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Leadership Toolkit

Business leaders are at the heart of steering their companies to success. An important part of being a leader is to understand and plan for business needs both now and in the future. 

From developing your own leadership skills, to making use of the support available, this toolkit is designed to champion leaders and share information to help businesses prosper.

In conversation with Steven Rawlingson, Group CEO at Samuel Knight International, about leadership development

 

Samuel Knight International provides professional recruitment services and project manpower solutions to the global energy and rail sectors.

Its clients include GE, Siemens and Alstom. Headquartered in Newcastle upon Tyne, the company has scaled into a £26m business with 70 employees and offices in Bristol, London and Chicago.


Leadership development resources

Useful downloads, guides, and other resources to help you with your leadership journey.

Scale-up Leaders Academy

The Scale-up Leaders Academy is a programme of dedicated support that will help you prepare to grow your company faster and more sustainably.

In conversation with Dr Matt Sutherland

Hear from Dr Matt Sutherland from Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, about the Help to Grow: Management leadership programme for SMEs

What type of Entrepreneur are you?

Take this 2 minute assessment to understand where your entrepreneurship will take you.

Mentoring resources

2 minutes with Mentoring Guru David Clutterbuck

Why businesses should invest in leadership development

A guide for mentees

This useful download provides a guide for mentees to understand how to get the most out of having a mentor.

Types of mentoring

Mentoring is defined as a relationship in which a more experienced or knowledgeable person helps and guides someone less experienced. Find out more with this useful download 

News and insights

Talk to one of our team who will help you connect to the support you need to grow and develop your business.

if your local authority isn't listed above, you can view details of how to get in touch with your local Growth Hub

Schemes

Find out more about the Business Support, Finance, and Funding schemes on offer across the region.

Amazon Innovation Accelerator Programme

A unique programme for up to 30 small business leaders in the North East & Tees Valley region designed to help you innovate and grow your organisation.
Business support Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Northumberland Leadership Operations

Mini-Exec MBA

A bespoke course for individuals based in Northumberland that will equip you with advanced tools needed to be effective in your role in an ever-changing business environment.
Business support Trading business Northumberland Leadership

Help to Grow: Management Essentials

Help to Grow: Management Essentials is a free, online course that explains the essential business concepts required for growth.
Business support Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Northumberland Leadership Operations

Innovate UK innovation loans future economy

UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.
Finance & funding Loan Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Northumberland Leadership

SONIC Labs -Technology Access Programme

SONIC Labs Technology Access Programme (TAP) is an 8-month structured programme developed by Digital Catapult in collaboration with Ofcom, running from June 2024 to January 2025.
Business support Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Northumberland Leadership People and skills

Gateshead Business Innovation & Growth

Gateshead BIG is a brand new programme, delivered exclusively by Smarta, for established companies based in Gateshead that have ambitions to scale-up their operations.
Business support Trading business Gateshead Leadership Operations

Enterprising Sunderland

Enterprising Sunderland is a project designed to unlock the potential of future entrepreneurs within our communities and to support businesses from all sectors to grow and innovate.
Finance & funding Grant Business support Start-up Sunderland Finance Leadership

Business with Purpose

Changemakers from Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland are invited to join NE BIC, Junction Point, PNE and Millin Charity to make a difference through enterprise.
Business support Start-up Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Gateshead North Tyneside Northumberland Leadership People and skills