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Teesside University Business School


LEAP 50 is a fully funded programme that puts you and your business at its heart, dedicated to giving you new knowledge, experiences and personal development to accelerate your business growth while successfully leading and managing that growth.

LEAP 50 is led by Teesside University and Tees Valley Combined Authority, in partnership with Tees Valley Business Compass and Virgin StartUp, drawing from Virgin’s network of highly experienced individuals. The programme is for CEOs and businesses with strong ambitions and growth potential, and the programme demonstrates our shared goal of supporting business growth and economic prosperity across the Tees Valley.

The programme consists of approximately 12 one-day workshops, hosted at either Teesside University’s Middlesbrough campus or at our Centre for Professional Executive Development in Darlington.

How you learn

We support you in determining the needs of your business, and help you identify the challenges that are slowing you down, and the actions needed to unblock your path to business growth, while building the capability you need to grow more quickly. You acquire actionable knowledge and skills that can have a direct impact on your business.

The programme is taught by a range of high quality and experienced professionals, with proven track records of working with and developing high growth scalable businesses. You take away actions from each intensive learning intervention and are encouraged to implement new ideas in your business. In addition, you also work with a cohort of learners from other North East based high growth and high growth potential businesses, and are encouraged to share experiences and knowledge with your cohort peers. The peer-to-peer learning, plus the combined knowledge and experience of the LEAP 50 cohort, is truly one of the programme’s strengths.

What you learn

Research shows that a key factor in accelerating the growth of businesses is the opportunity for tailored support aimed at helping you overcome the common obstacles you face. These include:

  • Talent and skills: finding employees to hire who have the skills you need
  • Leadership capacity: building the capability of your leadership team
  • Markets: accessing customers in home and international markets
  • Finance: accessing the right combinations of finance
  • Infrastructure: removing the barriers to growth

The LEAP 50 programme covers key aspects of scale up business practice linked with the above obstacles, but most importantly, the programme will be designed and tailored to meet the specific needs of the cohort and the diverse businesses represented.

What next

LEAP 50 Launch Event – The Curve, Teesside University, Middlesbrough An opportunity to learn more about this innovative learning experience that will have direct positive impact on participants businesses.

Introduction to Leap 50 – Rockliffe Hall, Darlington
A two-day residential to induct participants to the programme and kick start the learning experience.

Stakeholder Masterclass – Centre for Professional Executive Development, Darlington
Be inspired and informed on what is quietly already happening here in the North East – entrepreneurial businesses growing at pace, creating employment, developing talented people to support growth and generating positive impacts to our communities; but, we need to encourage more entrepreneurial leaders, and we need as many stakeholders as possible to be involved to make this happen.


LEAP 50 is a fully funded programme for all participants