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Applicants open for Entrepreneurs’ Forum Scale-up Academy

Applications are now open for the Entrepreneurs’ Forum’s Scale-up Leader’s Academy. Now in its fourth year, the scheme will combine a mix of events, team sessions and scale-up coaching workshops.

The leader’s academy prepares business owners to tackle the challenges of scaling up their operation by building a one-page strategic plan to achieve their goals.

Those interested in the academy can attend two preview events on September 26 and 27 in Darlington.

These events offer prospective businesses the chance to hear from previous alumni about their experience of the scheme and the impact it has had on their business.

Since launching in 2017, the academy has supported almost 30 entrepreneurs across the North East to focus on achieving sustainable high growth by creating a blueprint for future business success.

Andy Greener, founder of digital agency Komodo, said: “I decided to get involved with the Scale-up Leader’s Academy to unlock the potential in the business and push the scale of the company beyond where it was.

“The One Page Strategic Plan is something we’re going to be able to work together on as a team over the next 3-6 months and on an ongoing basis to give us a framework from which we’re going to build the future company and scale it out into its full potential.”

Jonathan Lamb, chief executive of the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, said: “The Scale-up Leader’s Academy is delivering a toolkit of invaluable knowledge to business owners that allows them to prepare for rapid and sustained business growth.

“For each cohort, we refine the programme to reflect our members feedback and to address the key challenges faced by scale-ups in our region such as access to talent and leadership development.

“On completion of the Academy, our members are fully equipped with everything they need to grow sustainable companies with the ongoing support of their senior leadership teams.

“We look forward to welcoming another 15 ambitious entrepreneurs to the Scale-up Leader’s Academy in the new year and encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch.”