Training Firm Goes Global After £30,000 Business Grant

Business & Invest | Published on: 8th July 2021

A Middlesbrough-based training and development company is now delivering its services worldwide after a £30,000 grant helped them create a new digital education centre and training venue.

Enterprise Made Simple, the largest business growth training company in the UK, has been operating in the region for 15 years and set its sights on opening the doors to its own centre and recruiting more staff.

To help achieve its ambitions, its CEO Phil Teasdale got in touch with Tees Valley Business, the one-stop shop for business support in the region established by the Tees Valley Mayor in 2020, and was awarded a £30,000 business growth grant.

This allowed the business to transform a derelict building in Middlesbrough’s Riverside Industrial Estate into a cutting-edge specialist training venue and digital education centre.

As a result of this, despite the coronavirus pandemic, the company is aiming to double its takeover, creating five new jobs for local people and planning to take on ten more.

Phil said: “The objective for us to get this funding and start this huge project was to grow our business, to recruit more people and to offer something that isn’t being offered anywhere else in the world, particularly not in our local area.

“The beauty of receiving this grant is that not only can we have people physically in this building, but we can be live streaming across the world as well. This has opened a huge market opportunity for our business and has helped us to grow massively.

We are now training people in areas as far-flung as India, Australia, and America; people that we would never have been able to reach before.

“This building was just a derelict site and with the help of the Tees Valley Business Growth Fund we’ve been able to transform this space into something that isn’t in existence in the Tees Valley, or the North East. The state-of-the-art equipment is the icing on the cake for our business. It will help us grow and, more to the point, it will help us help more people to grow as well.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Enterprise Made Simple is yet another example of a successful, innovative and outward-looking company that’s now able to grow, bring an empty building back into use and make waves globally, thanks to funding from our fantastic Tees Valley Business service.

“As we continue to recover from the impact of the coronavirus, it’s more important than ever our brilliant businesses of all sizes and types have easy access to the funding, advice and support they need to make their ambitions a reality.

“Tees Valley Business gives them exactly that, and it has helped hundreds of companies like Enterprise Made Simple go on to bigger and better things, create jobs and increase profits. Any business with aiming to grow should get in touch to see how our advisors can help you.”

The Tees Valley Business Growth Fund is receiving support from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

For more information on how Tees Valley Business could help you, visit

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