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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 Emma Gaudern, Managing Director and co founder of EMG Solicitors, on the Power of Values-driven Leadership

Emma shares her thoughts on what makes a great leader, what inspired her to start her own business, and her advice for other aspiring business leaders.

EMG Solicitors is an award winning Legal 500 law firm with offices across the North but acting nationally, specialising in Court of Protection, Deputyships, Family Law, Residential Conveyancing, Commercial Property, Litigation & Disputes, Employment Law and Wills, Trusts & Probate services.

EMG Solicitors’ deeply ingrained values have positively impacted the company’s clients, employees, and stakeholders. 


Leadership development resources

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

What type of Entrepreneur are you?

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

Acas advice and support

Acas provides impartial information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.

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

Growth resources

Help to Grow: Management

A practical 12-week training programme for senior leaders in SMEs, providing key skills to help businesses innovate and drive future growth.

Scale-up North East

Supporting businesses that can demonstrate the hunger and potential to achieve high levels of growth.

Scale-up Leaders' Academy

Helping ambitious business owners to prepare for sustainable high-growth.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Designed to provide high-quality, practical education and business support to leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises. 

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.

Early Connect

The Early Connect Employer Service is your one-stop-shop for expert apprenticeship guidance and advice.
Finance & funding Business support Trading business Newcastle upon Tyne Sunderland County Durham Gateshead South Tyneside North Tyneside Northumberland Leadership People and skills

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