching Cahoots in Enterprise Made Simple’s 10th anniversary year. He added: “I’m absolutely obsessed with enterprise because it is so life changing for people and communities. It changed my life.

“My first business was based in London but when I sold it I returned to the North East to set up another company because it’s my passion to encourage enterprise in my home region.

“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, helping local organisations anticipate challenges, acquire and retain loyal customers, and develop a personalised scale-up solution.”

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

Phil added: “While growth can be both exhilarating and rewarding for a business owner, it can also be stressful, costing both time and money, with challenges becoming complex. We know there’s not one common solution, and growth will uniquely test each organisation.

“Through our taster day, you’ll be able to see how we can help you to develop your own solution, to more confidently enhance and scale your business operation.”

Cahoots’ taster day, which will take place at Acklam Hall on February 6th from 9.30am till 3pm, will cover areas including marketplace disruption, market expansion, including into new geographies, product diversification, and customer segmentation. It costs £75 per person plus VAT, including lunch and refreshments.

To book your place, call Enterprise Made Simple on 01642 061 062, email info@enterprisemadesimple.co.uk or visit, www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cahoots-tickets-42624807948. Slots are available on a first come, first served basis.

Twitter: @EntMdeSmpl

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