Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 16.02.37A new North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) member which helps prepare businesses for first aid emergencies around the country, has just won a contract from a fellow member.

Life Saving Training, based in Clavering House, Newcastle upon Tyne, was set up three years ago by Ian Blackburn and Helena Sansum to help businesses and organisations ensure their staff can keep themselves safe from harm.

Since joining the Chamber they have won contracts from Utilitywise and have now added another NECC member, 20:20Vision, to their client list with another course for an Armed Forces Air Cadet Unit also in the pipeline.

Helena Sansum said: “We joined the Chamber to get the advantage of its membership network and it has already paid great dividends for us as a business, many times over.  Ian and I are passionate about helping everyone learn how to save lives.  You never know when you will need life saving training but it is a basic skill which can stop someone dying right front of you.”

Stuart Miller, NECC Membership Manager said: “Life Saving Training is a great example of an SME which has the potential to make a huge impact on people’s lives.  We take for granted being safe in our workplace but sometimes things do go wrong and the more information people have about health and safety, the better it is for everyone.”

The company has worked on contracts to deliver training in a range of workplaces and also outdoors in a practical work situation, so it is directly relevant to those being trained.  They have also delivered health and safety courses for outdoor organisations  who take clients to the top of some of the UK’s highest mountains.  Ian Blackburn’s experience  includes even more extreme conditions as he has trained people who work on wind turbines in the North Sea.

Looking to the future Helena explained the aim is to have their own premises and take on at least two members of staff in sales and training.

As well as bespoke courses for individuals and organisations and workplace qualifications for businesses there are also open courses on first aid.  The next one is Thursday, 9 June at Jesmond Dene Visitor Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, 9.30am-5pm, £79 per person.

The business will also do free life-saving training for a nominated school for every six places that are booked by a company.  Further information is available on