This October marks the culmination of a 13-year dream for Phil Teasdale, CEO of Middlesbrough-based Enterprise Made Simple (EMS), with the launch of an executive education training centre at Riverside Park.
The company’s mission is to work with businesses locally and across the world, to sustain, grow and build, but it was always a goal to open a specific executive education centre on Teesside.
“We began to re-evaluate our growth ambitions when we ran our first international programme in Boston in February, pre-Covid,” says Phil.
“The successful delivery of our Inspiration USA programme solidified that idea and we started working through our own ambitions and making them a reality.”
Phil found the home for the training centre at Riverside Park. An 8,000-sq ft state-of-the-art space set over two floors, it will be used for both physical and digital training, and allows the majority of EMS’s staff to come together under one roof, with specialist trainers being invited along to support the “world class” training on offer.
“We have completely remodelled the building to our specifications,” says Phil.
“There’s enough room to ensure that we can retain social distancing without impacting the training, and for those who would prefer not to be present physically, we can still offer excellent digital training courses and events thanks to the creation of a digital training suite.”
The digital training element of the business came into its own during the pandemic, with EMS’s suite of training of online topics being sold to India, Australia and the USA to name but a few, as well as to those in our region and nationally.
The opening of the centre by a very special guest will coincide with a new logo and website with updated content, and despite not being officially open at the time Tees Business went to print, word has already spread, with unprecedented interest being shown in the forthcoming enterprise.
“Enquires are coming in thick and fast, both nationwide and from overseas,” Phil says.
“The new London Heathrow link to Teesside Airport has really helped. It’s made Teesside more accessible and, for us, it’s been a total game-changer. The expected train links direct from London to Middlesbrough will hopefully see business boom even more.”
For local businesses, Phil is busy lining up a series of networking sessions which he calls “Food Truck Fridays”.
He explains: “Because we have a large car park at the new facility, we are offering Friday networking sessions outdoors. We are inviting food trucks along which will serve a variety of food from around the world.”
Phil is also actively looking for collaborators.
“We know that some of the best trainers in the world are from the Tees Valley, so we would like to build strategic partnerships with those,” he added.
“We are open to new ideas, new innovative solutions and, most importantly, a group of collaborators who will help us become the worldwide established name for executive education right here on Teesside.
“The sign above the door when you enter the new centre says it all: ‘Through these doors pass some of the most exciting entrepreneurs in the world.’ We would love people to become part of our journey in a new, collaborative way.”
Whether you would like to be part of this growth, part of the next cohort of Inspiration USA, Going for Growth or In Cahoots, or perhaps just want a coffee, a chat and a look around the new building, Phil and the team would love to hear from you.
Find out more at enterprisemadesimple.co.uk.